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
It took me three attempts to get into this book, but I'm glad I did. The mystery came together and it was worth the listen to get to the end. The narrator grew on me. I listen a lot while driving and at first the Irish accent was difficult to understand. I ended up listening to it at home. Eventually, I was able to continue in the car. I'm sure there are still key points I missed. I repeated chapters on many occasions. I'm torn between glad I got through it and missing the two main characters and the narrator.
Love Outlander, Isabel Dalhousie et al., and the whole audiobook experience. Also on the lookout for narrators as good as Davina Porter.
... of a gem of a book. It's as much by Wanda McCaddon as by Sebastian Barry. A perfect gem of art.
I am not sure which audience this would appeal to. I thought at first that it was just a slow start. I kept listening thinking anytime now it will pick up reveal a reason or a purpose.. sadly it did not.
I am not sure.
The narrator was wonderful
There was too much detail about unimportant things. Surroundings and such where there should have been more detail about the actual story. I found myself thinking frequently I had missed something.
This book was very frustrating. I feel like there was a good story there, but poorly told at times even confusing. The ending, well just like the book underwhelming..
I found the staggering lilt of this story lent well to aiding the reader/listener in feeling the madness that crept in a bit at a time.. All people have their breaking point. In the end I saw the fortitude the main character had and better understood what her mind had to do for the sake of survival.
A reminder of how repressive society was as we entered the 1900s. An unknown friend lacks the clout to keep the heroine from a being locked in a mental asylum but never gives up his vigil until he can hand it to another.
What a complex story! I enjoyed this book although it is slower paced. It is beautifully written with poetic descriptions. It is carefully woven from past to present unfolding a tragic story of a young Irish girl told by herself. Also the musing of a doctor of psychology whom the main character is a patient. These two voices combine to unfold a shocking tale! I would recommend this to anyone interested in Irish history, psychology, tragedy, and well written fiction. It is a tale I won't soon forget! It has given me much to think about. I may use this for my next book club pick.
I love the out doors, and I love to read a good book outside in my hammock or on the water. Listening while gardening.
I struggled to the finish. Would not be one I would recommend. Fair to say ok
I'm just not sure why I should like this book or not like it. The narration is terrific though. More than anything parts of it are not believable and the Irish history was a bit long in the tooth at times.