Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

February 1, 2016

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Literature — Femmes @ 5:04 pm
Title: A Whole Life Author: Robert Seethaler Genre: Literature Publisher: Picador Release Date: October 8, 2015 Pages: 160

Meeting Date: 30th January 2016

This book was chosen by Sinéad and our latest meeting doubled up as a birthday celebration for one of our members.

The book was enjoyed by all scoring 1 x 5, 2 x 4 and 1 x 3.


Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few

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January 10, 2012

The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Irish,Literature — The Historian @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Story of Lucy Gault Author: William Trevor Genre: Cork (Ireland) Release Date: 2010 Pages: 227

Summer, 1921. Eight-year-old Lucy Gault clings to the glens and woods above Lahardane - the home her family is being forced to abandon. She knows the Gaults, as Protestants, are no longer welcome in Ireland and that danger threatens. She is headstrong and decides that somehow she must force her parents into staying. But the path she chooses ends

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Literature — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God Author: Zora Neale Hurston Genre: Literature Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: 2006-05-30 Pages: 256 Meeting: Friday 21st November 2003

As a first choice for the book club, I choose Zora Neal Hurston’s ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ because of it’s huge influence on other American writers such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and Maya Angelou. Hurston’s writing was not as well received by other authors of her time, such as Richard Wright (Native Son &amp

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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Literature — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
Title: Bel Canto Author: Ann Patchett Genre: Literature Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Release Date: 2002 Pages: 318 Meeting: Sunday 27th April 2003

A spellbinding novel set in the sumptuous home of a humble vice-president of an un-named Latin American country.

The action begins, and just as quickly dissipates, when kidnappers burst into a party given in honour of a visiting Japanese businessman and would-be investor.

Amidst the andante that follows we watch the unlikely relationships that develop

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Bel-Ami by Guy De Maupassant

Filed under: Book Reviews,Classics,Literature — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
Title: Bel-ami Author: Guy Maupassant Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: ePenguin Release Date: 1975-08-28 Pages: 416

Georges Duroy moves to the city to improve his fortunes and finds himself working as a lowly railway clerk. While debating what meal to have before going hungry, he runs into an old friend, Forestier, who has done well for himself. Enquiring as to his fortunes, Duroy finds that his wealth is derived from journalism, a career Forestier urges him to

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The Master by Colm Tóibín

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Literature — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Master Author: Colm Tóibín Genre: Literature, Irish Publisher: Pan Macmillan Release Date: 2005-01 Pages: 359

The Master is Colm Tóibín’s sixth work of fiction and by far his best. Shortlisted for the 2004 Booker Prize, Tóibín was unlucky not to win. Focusing on the life of Henry James, Tobin has created a wonderful work of fiction that reads like a biography.

The book opens in 1895 as James’ play Guy Domville has received an appalling reception

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The Summer House, Later by Judith Herman

Filed under: Book Reviews,Literature — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Summer House, Later Author: Judith Hermann Genre: Literature Publisher: HarperCollins UK Release Date: 2001 Pages: 138

Subtitled “A book about the moment before happiness”, ‘The Summer House, Later’ has variously been described as melancholy, elegant, powerful, touching and reflective – it is all of those things and more. A literary sensation in her native Germany, Judith Herman achieves a kind of stillness in her writing that is both

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Portrait In Sepia by Isabel Allende

Filed under: Book Reviews,Literature — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Portrait in Sepia Author: Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden, Genre: Literature Publisher: HarperCollins UK Release Date: 2002 Pages: 304

If you are an Isabel Allende fan you’ll already know what to expect from her new book. ‘Portrait In Sepia’ is a densely plotted tale set amongst an extended family, peopled by unforgettable exiles and marginalized characters and written in Allende’s typically rich and sensuous manner. This is the third in a loose trilogy

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English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

Filed under: Book Reviews,Literature — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: English Passengers Author: Matthew Kneale Genre: Aboriginal Tasmanians Publisher: Penguin UK Release Date: 2001-01 Pages: 462

In 2001 an unusual development arose during the final judging of one of Britain’s most prestigious literary awards. The Whitbread Prize Book of the Year Award (the most hotly contested category) looked as though it might be a draw – until Tim Rice stepped in. As the literary world held its breath, Sir Tim used his casting vote to award

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Loving Che by Ana Menendez

Filed under: Book Reviews,Literature — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: Loving Che Author: Ana Menéndez Genre: Fiction Publisher: Grove Press Release Date: 2004-11 Pages: 229 “Farewell, but you will be with me, you will go within a drop of blood circulating in my veins”

These lines from a Pablo Neruda poem are the only link to the past that a young Cuban woman has to her mother. The words, scrawled on a piece of paper, are pinned to her clothes as she is abandoned to the care of her grandfather. The time is Cuba, at the height of the revolution, when the city’s inhabitants are fleeing the terror of Batista

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