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Is true this author went about conveying his message in completely the wrong way Nothing is shown in these pages everything is told and despite that or maybe because of that I never really got a feeling for any of the characters in the book I think it is uite possible that I could have felt sympathy for Sarah or any of the other characters in the book if I had given a better insight "into their emotions and motivations But since the author was cryptic "their emotions and motivations since the author was cryptic best when it came to
his characters inner I felt I really didn t care about them or their fate at allI think this is a book that I would not have finished if it had not been a book for the Dialogues Through Literature programme and one that I will be discussing with my reading group at the end of the month It doesn t happen very often that I have to force myself to get back to a book but with this one I found myself looking for excuses to do something else instead of reading I do understand why this book may have been picked for this reading programme the story touches on the separation between Catholics and protestants and on the fact that although they had to cooperate occasionally to keep the community going any conflict could and would be excused through that difference in faith and backgroundThe best I can say about this book is that it will make me appreciate future reads ones that I do enjoy that much than I might otherwise have I guess that every now and again I need to be reminded that some books ust aren t for me. Through the puritan Ulster community alienating clergy and neighbors hastening her mother's death and casting a cold shadow on the life of her childre. ,
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Dies leaving behind Andrew and two grown sons the man realises how important the woman was for the smooth running of his farm on the coast of Northern Ireland Needing someone to take over the tasks his wife used to take care of Echlin invites Martha Gormartin and her 30 year old daughter Sarah to come and live and work on his farmIt isn t long before both of Echlin s sons Frank and Hamilton take an interest in Sarah an interest that is mutualWhen Sarah falls pregnant and gives birth to a son she refuses to name either of
THE BROTHERS AS THE FATHER ANDbrothers as the father and to marry either of them This decision sends Sarah s mother to an early grave and leads to the Echlin farm and its inhabitants being or less shunned by the puritan Ulster community they live inIt is only twenty years later when there is only one brother left and Sarah s second child a daughter wants to get married that Sarah can be persuaded to marry the remaining brotherThis is a very grim and eually bare storyWhat the "author offers the reader are snapshots of a life in a time "offers the reader are snapshots of a life in a time the past during which horse drawn carts were still the normal form of transport in Ulster What we get are glimpses at people and their surroundings without every finding out enough about either to feel any attachment to them Motivations are hinted at but rarely clarified feelings when mentioned are suppressed and rarely if ever sharedI read somewhere that a good author shows but doesn t tell his audience what is going on with the characters in his story If that. To one of Andrew's sons But which one Her steadfast refusal over many years to 'bend and contrive things' by choosing one of the brothers reverberates. ,
I can t say I loved it but I "CAN SAY THAT IT HAS AN INTERESTING PACE AND "say that it has an interesting pace and echoes of myth such as a woman choosing her partner and the communal parenting of a child It s set in Northern Ireland before partition among a Presbyterian community The cover synopsis promises a conundrun that is resolved in the first chapter spoiling the plot Weak characterisation Bleak landscapes A fairly uninteresting story with few redeeming parts A complicated book for me personally as I feel it records aspects of my family background and is set in an area that fascinates me and where I hope to live on my return to Ireland I loved hearing the Ulster speak in the dialogue I loved the originality of the descriptive language But I found the character of Sarah puzzling The story line is ambiguous does she continue to have sexual relations with both brothe I really liked this novel about an agricultural Irish family I don t often go for books which span such long time
spans because I find they miss out on depth of character However the story in this casebecause I find they miss out on depth of character However the story in this case on pivotal moments in the lives of the protagonists and by their speech and action we get to know them pretty well Their lives whilst being parochial are very eventful and these accidents and scandals kept me wondering what was going to happen next I would certainly read it again possibly with a dictionary to hand for when the Irish dialect words baffle me That rating is 3 in reality and even that feels a bit generous to meWhen Andrew Echlin s wife. A classic novel of Ulster life by one of the twentieth century's greatest writers Sarah Gomartin the servant girl on Andrew Echlin's farm bears a child.