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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

The Story of Lucy Gault (2002)

by William Trevor

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Long rambling story - not inspiring - long passages of loneliness, guilt, grief, unrequited love, ageing - and on and on. ( )
  siri51 | Aug 12, 2018 |
A story of a family set in 1920's Ireland at the time of the Troubles. Decision made to leave for England which the eponymous Lucy strongly disagrees with. Tragic accident occurs, which turns the course of the Gault family's history. Writing sometimes felt 'old fashioned' , perhaps of the time, but nevertheless a moving and engaging novel, with believable characters, who acted consistently with the setting's time and place.
Recommended. ( )
  celerydog | Aug 9, 2018 |
Had a good time reading it. ( )
  sidiki | Jul 7, 2018 |
The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane's inhabitants for the rest of their lives.
  JESGalway | Apr 19, 2018 |
Lucy Gault is a young child who lives a solitary but contented life with her ex-military father and English mother in a country house in rural Ireland. Over a short period of time, a series of unfortunate events born out of fleeting errors of judgement rips through the lives of the Gaults, the effect of which is born out over their lifetimes and of those closest to them.

This is a poignant, melancholy read, with Trevor's usual delicacy of prose. Whilst I very much enjoy his style of writing, somehow I always remain a little detached from his characters. I'm not entirely sure why this is as his characterisation is excellent. I wonder if perhaps he was drawn towards creating characters who in real life would be the kind of people to keep you at arm's length. I felt in Lucy Gault that the main characters had a bit of a wall up around them that I couldn't penetrate, but in fairness to Gault this was entirely true to their personalities and situation.

Nonetheless, a very enjoyable read.

4 stars - Trevor is an undoubted master of achingly sad and wasted lives. I think he and Thomas Hardy would have had plenty to chat about over dinner had their lifetimes overlapped. ( )
  AlisonY | Mar 17, 2018 |
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Captain Everard Gault wounded the boy in the right shoulder on the night of June the twenty-first, nineteen twenty-one.
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A difficult novel for any parent to read, William Trevor's The Story of Lucy Gault recounts the tale of a young girl whose Protestant family is driven from its rural Irish home in 1921. Eight-year-old Lucy is in love with Lahardane: the old house itself, the woods, the nearby beach, the shells and fir cones and sticks that she collected like treasure. The day before her family is scheduled to flee Ireland, leaving the house and furnishings in the care of trusted servants, Lucy runs away. Her parents, finding a scrap of her clothing on the beach, assume the worst. Days later, they leave Lahardane, choosing not to settle in England, as they had planned, but to roam Europe in their grief, leaving no forwarding address. But Lucy has not killed herself; she's only broken her leg in the woods. Eventually she makes it back to the house to find her parents gone. She spends her childhood waiting to be forgiven for her wicked act, postponing all happiness until she can be reunited with her mother and father. Revealing more of the plot will spoil this lovely novel for its many readers. It is enough to note that Trevor's characteristic depth and emotional complexity are fully realized here in the watchful reticence of his young heroine and the strange but beautiful way she finds to express her own forgiveness. --Regina Marler

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A novel set in Ireland in the 1920s charts the progress of a young girl whose entire life seems to be falling apart when the threat of arson drives the family from their country home.

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