I read The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien years ago, but remembered nothing of it. And as it’s the book for One City One Book in Dublin this month, I thought it was a good chance to reread it. Even better was that I was able to grab the audiobook in the library, which is read by the author.The Country Girls (The Country Girls Trilogy, #1) by Edna O'Brien
Published by Plume on June 25, 2002
Genres: Classic, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction
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Meet Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together. As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship. Kate, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love, while Baba just wants to experience the life of a single girl. Although they set out to conquer the world together, as their lives take unexpected turns, Kate and Baba must ultimately learn to find their own way.
7 thoughts on The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
1. Baba is toxic. And their “friendship” also seems toxic to me. I keep expecting more from her, but she let me (not to mention Cait) down with a bang time after time. Without fail. But she also added humour, so I couldn’t fully hate her.
2. The “romance” gave me shivers. And not in a good way. Also toxic. Not to mention illegal. I do like Cait ( the main character) but I still wanted to beat her over the head at times for being starry eyed over “Mr Gentleman”.
4. Her Dad is an asshole. The word toxic is on the tip of my tongue, but I think I’ve said it enough already in this review.
5. I loved the quirky characters like Cait’s boss, her landlady, and Hickey, her parents farmhand. They added droll moments that had me smirking, and unexpected tender moments too.
6. The writing style really appealed to me, it’s descriptive but also simple and straightforward. It made me feel nostalgic, but also glad that Ireland has moved on from the grim place described in the books.
7. The book ends very abruptly. It felt jarring, and I need to know what happens next. Guess I’ll be finishing the trilogy so.