In a diary-like stream of image, impression, expression and experience, this book catalogues the mundane agony of the poor Irish child confronted at every turn with abundant opportunities for a sensational, scandalous and steadfast descent into eternal fire and damnation.
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"Edna O'Brien is one of our bravest and best novelists." --Irish Times
"The artfully artless manner of the telling, the pared-to-the-bone prose, and richly comic overtones generate the novel's particular illumination, and it's of a high intensity...To my mind this is O'Brien's finest book." –Patricia MacManus, Saturday Review
"O'Brien brings together the earthy and the delicately poetic: she has the soul of Molly Brown and the skills of Virginia Woolf. --Newsweek
A Pagan Place is Edna O'Brien's true novel of Ireland. Here she returns to that uniquely wonderful, terrible, peculiar place she once called home and writes not only of a life there – of the child becoming a woman – but of the Irish experience out of which that life arises – perhaps more pointedly than in any of her other works. This is the Ireland of country villages and barley fields, of druids in the woods, of unknown babies in the womb, of mischievous girls and Tans with guns. Ireland has marked Edna O'Brien's life and work with unmistakable color and depth, and here she recreates her homeland with a singular grace and intensity.
Edna O'Brien is the author of numerous books, including Night, Down by the River, House of Splendid Isolation, Time and Tide, Lantern Slides, and, most recently, Wild Decembers. O'Brien grew up in Ireland and now lives in London.About the Author:
EDNA O’BRIEN is the author of eighteen works of fiction, including the New York Times Notable Books and Book Sense picks Wild Decembers and In the Forest, and Lantern Slides, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2002 she won the National Medal for Fiction from the National Arts Club. An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, O’Brien was born and grew up in Ireland and has lived in London for many years.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Tanned edges, Bend in corner, 203 pages. In a diary-like stream of image, impression, expression and experience, this book catalogues the mundane agony of the poor Irish child confronted at every turn with abundant opportunities for a sensational, scandalous and steadfast descent into eternal fire and damnation. Bookseller Inventory # 8989
Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1971. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140033416