wanda mc caddon did a wonderful job
this story really deserves a thick irish brogue
her diction is lyrical but always intelligible
the tale is one of relentless irish adversity
the british, the church and other irish are all equally cruel
to have anything of your own is its' own small victory
? how do you live in a world not designed with you in mind
? how do you remain sane while constantly under attack
? where can you find a home in this uncaring society
there is a beautiful paragraph near the start of the book
it reports to be about signs for catching or not catching salmon
as it turns out you never really do catch a salmon
no matter what ; life won't turn out the way you planned
there is no real use in complaining and worrying about it
it's what you do after you learn this fact that really matters
The narration was tremendous. Unlike some other listeners/readers, I loved the careful depiction of the small things because it put me directly into the story in a visceral way.
I want to say all of them. Her description of her father shaving, the discussion of his downfall, the clandestine burial, Roseanne and Eneas, the conversations with Dr. Grene, and old Mrs. McNulty turning Roseanne away in the storm.
I have not, but I would certainly listen to her read anything. She could enliven the directions on a toothpaste tube!
I had so many reactions. Some of it was disgust and shock, some of it was a sense of extreme tenderness. Sometimes what I felt was rage and disgust at how unkind people and institutions can be.
I bought this because I also purchased two of the Neopolitan Novels by Ferrante at the same time and the algorithm of Audible thought they were similar. The difference, for me, is that I could NOT finish the Ferrante books. The hardscrabble life depicted in those books was so mean, so unyielding and ugly that I couldn't get past a few hours. However Barry's writing and McCaddon's performance brought this story of very hard Irish country life to breathe in a way that was insightful and though describing lives that were tightly socially controlled (even unto manipulation), the story also contained so many moments of tangible sweetness and always always a sense of hope that I fell in love with this book and with Roseanne.
How does one live a life that is lost, even without dying, especially when that life had held so much promise? This is a story, an almost painfully poignant story, of a girl, Roseanne, growing up in the small town Ireland of the first half of the 20th century. Roseanne was burdened doubly by being Presbyterian and exceptionally beautiful – something which seems to have drawn the suspicious censure of the local priest. This is not a simple story – it is filled with the complexities, tragedies and beauties of the human experience.
Told from the perspective of an aged Roseanne who has been living in a mental asylum for the past 50+ years and that of her attending psychiatrist, the story draws you in to the world in which Roseanne lived – both terrible and beautiful, and with many unexpected turns along the way. Beautifully written and narrated.
I purchased this book several years ago. It was only my second book from Audible.com. Because it is a complicated story, it took a great deal of concentration to keep track of all the players. I just re-read it and this time it was pure pleasure. This time I could appreciate the richness of the writing and the beauty of narration. One of the very best!
The narrator. I loved listening to the story because the narrator spoke with an Irish accent. Also, I thought the writing was really lovely, almost poetic.
I like novels that blend a secret/story from the past with the present day. I have read Kate Morton's books and enjoyed them all.
Yes, I have. As Donada Peters, she narrated Wuthering Heights. She was phenomenal. I laughed out loud ( in a good way) at her interpretations of some of the characters.
The main character, Roseanne McNulty, was the most memorable for me because she was strong and because she lived in a time and place where this would not have been encouraged.
The Catholic priest in this story was quite a negative character, and his influence over his parishioners was huge. The things done then in the name of God or the Church are hard to imagine today.
It still astonishes me what self-righteous religious people will do to others who they deem are not as deserving of the favor of God as themselves. This is a remarkable story of a woman who would not become a Catholic. Because of this, and the religious beliefs of those who opposed her, her life was destroyed. She writes this story at the age of 100 in the asylum were she has spent much of her life.
I liked the narrators accent but the recording was a little difficult to hear. I think it is the quality of the recording not the narrator. I found I had to listen to it at a much higher volume than I usually use and at times I had to rewind, put both earphones on and re-listen with no background noise in order to understand everything.
Story never gelled for me.
Yes, I believe she did the best she could with material available.
Roseanne was endearing.