Nella Dublino oscurantista di inizio Novecento, la diciassettenne Molly Allgood muove i primi passi nel mondo del teatro e sogna un futuro da star in America. Ribelle, irriverente, bella, corteggiata da tutti, diventa l'amante di John Synge, il più importante drammaturgo irlandese, un genio inquieto, un poeta dal linguaggio forte e dalle passioni tempestose. Il loro è un amore tormentato, a volte crudele, spesso tenero, che sfida le convenzioni rigide dell'età edoardiana ? anche quelle religiose ?, la differenza di età e di estrazione sociale. Molti anni dopo, Maire O'Neill è una «reliquia del passato», un'anziana attrice logorata dalla malinconia, dalle ambizioni e dai rimpianti di una vita. «Molly», così l'hanno sempre chiamata, ormai si aggira sola e smarrita per le frenetiche strade di Londra. Nel suo mondo trasognato le figure reali si confondono con i fantasmi, con il vago chiarore dei luoghi e delle presenze che avverte intorno a sé: Dublino, le colline della contea di Wick low, Londra, New York attraversano il tempo e lo spazio, come lo scenario di un immobile atto unico. L'antica storia d'amore proibita che Molly non ha mai dimenticato si riverbera negli oggetti e nei ricordi, «in strane irruzioni diurne».
- ISBN: 8860886309
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 281
A delightful bookclub re-read. I am not a fan of love stories, but Ghost light by Joseph O’ Connor (Author of Star of the Sea) is wonderfully imagined and a lovely social and political history of Ireland to boot. Joseph O’ Connor imagines the relationship between actress Molly Allgood (Playboy of the Leggi tutto
At the end of life what do we single out and hold up as our finest achievement? For Molly Allgood, an Irish actress, it's her relationship with the playwright John Synge. Ghost Light is narrated, often in the second person, by Molly during a single day at the end of her life. Molly is down on her lu Leggi tutto
Dublin 1907, a young Irish actress embarks on a doomed affair with John Millington Synge, the Irish playwright. In the 1950s an old, impoverished woman makes her way across London, reminscing about her glory days as an acclaimed actress and her relationship with the enigmatic Synge. This is a demand Leggi tutto
Joseph O’Connor has fashioned a marvelous novel, a reimaging of the love affair of John Millington Synge – the famous playwright of Playboy of the Western World and other fine works – and the younger, less well-stationed Molly Allgood, who performed under the name of Maire O’Neill. “Certain biographe Leggi tutto
Brilliant Writing But Difficult Reading I really enjoyed O'Connor's 'Star of the Sea' and was eager to read 'Ghost Light'. This novel is a fictionalization of the life of Molly Allgood, who was in love with and engaged to John Synge the Irish playwright at the time of his death. O'Connor introduces u Leggi tutto
This is the first book by Joseph O’Connor (yes, he’s the brother of Sinead O’Connor) I’ve read, but I can tell you, it won’t be the last. I loved Ghost Light , and I intend on investigating this wonderful Irish author further. Joseph O’Connor’s writing runs the gamut from non-fiction and journalism t Leggi tutto
Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor is a brilliant and complex book. It is one of the best books I have read in the last five years. The language is poetic and hallucinatory and this is a book where one can't skip passages or lines. Every word is necessary and the whole is a gift put together with the gr Leggi tutto
Beautiful evocation of Edwardian Dublin and the love affair between playwright J.M. Synge and Abbey Theatre actress Maire O'Neill. The author used complicated tense changes [present for Synge's or Maire's present--1907 until his death for him; the year 1952 for her] and past for each of their pasts. Leggi tutto
It took me a few attempts to get into it but I blame that on lack of sleep rather than the book itself. The style of writing requires slow reading and a lot of concentration so that you don't miss any of the beautifully written prose. The main character is Molly Allgood, an Irish actress living in L Leggi tutto
At first, I was disappointed by the novel but I soon realised I was wrong. It is ostensibly about Molly, Synge's lover but it is also about old age, memory, moments in time, our lives and the living of them. Our awareness of beauty, pain and the natural world. It is about the comforts of being human Leggi tutto
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