That is the newest in a collection of occasional posts that includes books I learn years in the past about which I used to be wildly enthusiastic on the time, desirous to press a duplicate into as many arms as I may.
In case you’re an everyday customer to this weblog you’ve in all probability twigged that I’m a fan of Irish writing, an admiration that I’ve had for fairly a while, as you’ll see from the publication yr for William Trevor’s The Story of Lucy Gault.
One night time in 1921 – Eire not too long ago partitioned into the Protestant dominated North and the Catholic Republic – three males seem within the grounds of Lahardane to set hearth to the home. Springing to the defence of his English spouse and their daughter, Lahardane’s Protestant proprietor fires his shotgun that means solely to frighten the trespassers however wounding one in every of them. The younger man’s household are deaf to Everard’s pleas for forgiveness. For their very own security the Gaults should depart Eire however eight-year-old Lucy can’t bear to go. She runs away, decided to make her dad and mom keep. Believing Lucy to be useless, they flip their backs on their beloved house and when she’s discovered alive, can’t be traced. Lucy’s life turns into one in every of atonement for the fallacious she feels she has accomplished her dad and mom. Written in quietly elegant, sleek prose, this achingly unhappy novel is about likelihood, forgiveness and redemption.
Trevor’s writing appears to me to supply a template for the very best of Irish writing – spare but lyrical with an emotional depth that’s by no means melodramatic. I’m completely satisfied to say he was such a prolific author that I’ve nonetheless not learn all he’s written. In case you’d prefer to learn extra about his work each Cathy at 746Books and Kim at Studying Issues are additionally ardent followers and have spent 2023 celebrating him.
What about you, any blasts from the previous you’d prefer to share?
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