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Book Title: Presentation Parlour|
The author of the book: Kate O'Brien
ISBN 13: 9781853712432
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 887 KB
Edition: Poolbeg Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1994
Reader ratings: 4.6
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O'Brien was clearly a well-spoken, articulate lady of her time; unfortunately (at least for me), her work comes off as outdated in its style. There is a great deal of narration and not much "scene." She frequently digresses from the story, and when she realizes it, she writes "but back to the parlour" or "I have veered from my story." Yeah, no kidding! Her narrative is also sprinkled with archaic expressions like "but, alas!"
Overall, I am sad to say that I found this book cumbersome and dull. I think I will not be reading anymore by this author.
Read information about the authorKathleen Mary Louise "Kate" O'Brien, was an Irish novelist and playwright.
After the success of her play, Distinguished Villa in 1926, she took to full-time writing and was awarded the 1931 James Tait Black Prize for her novel Without My Cloak. She is best known for her 1934 novel The Ante-Room, her 1941 novel The Land of Spices and the 1946 novel That Lady. Many of her books dealt with issues of female sexuality — with several exploring gay/lesbian themes — and both Mary Lavelle and The Land of Spices were banned in Ireland. She also wrote travel books, or rather accounts of places and experiences, on both Ireland and Spain, a country she loved, and which features in a number of her novels. She lived much of her later life in England and died in Canterbury in 1974; she is buried in Faversham Cemetery.
The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick currently holds a large collection of O'Brien's personal writings. In August 2005, Penguin reissued her final novel, As Music and Splendour (1958), which had been out of print for decades. The Kate O'Brien weekend, which takes place in Limerick, attracts a large number of people, both academic and non-academic.
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