Troubles is the riveting story of Major Brendan Archer, who travels to Ireland to meet his fiancée, Angela, in 1919. They have met only once before, a few years earlier in Brighton, and have conducted a long-distance relationship ever since. Within a few days of his arrival in Kilnalough, however, Angela dies of Leukemia. But the old, dilapidated hotel her father owns—plus a local woman, Sarah—cast a certain spell over Major Archer. He decides to stay on at The Majestic Hotel, surrounded by old ladies, various animals, and the eccentric and fervently Protestant owner of the hotel, Edward Spencer. Meanwhile, another Ireland is rising up outside—"troubles" of both the political and social kind are about to rear their heads.
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J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool in 1935 and spent a good deal of his life abroad, including periods in France and North America, and then settled in London where he wrote most of his novels. In April 1979 he went to live in County Cork where only four months later he was drowned in a fishing accident.Review:
It's funny, sad and beautifully written; it's prescient, wise, original and unexpectedly eccentric. Vote JG, I say. Or even better, just read him. -- Rachel Cooke OBSERVER Troubles has everything: great story, compelling characters, believable dialogue and big ideas. It's a book good enough to win the Booker in any year. Not just 1970. -- John Crace GUARDIAN Like Fawlty Towers written by Evelyn Waugh -- Rachel Cooke Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, 2010 'I can't praise this book enough. It's a good rule that reviewers should be forbidden from using the word "genius"...But it's hard to know what else to say when faced with a book like Troubles. There's no avoiding it. JG Farrell was a genius.' -- Sam Jordison GUARDIAN BOOKS BLOG No finer work has ever been written about this transitional period in Irish history: it remains a landmark in 20th-century Irish literature, and one that deserves to win The One And Only Great Retrospective Booker. -- Kevin Myers IRISH INDEPENDENT Troubles stands up at every stage. It has a fine beginning and a brilliant ending, and is sustained throughout by this wit, laughter and intelligence. -- Tobias HIll INDEPENDENT meaty and magnificent'He [Farrell] is a master at controlling pace, and his writing is satisfyingly solid. He is capable of the most vigorous farce, and then he will bring things to the knife edge of tragedy'a fine and fitting winner. -- Philip Womack DAILY TELEGRAPH Poignant, meticulously observed, often hilarious, it is one of the finest novels of the past 50 years. -- Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY
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Book Description 1984-05-10., 1984. Book Condition: New. Flamingo. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 448pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1720955