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Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
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Star of the Sea (original 2002; edition 2004)

by Joseph O'Connor

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Title:Star of the Sea
Authors:Joseph O'Connor
Info:Harvest Books (2004), Paperback, 432 pages
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In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for NewYork. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many more desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his wife and children, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.

This journey will see many lives end, others begin anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go.

As urgently contemporary as it is historical, this exciting and compassionate novel builds with the pace of a thriller to a stunning conclusion.
  JESGalway | Apr 19, 2018 |
A little purple in places but very cleverly written. More properly a 9/10 and probably suffers coming hard on the heels of Cormac McCarthy... ( )
  P1g5purt | Mar 21, 2018 |
1847 — Irish ship w/ Immigrants, refugees + 1st class Lord Merridith + family
Many relationships bound together — tragedy mercy

In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for NewYork. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many more desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his wife and children, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.
  christinejoseph | Jun 19, 2017 |
Really spendid from the beginnng to the very moving end. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Review: Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor.

This was a remarkable well written book. The story begins in Ireland at the time of famine. The poverty surrounding these people and the injustices they have to endure only pushes a lot of them to think of other means to survive.

Some were upper class people losing their admiration, approval from their people, homes, and land mixed among unfortunate poor, sick, disturbed, even criminal’s who were thriving for some kind of hope.

Then comes along this massive passenger ship, “Star of the Sea” offering the long voyage across the ocean to the Promise Land… America! It would take over a month and many would die along the way from malnutrition, deceases, over-crowding, murder and the ship’s abundance of infectious rats.

After landing on the American waters the ship was ordered to inhabit the waters in the harbor with many other ships waiting to be processed and medically clear for the people to depart from the ships. As they sat in the American harbor for many days more deaths were reported. Some people got frustrated and abandoned ship on life boats but many never made it to shore.

There was a pack of events in this book to enhance the story and compel the reader enough to follow along with the contents of homeland Ireland, the voyage, the murderer, the poverty, and the different characters and titles. I found the book profoundly filled with suspense, mystery, and character…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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[The Famine] is a punishment from God for an idle, ungrateful and rebellious country; an indolent and un-self-reliant people. The Irish are suffering from an affliction of God's providence.
Charles Trevelyan, Assistant Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury, 1847
(Knighted, 1848, for overseeing famine relief)
England is truly a great public criminal. England! All England! ... She must be punished; that punishment will, as I believe, come upon her by and through Ireland; and so Ireland will be avenged ... The Atlantic ocean be never so deep as the hell which shall belch down on the oppressors of my race.
John Mitchel, Irish nationalist, 1856
THE MISSING LINK: A creature manifestly between the gorilla and the Negro is to be met with in some of the lowest districts of London and Liverpool by adventurous explorers. It comes from Ireland, whence it has contrived to migrate; it belongs in fact to a tribe of Irish savages: the lowest species of Irish Yahoo. When conversing with its kind it talks a sort of gibberish. It is, moreover, a climbing animal, and may sometimes be seen ascending a ladder laden with a hod of bricks.
Punch magazine, London, 1862
Providence sent the potato blight but England made the Famine ... We are sick of the canting talk of those who tell us that we must not blame the British people for the crimes of their rulers against Ireland. We do blame them.
James Connolly, co-leader of the Easter Rising against British Rule, 1916
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For Anne-Marie
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All night long he would walk the ship, from bow to stern, from dusk until quarterlight, that sticklike limping man from Connemara with the drooping shoulders and ash-coloured clothes.
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Det er vinteren 1847. Havets Stjerne forlader et forarmet og hungersramt Irland og sætter sejl mod New York. På det overfyldte dæk samles flere hundrede flygtninge. Nogle er fulde af optimisme, andre desperate. Men alle er de styret af en længsel efter at begynde på et nyt liv. Om bord på skibet møder vi en sælsom gruppe rejsende, som er langt tættere forbundet, end de selv aner. Og i menneskemylderet går en morder rundt og venter på det rette øjeblik.

I løbet af denne seksogtyvedages rejse vil mange mennesker dø og nye liv begynde i en ubarmhjertig verden, hvor ethvert forsøg på at undslippe skæbnen blot ser ud til at forstærke dens greb. Men forude venter det forjættede land.
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The Star of the Sea
Is where four lives intersect
At the end of one.

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Winter 1847, and the Star of the Sea sails from Ireland for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many desperate, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. But among them, a camouflaged killer stalks the decks, hungry for a vengeance that will bring absolution.… (more)

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