Brooklyn (eilis Lacey Book 1)

By (author) Colm Toibin
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By (author) Colm Toibin
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It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.
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Colm Toibin''s Brooklyn is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman''s terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. The book that inspired the major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan.

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

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''With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork'' Sunday Times

''Unforgettable'' Spectator

''The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time'' Zoë Heller Guardian, Books of the Year

''Magnificent'' Sunday Telegraph

''A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life'' Ali Smith TLS, Books of the Year

When you are finished why not read the companion novel Nora Webster.


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With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork
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The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time
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A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life
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Suffused with humane depth, funny, affecting, deftly plotted ... a novel of magnificent accomplishment
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Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year
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A beautifully crafted work that transformed ordinary lives into something extraordinary
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No book this year gave me greater pleasure
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Not a sentence or a thought out of place. It takes over as his finest ficiton to date
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Remarkable freshness and immediacy ... with a lovely comedic lightness
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A lovely, thoughtful book ... alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure
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Tremendously moving and powerful
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Full of sly fun, lovely comic observation and an almost tangible pleasure in storytelling
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Refreshingly authentic . . . Eilis is so vivid it''s difficult to believe she did not actually exist
Biographical note
Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster and, most recently, House of Names. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.
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Author By (author) Colm Toibin
Date Of Publication Mar 4, 2010
EAN 9780141041742
Contributors Colm Toibin
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Languages English
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Width 129 mm
Height 198 mm
Thickness 17 mm
Product Forms Paperback / Softback
Availability in Stores Sin El-Fil, Achrafieh, ABC Dbayeh, Hamra, ABC Achrafieh, IC-Beirut, Global
Weight 0.191000
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