Friday, January 28, 2011

Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín

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 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.

BrooklynBrooklyn by Colm Tóibín
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really really enjoyed this.  I opened it thinking it was going to be a tale of one girls awful experience in the move to a foreign country and filled with tales of how the awful Americans treated her.  So, what a pleasant surprise to find that Eilis was treated well, her job wasn't horrendous and she had a comfortable (if abit socially uncomfortable!) place to live.

I liked Eilis and really felt for her when news came from home and was abit surprised with the ending.  I wasn't sure how I felt about her decision at the end when I first read it, but 7 hours later I think it was the right one.

I shall be looking out for more of Toibins work.

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So, this is book No7 of my challenge to read 100 this year.......I should get one more done before the month is finished so I´m really pleased with the start to the year!


Dizzy C said...

I really enjoyed Brooklyn too.

I have his recent novel The Empty Family -collection of short stories

enjoy ur weekend


lovely treez said...

His other books are VERY different tone to Brooklyn, Sarah but none the worse for that! I enjoyed The Empty Family although short stories don't really hit the spot for me, something lacking...

Linda/CT said...

I read The Master by Toibin and had the ultimate pleasure of being in his company and discussing the book with a group of avid readers. It was in New Haven, CT & a highlight for me. I loved the book too. Not so much Brooklyn tho'. LInda/CT