Dublino, Natale 1994. I destini di Ellen e Martin si incrociano per caso: la donna si sente male per strada e l’uomo, ispettore di polizia, le presta soccorso. Entrambi sono segnati da tragedie personali e famigliari. Lei ha lasciato il marito e i figli in America per cercare la madre naturale che non ha mai conosciuto, anche se il tempo che le rimane non è molto: la salute, la vita le pongono limiti inesorabili. Lui, ex migliore poliziotto di Dublino, ha visto il proprio matrimonio andare in fumo dopo la tragica morte di un figlio. Ma il caso lega ancora più profondamente i loro destini, e li lega a un luogo: la penisola di Inishowen. È lì che vive la vera madre di Ellen, ed è sempre lì che è sepolto il figlio Martin. Inizia così un viaggio avventuroso, imprevedibile. Sarà un viaggio alla ricerca di un senso di identità perduto o mai avuto, un viaggio per ritrovare affetti sepolti, e forse per ritrovare l’amore.
- ISBN: 8823526914
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 494
I'd had a bad day. The repairs to my bicycle in Ulster had got me to Sligo but then the repairs needed repairing and this was beyond me. The man in the local Halfords was tremendous. He worked for hours and sent me on my way. Just in time to buy bubble bath and a book. I was now about half a day beh Leggi tutto
Quelle belle lecture, dévorée en quelques sessions ! J’ai adoré suivre la rencontre et le voyage de ces deux personnages très attachants. L’ambiance de l’Irlande, entre paysages sauvages et fortes tensions politiques, m’a aussi beaucoup intéressée. Mention spéciale enfin pour la petite touche "thril Leggi tutto
I read this book in a day. I loved Martin's character, Ellen was a bit of a mystery to me and Amery was an asshole who I didn't empathise with at all. A simplistic view maybe but these are the impressions I got from the writing. O'Connor's sense of humour cuts through the general sadness of the them Leggi tutto
An appealing and involving tale - mainly concerning two narrative strands (a screw-up of a Dublin cop, and an American woman returning to Ireland to find her birth mother after finding out she'd been adopted as a baby) written with a high quality and a dark humour. I enjoyed 'The Star of the Sea' by Leggi tutto
Seriously thought this was never going to end. Like a recipe of nice ingredients that really don't mix well, leaving a lumpy texture, and a weird taste in your mouth. And the two main characters' narrative voices (middle-aged losers with dysfunctional family relationships... yawn...) were so similar Leggi tutto
Absorbing but flawed writing. Gripping in its storytelling, but this book has too much weak writing to convince me that O'Connor is a major Irish voice.
Good lord. I hardly know what to say about this book. It is an extremely enjoyable read, but I can’t say that it is good, exactly. It’s very promising in the beginning, very funny, very engaging, but then the plot just becomes increasingly outlandish. By the time it finishes there are so many questi Leggi tutto
This was my first Joseph O’Connor novel. According to the blurb on the book jacket, I expected it to be a crime story, with an Irish cop trying to solve a missing person case in which a rich American tourist has disappeared. I was pleasantly surprised. Joseph O’Connor’s style is not very high-brow, Leggi tutto
This started off brilliantly but by the end I was plowing through it wishing it was finished.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I live in Inishowen I have some nitpicks. I'll leave those until the end. This is the kind of novel that I like to read--various characters are introduced and then their lives intertwine in interesting ways as the book progresses. I thought the characters were Leggi tutto
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