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
This story still haunts me a week after I finished the book. I'm not able to focus on the book I'm trying to listen to now, I still have Roseannes voice in my head. Beautifully written, beautifully narrated. I haven't quite made up my mind about the ending though...
How does a hidden history in our family affect the life we live. What do the secrets do to us, unbidden. Sebastian Barry writes beautifully, poignantly and with a depth that, in the end made me put my hand to my mouth to supress the gasp as the secrets are unravelled and the truth is finally revealed. There is 100 years of Irish history in this novel, seen through the eyes of Rosanne as she writes down what has never been told of her life. Then there is Dr Green, Rosanne's psychiatrist, who is trying to unwrap her silence gently, respectfully and with dignity.
I am deeply moved by this book and give thanks to Stephen Hogan for giving a voice to both Rosanne and Dr Green. His narration could not have been better and as I listened, his voice became my own voice as the story evolved and stirred the tragedy of Rosanne and of those who had pulled the strings of her life.
Yes - if it was a male person as the key story teller. I felt this was a weakness Rosanne was the main person and it was confusing when you continuously heard a male speaking
It was a good story but was a bit dark and confusing sometimes
No...I have loved all the other audible books
This is a horrid and nasty little book which I could not finish. The author needs to take a serious course of antidepressants and not inflict his twaddle on the reading public. The author is a somewhat skilled wordsmith but apparently thinks heaping one tragedy on another without end is writing.
I don't expect a book to have a Hollywood ending but surely there has to be some point to the book other that showing how awful a country Ireland was, how evil the Catholic clergy were and how tragic and meaningless all human life is.
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