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Troubles | [J. G. Farrell]

Troubles

A listener follows Brendan Archer, a major in the British Army, to County Wicklow in Ireland, where he is supposed to meet the woman he thinks he will marry. When his plans do not turn out quite as he imagined, he decides to stay on at The Majestic - a crumbling coastal hotel - which holds a strange charm and many eccentric, often amusing, inhabitants.
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Publisher's Summary

J. G. Farrell was born in England and moved to Ireland around the age of 12. Often mistaken for an Irish-born writer, this is mainly because Troubles, the first book of his Empire Trilogy (also including The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip) takes a comical yet political and personal look at the realities of the Irish fight for independence against the might of the British Empire.

A listener follows Brendan Archer, a major in the British Army, to County Wicklow in Ireland, where he is supposed to meet the woman he thinks he will marry. When his plans do not turn out quite as he imagined, he decides to stay on at The Majestic - a crumbling coastal hotel - which holds a strange charm and many eccentric, often amusing, inhabitants.

Made into a film for television in 1988, Troubles is an involving and interesting listen, both touching and enthralling.

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What the Critics Say

"It's humorously and, above all, intelligently read by the peerless Sean Barrett. I'm so grateful to have it... if you've never read Farrell, you're in for a rare treat." (The Guardian)

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    David Seattle, WA, United States 09-09-11
    David Seattle, WA, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A nearly perfect short, lyrical book"

    I like all three novels in Farrell's trilogy, but this one, like Woolf's To the Lighthouse, has a perfect structure and is exquisitely written. It is performed admirably.
    The story will not be to everyone's liking. It is funny and melancholy at the same time, like other Farrell novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Quorrobolong Australia 10-05-11
    Linda Quorrobolong Australia 10-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "okay but jumpy"

    interesting concept and great characters but story jumps all over the place . I won't get another abridged version. would make a great TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Patrick
    dublin, Ireland
    7/8/08
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    "An excellent book wonderfully read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I first read it more than 20 years ago but didn't expect to be as impressed as I was by this reading of it. Sean Barrett captures beautifully the crumbling world J. G Farrell creates, but behind the the gentle humour he also reveals the twisted loyalties and tragedies that affected so many lives in the Ireland of the 'Troubles' of 1916/1922.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    RichmondUnited Kingdom
    7/24/08
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    "Great Author, Great Narrator"

    I came to this book after watching the Culture show on BBC2 recently where they had a ?Best of the Bookers? spot on the show. Their favourite book (The Siege of Krishnapur) was written in 1973 by J. G Farrell and it filled me with the desire to try him out as soon as possible as I liked the idea of trying an author completely unknown to me. Unfortunately this title was abridged but thankfully it didn?t dissuade me as I thought at could least I get an intro into his style.

    I really enjoyed ?Troubles? and it has certainly left me wanting to listen to more of his work. It has a somewhat eccentric and humorous style to it and its set in the period on unrest in Ireland shortly after WW1, so gives you an interesting insight into that era at the same time.

    I really liked the main character Brendon Archer and he and all the characters were wonderfully portrayed by the narrator Sean Barrett.

    All I need now is some more of his titles on the site, unabridged though of course!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    DUNSTABLE, United Kingdom
    8/19/13
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    "beautifully written story"
    Would you try another book written by J. G. Farrell or narrated by Sean Barrett?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character is a good person and very human


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    much more entertaining and dramatic


    Was Troubles worth the listening time?

    yes good for relaxing on holiday


    Any additional comments?

    great story read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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