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MaCa
Birchwood | John Banville
Pickpick

This is a very knowing and very political gothic magic realist novel about the rotten and rotting Irish gentry. Banville's first novel and one of his most accessible ones (well, accessible by Banville standards). Time travel, a 19thc-century circus, a famine, a gothic pile, and all done in exquisite prose. Quite the ride

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Anna40
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Mehso-so

I wish I could rate this higher. I love Barry‘s writing style. It‘s witty and unusual, e.g. “looking out at the rain that as sure as Jesus had returned to make another wet joke of the summer.” The stories start of promising but then are either about self loathing or depressing “relationships” or both and are often boring.

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plemmdog
Tumbling in the Hay | Oliver St John Gogarty
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Panpan

I've read works by many physician-writers, but hadn't come across Gogarty till now. An Irish otolaryngologist and a Sinn Féiner during the Irish War for Independence, he served as a Free State Senator, and was also the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's Ulysses. I was hoping this novel would provide an interesting glimpse of medical training in the 1900s, but it‘s mostly a collection of vignettes that was a bit of a slog.

Megabooks Too bad because it sounds interesting. 2mo
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Tamra
Antarctica | Claire Keegan
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I hate it when I do this …… perusing my shelves and realize I chose to listen to the audio edition because I forgot I have a print copy! 😏

Aimeesue Whoops 2mo
Ruthiella Serious bookworm problem! 🙈 2mo
SamAnne Or, I. check the book out from the library and then find the copy on my shelf….🙄🙄🙄 (edited) 2mo
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Anna40
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Pickpick

There is good and there is great. Edna O‘Brien‘s short story The love object is great. Her style, the depth, the writing - brilliant.

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Tamra
Antarctica | Claire Keegan
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Pickpick

👍🏾👍🏾I love short stories and Keegan has become an auto buy/read for me. Now I want to find a paper copy for my shelves because they are worth rereading.

The narrators were fabulous for the audio version!

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Bibliobear
The Complete Novels | Flann O'Brien
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“Is it life?“ “I would rather be without it for there is queer small utility in it. You cannot eat it or drink it or smoke it in your pipe, it does not keep the rain out & it is a poor armful in the dark if you strip it & take it to bed with you after a night of porter when you are shivering with the red passion. It is a great mistake & a thing better done without, like bed-jars & foreign bacon.”

Remembering Flann O'Brien on his birthday.

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BookwormM
Fools of Fortune | William Trevor
Mehso-so

#Reading1001

This tackles an important point in history but it does it in such a way that all the “action” happens off screen. I found myself frequently confused a major event would have occurred in the book but you would only find out what and how much later in the story, it was all shrouded in subtle hints as if the reader was meant to know what those hints meant. Perhaps other readers did, perhaps it is just me that missed it.

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TheLudicReader
Night | Edna O'Brien
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Bailedbailed

September #bookspin fail. I just wasn‘t in the mood for O‘Brien‘s rambling.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Not every book is a match 😕 5mo
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