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The Last Estate

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Conor Bowman

Love conquers all. That evergreen sentiment lights up this short novel, the first U.S. publication for its Irish author.  A knife flashes and a boy is cut in the opening sentence. It s a minor injury in a children s scuffle, but also a portent … see full wiki

Author: Conor Bowman
Publisher: Permanent Press
2 reviews about The Last Estate
review by . May 05, 2011
When we imagine the area of Provence, France, we think of a panorama of vineyards and peaceful surroundings.      The narrator of this coming of age novel, Christian Aragan, is seventeen and about to graduate. His geography teacher, Vivienne Pleyden is age twenty-four. The time of the novel is mostly after WWI.      Vivienne's husband Stephane is a controlling, abusive man who beat her so often that it was normal to see her hat school with make-up attempting …
review by . August 27, 2010
Written by an Irishman, set in the wine-country of 1920s France, The Last Estate by Conor Bowman combines the darkness and depth of Irish story-telling with the beauty of a French village, the mystique of the Pon D'Avignon, and the cruel history of the first world war.      The story is beautifully crafted. It starts with a cut that slices a young boy's face; one moment, one blade to change everything, though forgiveness waits in the wings, even beyond the grave. Cut …
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