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The South

Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré in Spain, forces her to reexamine all her relationships: to her lover, her art, and the homeland she only thought she knew.

The South is a novel of classic themes - of art and exile, and of the seemingly irreconcilable yearnings for love and freedom - to which Colm Tóibín brings a new, passionate sensitivity.

©2012 Colm Toibin (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Tóibín’s talent is amazing…a stunning novel." ( Washington Post Book World)
"A book of sustained lyrical beauty and power." ( Chicago Tribune)
"Tóibín’s first novel is a broad and beautifully worked canvas…an imaginative, deeply felt, and evocative tale." ( The Sunday Times)

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I wanted to find at least one character interesting but could not.

The best part of this book is the postscript by Colm Toibin where he talks about the areas where the book takes place: his time in the South, the towns and villages of Spain and Ireland. The book itself is tedious and the characters are too self absorbed to be worth knowing. He ends by describing how difficult it was to get the book published. I think the publishers who turned it down were right. I have liked all of Toibin’s books, but this one was pointless.