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Another fun and lighthearted trip to enjoy the last of the summer. 6/10

Pagan Place | Edna O'Brien
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Weekly Highlights

The World and All That It Holds by Aleksandar Hemon

Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway

Sing Me Who You Are by Elizabeth Berridge

The Uncle's Story by Witi Ihimaera

Kin by Miljenko Jergović

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Voice: Adam Pottle on Writing with Deafness by Adam Pottle

A Pagan Place by Edna O'Brien

shawnmooney Pearl by Siân Hughes

Dot & Ralfie by Amy Hoffman

These Particular Women by Kat Meads

An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa
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Death of a Naturalist | Seamus Heaney

Gorgeous poems from a master poet in this re-release of his 1966 debut collection. Beautiful narration from Brid Brennan, Adrian Dunbar and Stephen Rea.

It's also available on BBC Sounds atm 😍

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Dubliners | James Joyce
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Had a grand day in Dublin. Started an appropriate book AND did the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl tour hosted by actors Kevin and Frank. All the love. Afterwards visiting over whisky I told them I might cajole some fellow literary lovers into a Joyce readalong. Ulysses, anyone?

arlenefinnigan Aw I loved the Dublin Literary pub crawl. Ulysses is.....a challenge. 😂 1mo
arlenefinnigan Have you been to Trinity College library to see the Book of Kells? 1mo
SamAnne @arlenefinnigan we did the tour this morning. If I could it other I‘d do the Beatty Museum or something else. Way too tourista and packed out. Had a lovely time at the National Gallery of Art. Now having a pint at Kennedys where so many writers hung out and where Oscar Wilde had his first job. Sitting next to fanatical James Joyce readers—one woman has read it 9 times and participated in regular readalongs. Love this city! 1mo
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Larkken I‘ve always had a soft spot for Ulysses… 💕 1mo
arlenefinnigan @SamAnne ah that sound amazing, enjoy! 1mo
SamAnne @Larkken I have to read it now!! 1mo
dabbe Me when you say DUBLINERS: 😃
We when you say ULYSSES 😳
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Irish Folk and Fairy Tales | William Butler Yeats
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Having finished the third novel & the epilogue in O'Brien's trilogy this morning, I am at a loss at how to adequately review it, especially as I didn't post a review for the second book in the trilogy. So I have decided to list a few random thoughts on the trilogy:
*The final book in the trilogy is incredible. It's my favorite of the three & reviewers who shied away bc it was “less rollicking“* (NY Times) seem to have missed the point

vivastory The second book, “The Lonely Girls, was my least favorite of the trilogy but was necessary overall esp as O'Brien was dealing with the backlash from the first book.*The Lonely Girls is where my feelings about Baba began to shift. I found her maddening in book 1.*This is a rare example of a work where the epilogue adds to the story.*Kate & Baba are two of my favorite characters that I have read this year & I won't be forgetting either one anytime 2mo
vivastory soon. They are not “perfect“ characters, but they are interesting characters & that is what I want in a story. *I'm no expert on contemporary Irish fiction, but I think it is safe to say that O'Brien's influence is vast. Hard to imagine a John Boyne or a Sally Rooney without her blazing the way. 2mo
BarbaraBB So cool that you read this trilogy. I never did while I read some of her later works and agree that she must have a big impact on current Irish fiction. 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I read one book in the trilogy per month over the past 3 months or so. Most of them are more novella length. I added a couple of her other works after I finished today & am really looking forward to reading those. 2mo
BarbaraBB A deep dive into Edna O‘Brien. Impressive 2mo
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That Lady | Kate O'Brien
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A random plaque on a hill above the palace in Madrid lead me to Kate O'Brien. Love these random book discoveries.

Poems and Exiles | James Joyce
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IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
dabbe 💙💚💙 3mo
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Not a bad place to start. It‘s certainly the easiest source to find for learning the Irish language. My concern comes mostly from the sudden piling on of mostly new vocabulary at lesson 8, where all the other lessons added a limited amount of new information mixed in with review from the previous lessons. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 #Irish #IrishLanguage #AncestralLanguage

GingerAntics Also, the entire thing is dedicated to going to a pub and talking to someone for the first time, and how to respond to an invitation to their home within 10 minutes (something not likely to happen in real life). It is certainly more realistic than duolingo, but still not really useful beyond the first 5 or 6 lessons. 3mo
quietlycuriouskate One for my husband's radar: he's been learning Irish on Duolingo and complains about the nonsensical sentences it asks him to translate. 3mo
GingerAntics @kathedron this was definitely better, and I felt like I at least had a handle on actually saying something useful in Irish. It‘s a starting point for sure. I think the number one thing with this is you actually get human, native speakers of Irish. I‘ve recently found a few more beginner Irish audiobook/lessons, so I look forward to seeing how those expand my vocabulary, and hopefully he can find something he likes, too. 3mo
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Loving Without Tears | Molly Keane
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📚📬Bookmail Day!

This one sounds like it could be a good bookclub or group read. Anyone read it?

#virago #middlebrow #viragobooks

Tamra No, but it sounds great! 3mo
jlhammar Lovely edition. I‘ve not read it yet, but loved Good Behaviour. Definitely want to give her others a try eventually. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I haven‘t read Good Behavior either. I‘ve realized I‘ve got to try to get into a few of her novels this year. She‘s an author I haven‘t really read yet. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I thought so too! 3mo
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