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Brooklyn: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Colm Toibin

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Title:Brooklyn: A Novel
Authors:Colm Toibin
Info:Scribner (2010), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 272 pages
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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

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A simple story, simply told about simple people at a seemingly simpler time. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
A simple story, simply told about simple people at a seemingly simpler time. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
Eilis Lacey comes to Brooklyn, New York from Ireland to find a better job opportunity, which is arranged by her sister. Eilis lives in a boarding house, works at a department store and finds a boyfriend. This is a mildly interesting slice-of-life story with a family conflict near the end, told in a clear and straightforward way. ( )
  gaylebutz | Mar 9, 2014 |
good writing, but i found it to be a little dull. An irish girl is torn from her family, her country and all she knows to live and work in Brooklyn. Nothing much happens, until the end. I had such high expectations and was a little disappointed! ( )
  amanaceerdh | Mar 7, 2014 |
I'm going to have to think about this one. At what point does suppression of affect become affected and ineffective? When does "spare" (simple, precise) become just sparse?
  rmaitzen | Feb 7, 2014 |
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Ultimately, Brooklyn does not feel limited. Tóibín makes a single incision, but it’s extraordinarily well-placed and strikes against countless nerve-ends. The novel is a compassionate reminder that a city must be made of people before it can be made of myths.
 
In tracking the experience, at the remove of half a century, of a girl as unsophisticated and simple as Eilis — a girl who permits herself no extremes of temperament, who accords herself no right to self-assertion — Toibin exercises sustained subtlety and touching respect. . .

In “Brooklyn,” Colm Toibin quietly, modestly shows how place can assert itself, enfolding the visitor, staking its claim.
 
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Eilis Lacey, sitting at the window of the upstairs living room in the house on Friary Street, noticed her sister walking briskly from work.
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Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America -- to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood "just like Ireland" -- she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. He talks of having children who are Dodgers fans. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.
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It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go.

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