A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.
The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age, their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.
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It was more like listening to a drama than reading a book, the dialogue was a brilliant character study and I especially enjoyed the matriarch with her devious and charming manipulation of the family. I laughed and cried, the reader made this audiobook as much as the writer.
I found the arrangement of different characters and stories a little dislocated at times and the ending was abrupt.
But I will listen to it again, the novel drops you right into the centre of Irish life, wherever it is, either in New York, Africa or the Emerald Isle itself!.
While Enright retains the fluid prose that so draws me to her writing, this book - The Green Mile - is perhaps somewhat less lyrical than The Last Waltz or others.
But the story is a good one. I'd like it to have been longer, with the characters, who I found quite compelling, to have been drawn a little more fully.
She is a beautiful storyteller, of superb talent and wit. I hope we continue to hear from her for years to come.
"Another Family Gathering"
I enjoyed both together and the audiobook added significantly to my enjoyment of the book. However, the writing is so richly detailed that i would be scared I would miss something without the print book in my hand.
I loved every page of it, but especially loved the stories of matriach Rosaleen's four children after they leave home. Was most moved by the story of burned out aid worker Emmet and the dog which enters his life, courtesy of his girlfriend, Alice.
It was so nice to hear it read in an Irish accent, and her voice brought out the poetry of the language. She dramatised the dialogue very well, and brought alive the individual voices.
(She was a little bit fast though and someone should tell her how to pronounce Aceh!)
No matter how old you get, you never escape your need for your mother's approval.
I really loved this book and thought it so much better than Enright's earlier novel The Gathering. I hope it will be at least shortlisted for the Booker in 2015.
"Wonderful in its truth"
I've never read a book that gets the loves and loathing, the likes and dislikes of a family. Not to others but of itself.
The balance that a family has - where just a word from a parent can change everyone's feelings around a table.
This was a truly brilliant book that became even better when hearing it in an accent you couldn't read yourself.
"Wonderful book and beautifully read"
Beautifully drawn characters and great attention to detail and dialogue. I haven't enjoyed a book so much since I listened to the Goldfinch. I am yet to read the others on the shortlist for the Bailey's Women's prize for fiction, but am sure this is a very worthy winner.
"Disjointed Irish family, with Ma in charge"
A gripping story of the lives of the four grown-up children of Roselina, who've drifted apart, but she finds a way to bring them together again...
Really enjoyed this from about half way in. Found the first section hard to get into.
"Wonderful voice and beautiful story "
such a great listen! very human characters and a touching complex family story. finished it in a few days!
"Brilliant - until the last page"
I enjoyed this beautifully crafted book. Some intricate scene setting in the first half, leading to a wonderful family crisis in the second. But a really, really weak ending spoilt this for me.
Great narration - I loved that Irish lilt and all the characterisations.
"Very knowingly read. I enjoyed the style and visualising the location on the beautiful Irish West coast,"
Very well read with
Good character performances. I enjoyed the style and visualising the location on the beautiful Irish West coast, the Juxtaposition of the characters and the knowing irishness of it all.
"genital cleverly written"
could listen to it all day while i pottered and cleaned my houes.
did not want it to finish
can not wait to listen to another book by Anne Enright and read by Caroline Lennon
"Family simmering with tensions"
Brilliant yet subtle picture of two generations simmering with resentments at imagined and actual passed slights with a traditional mammy at the centre who loves them all but cannot resist carping and finding fault with everyone and everything!
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