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Fools of Fortune | [William Trevor]

Fools of Fortune

When an informer’s body is found shortly after the First World War on the estate of the Quintons, a wealthy Irish family, an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans fire the family home, and only young Willie and his mother Evie escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother’s bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie, too, seems unable to forget the terrible injuries of the past.... Fools of Fortune won the Whitbread Novel of the Year award.
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When an informer’s body is found shortly after the First World War on the estate of the Quintons, a wealthy Irish family, an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans fire the family home, and only young Willie and his mother Evie escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother’s bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie, too, seems unable to forget the terrible injuries of the past....

Fools of Fortune won the Whitbread Novel of the Year award and was described in the Washington Post as, "Arresting, powerful and indelible. A story of courage and love... as tender and wistful as an Irish lament...."

©1983 William Trevor (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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  • M. Doherty
    Ireland
    4/8/13
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    "Excellent Story Telling"

    This is one book that immerses you emotionally with the troubled lives of the central characters. Trevor paints a wonderfully explicit portrait, with fine brush strokes, detailing life in Ireland at that time. The simplistic and unreal view of the damaged daughter is perhaps the way we would all like to imagine the world, but the reader instead is left with the heartfelt reality of lost lives. William Trevor at his best.

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