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Brooklyn

by Colm TÓIBÍN

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Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn, New York offers to sponser her to live an work in America, so she decides she must go leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future.… (more)
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I saw the movie and liked it so I thought I would read the book. It was very similar. If you liked the movie, you will probably like the book. It gives a bit more insight into the reasons behind some of the events. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
Colm Toibin writes with such clear sincerity one can easily walk in young Eilis Lacey's shoes as she navigates entry into adulthood. Unable to find decent employment in rural Ireland, she is taken under the wing of Father Flood, an Irish priest who has emigrated to the big city of Brooklyn, New York; the land of opportunity. Father Flood has seen Eilis's talents and believes she will do well in America. Leaving behind her widowed and weak mother and vivacious sister, Eilis slowly makes a life for herself in her strange new city. Even though she is naive she finds work, starts college for a career in book keeping, and even finds a nice Italian boy with whom to fall in love. But, Brooklyn is not Ireland. It's not even close to feeling like home. No one is her true family. When she is called back to Ireland following a family tragedy, it is no surprise that Eilis falls comfortably back into old routines. Only this time she is a different, more confident young woman. Both worlds feel right to her. Both worlds are home but which one will she chose? ( )
  SeriousGrace | Oct 8, 2022 |
Excellent story of a young girl trying to make it in 1950's America. The characters are written very well and the story has enough problems to keep anyone interested. This is a story of family, traditions, and families looking for a way for their children to make it in the world.
  mcorbink | Sep 30, 2022 |
I think I liked the movie better or this worked better as a movie. Thought the writing was a little too bland at times. Not much goes on in this book except for a mundane romance. I feel like there could be a whole other book for Tony's side of the story. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
There were parts of this book that pulled me in. I can imagine the homesickness one would experience coming from the country of your birth and finding yourself in another country. The trip to America on the seas was harrowing; her maturation and learning to navigate her new situation was interesting at times; her courtship was sweet.

The second half, for me, was a deterioration. I had imagined her as a moral and upstanding person and I found she lacked any character at all. I did not excuse her behavior or feel any sympathy for her. I felt Tony had been deceived and the way she reached her final decision, and her reflection that she would smile at this later, was a bit disgusting to me. There was someone who deserved better, and it wasn’t Eilis. Perhaps it was Rose, who made such sacrifices so that Eilis could have opportunities and a life. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
TÓIBÍN, Colmprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
ANDRÉS LLEÓ, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
BANDINI, DitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
BANDINI, GiovanniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
BOK, AnnekeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
FIGUEIREDO, RubensTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
NIELSEN, JørgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
SIVILL, Kaijamarisecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
VEGA, VincenzoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn, New York offers to sponser her to live an work in America, so she decides she must go leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future.

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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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