Masterful novel by the bestselling writer, with a controversial story marrying the worlds of a political terrorist and a loveless widow Josie, the ailing, elderly inhabitant of an Irish country mansion, dwells in the shadowy world of remembered pain and loneliness. McGreevy, the terrorist, reintroduces the possibility of compassion and tenderness, ...
Masterful novel by the bestselling writer, with a controversial story marrying the worlds of a political terrorist and a loveless widow Josie, the ailing, elderly inhabitant of an Irish country mansion, dwells in the shadowy world of remembered pain and loneliness. McGreevy, the terrorist, reintroduces the possibility of compassion and tenderness, but there is an inevitably violent conclusion to their understanding as the police net closes. With extraordinary skill and empathy, Edna O'Brien shows two faces of a divided land: the yearnings of a woman whose youthful joy was broken, and the intransigent idealism of her captor. Brave and moving, THE HOUSE OF SPLENDID ISOLATION is Edna O'Brien at her very best.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-05-08 An elderly Irish woman develops a relationship with an escaped IRA terrorist who has sought refuge in her home in O'Brien's 14th novel. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1994-04-25 History frames this ambitious, intermittently beautiful 14th novel by Irish spellbinder O'Brien (The Country Girls Trilogy). ``History is everywhere. It seeps into the soil,'' begins the author, as the ghost of a dead child drifts in a garden, peering through the windows of a decaying country house. The story centers on a tormented encounter between young IRA fugitive/killer McGreevy and his hostage--rich, reclusive, middle-aged Josie O'Meara. Both have been widowed by the protracted ``troubles.'' Josie, a former barmaid, who once did a stint as a domestic in Brooklyn, reminisces before and during her ``captivity'' on her advantageous but flawed marriage. Jamie--whose death she inadvertently caused--had been a landed man, a vulgar wastrel with a zest for horses and hard drink. Josie dreams nostalgically of the old bittersweet years in her stately lakeside house and her ardent affair with a priest (graphically betrayed by a corset left in the grass). Less successful are the novel's bristling, movie-like scenes of McGreevy tearing through the underbrush, clashing with comrades, eluding the fretful police. Josie's relationship with McGreevy proves oddly factitious and ideological (less vividly realized than her redolent past), while the tale's bizarre denouement is gratuitous. Powerful, however, is the elegiac voice on themes of womanly love, the tale's psychological acuity and the re-creation of a haunted landscape. In these respects, O'Brien still works her Celtic enchantments. (June)
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