A Little bit of Irish

March 17, 2013 Bookish Fun, Green Giants 11

Happy Paddy’s day everyone 🙂  As you may or may not know I’m Irish and in honour of the day that’s in it, I’m going to share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors with you and do a little mini review for them. 

The 3 I’m showing you are all very different types of books but what they have in common is that they are all keepers for me and all have been reread many times.  So in case you have never read any Irish authors, here is my sampler menu for you.

First up The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle

“I swooned the first time I saw Charlo. I actually did. I didn’t faint or fall on the floor but my legs went rubbery on me and I giggled. I suddenly knew that I had lungs because they were empty and collapsing.”

This is quick review of what I wrote on GoodReads last time I read this book:

This was another reread for me and I think the very fact that it is a reread says a lot. When I read this the first time, there was a huge shock factor when I read the vivid description of the horrible abuse Paula endured. This time around I was expecting it but it still got to me. Without a shadow of a doubt Paula is one of the most authentic woman’s voice I have ever read and I’m amazed that it was written by a man. Not an easy, comfort read but still highly recommended.

Next Echoes by Maeve Binchy

“Don’t boast of it, you little tramp. Don’t stand there like a slut in my kitchen and tell me what you were eager for and what you weren’t. You’ve ruined us all in this family. We’ll be the laughing stock of the place – marrying into the Powers no less. Do you think that Mrs Power is going to let the likes of you cross her doorstep? Do you think that woman is going to let her son, with the fine education he has, marry a girl from a shop in Castlebay?”

I must have originally read this book about 25 years ago and it’s one of my comfort books.  Yes, I know most people have comfort food but I have comfort books!  This book is the literary equivalent of wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket, settling yourself on an old but comfy couch and having a long gossip with a good friend.  It’s heartwarming (but still gritty), the characters are multi dimensional with lots of flaws but remain engaging.  Echoes gives a lovely snapshot of Ireland as it used to be in the 60’s (No!, I wasn’t around then! But according to my mother it’s authentic).  Not that it’s rose tinted, there is a lot about social class divides and the ending is not a happily ever after one but it is realistic.

Lastly In The Woods by Tana French

“What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this — two things: I crave truth.           And I lie. ” 

“I read a lot. I always have, but in those two years I gorged myself on books with a voluptuous, almost erotic gluttony. I would go to the local library and take out as many as I could, and then lock myself in the bedsit and read solidly for a week. I went for old books, the older the better–Tolstoy, Poe, Jacobean tragedies, a dusty translation of Laclos–so that when I finally resurfaced, blinking and dazzled, it took me days to stop thinking in their cool, polished, crystalline rhythms.”  

I have a very important statement here so listen up.  YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.  I would be a very bad friend and blogger if I didn’t tell you how amazing this writer is.  Don’t read the blurb, it doesn’t do it justice.  Just buy it, read it!  And then buy her other 3, she just gets better and better.  They are dark, mess with your head, psychological master pieces that will rattle you. Tana French will have you flicking the pages as fast as your eyes can read but at the same time the writing is so unique you will want to linger and savour.  Go read, enjoy 😀

Bookish Chat : Have you read any of these or do you think you will try any of them?  Let me know, as I always I love getting comments, they make happy that you took the time to join in.

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11 Responses to “A Little bit of Irish”

  1. astichoquette

    I haven’t read any of these books (or honestly, have even heard of any of them), but In the Woods intrigues me – especially with your rave review! I don’t read a lot of murder books so it’d be a nice change, so it’s definitely going on my TBR list!

  2. Lark

    I really like Maeve Binchy, but have never read the others. It sounds from your description, though, that the Tana French is right up my alley. I’m definitely adding it to my list!

  3. Trish Hannon

    And thank you Kimba for taking the time to come check them out 🙂 Its not like you don’t have enough on your hands with the Read-A-Thon this weekend!

  4. Diamond Cronen

    Oh my Gosh, I have comfort books too! Haha, awesome! And this author, Tana French sounds amazing…*quickly adds to my goodreads shelf* I loved that quote! I always want to learn more about Ireland, seeing as though I’m 1/4 Irish! (My last name, Cronen, is Irish 😉 These books may be a good start…

    Oh, and I followed your blog and on twitter, lets help each other read more classics! [I’ll add you on GR too]

  5. Booksnyc

    I love Maeve Binchy’s books and Echoes is a great choice. I still haven’t read Roddy Doyle or Tana French but they are on my shelves!

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