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Book Title: A scandalous woman: and other stories.|
The author of the book: Edna O'Brien
ISBN 13: 9780297797159
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 349 KB
Edition: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Date of issue: February 22nd 1990
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Hello to Catholic Ireland with all its cruelty and beauty , the sex, the booze and the mysticism of poverty. O'Brien's narrative has something of a fairy tale told next to a crackling log fire.
I love the hot whiskeys and teas served throughout the short stories and how in 'The Journey' "they dived into the basket of bread, calling for butter, butter."; I love how "The Sisters" in their hunger hallucinate over: "cakes, fairy cakes, orange cakes, plum cakes, madeira cakes; warm bread on trays; custards with a beautiful thin skin on them; boiled bacon soft and juicy and still pink; apples stewed to a warm brown; pears stewed in their own syrup; bowls of potato salad with hard-boiled eggs and scallions added for the flavour." I love the sensuality,the catholic paraphernalia ("Her rosary beads, white mother of pearl, had been blessed at Lourdes"), the Irishness of O'Brien's prose and the way she laconically describes deceit and heart-break:
"He got to know the things she liked – coconut creams, ham paste and gin and lime. He would devise little picnics for her, bringing small jars of paste, biscuits sandwiched together, and the gin and lime in a washed- out blue magnesia bottle. When it transpired that he was a married man, she ended it as neatly as it had begun, and the only sign that her flatmates saw was that she took no supper and spent one whole day and one whole night in bed, eyes shut but not asleep."
Oh and by the way, I also got the paperback edition with the tits on it, although my cover wasn't - fortunately enough victim of a school boy prank and not vandalized by a prepubescent twat.
Read information about the authorEdna O’Brien (b. 1930), an award-winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light of Evening (2006). O’Brien lives in London.
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