Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful: a secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance.
Short listed for the Man Booker 2008 Prize
©2008 Sebastian Barry; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing
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"Morals and Misfortunes"
Roseanne is nearly 100. She has been in the same asylum for 60 years, and now it's due to be demolished, her psychiatrist has to work out whether she deserves a bed in the new facility. The narrative switches between what the psychiatrist hears in their sessions and what Roseanne writes in her secret journals. It's difficult to listen to the hard lines drawn by the local priest and how his word was gospel, ruining whatever happiness she seemed to have. You never really know what is true and what Roseanne has imagined to make life more bearable, but that makes the story more intriguing.
"Waste of a credit"
For the first time ever, I've given up halfway through and I can safely say, having lost the will to live part way through the first half of the download, I cannot even name a character in this book let alone what the story is about - yes...its that mind numbingly boring.
"Worth checking out"
This is book is very compelling to listen to especially as it shows what use to happen in times gone by when someone was put into an asylum for no apparent reason at all. It takes you through Roseannes life as seen by her and shows how this life was distorted to conform to others ways of thinking and her life ruined by this a very compelling read and an insight into how things were and might still be but for reforms. And also shows her determination to ensure that her past is remembered in a small way through her writings
.... once I began listening it was difficult to stop. The characters are brought to life by the brilliant narration. What a great writer!!!
A wonderful and gripping story written in language so
perfect that it makes you gasp. Read to perfection.
You will think about Rosseane for a long time after
you finish this book.
The best audio book I have ever listened to.
This is an audiobook I've returned to many times. Not something I do often. The writing style is just beautiful and the reader is perfect. I was utterly spellbound by the combination. It's nothing short of painting with words.
And that's just the icing on the cake. A great but gritty story, captivating characters and an insightful look of how we see and are seen by others.
Very much a winner in my books.
this audio book had me enthralled from the moment it started.............i hadn't heard of it or its narrator before but the book was a recommendation by a good friend, and not wanting to tell her i was not in the slightest interested in the subject i thought i would get it as an audio book for my ipod and let it lull me to sleep at night.
well as i said it held me in thrall from first to last and the narrator is so good you believed him to be all the characters in their turn. so good in fact was he that this months book for me is one narrated by him even though i have no idea what the book is like.
"The great and the good"
This fall somewhere on the continuum between a good novel and a great novel. What is great is the concentration of closely observed emotions and commentary on contemporary Ireland. What is good is the story telling and the narrative flow. So, why is it not all great? Because it relies in large part on stuff that we’ve all heard before - the noble rebel, the treacherous priest, the untameable colleen, Green and Gold become Black and White and in the end the tying together of the threads become all too unbelievable. Glimpses of brilliance but a bit too much chick in this lit.
"intriguing, beguiling tale beautifully told"
Though I have only listened to the taster, this has whetted my appetite for more. The reader's voice has a lyrical quality and draws the listener in. The story has depth and mystery. Worth a listen!
"stretched co-incidence too far"
As the book drew to its end and I realised (who could not) what the author was planning to do as his "reveal" I kept telling myself that surely, surely, he wouldn't expect us to stretch our belief in co-incidence that far. But yes, there it was (I won't give it away just in case you do actually read it). And what woman worth her salt would hang around waiting for eight years for someone else to decide her fate?
Don't bother reading it - you'll be disapointed.
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