Book Summary of THE TROUBLES
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|Author||J. G Farrell|
|Publisher||ORION PUBLISHING GROUP|
|Number of Pages||448|
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Thoroughly satisfying. Better, Iâ??m tempted to say, than The Siege of Krishnapur, but thatâ??s a hard call to make. Farrellâ??s strengths are well represented: wonderfully appealing characters, flawless and delightful prose, the crisp drawing of comic scenarios and violent eruptions. It has a few awkw...
I haven't read the other two books (The Singapore Grip and The Siege of Krishnapur) in Farrell's trilogy, but I've been meaning to for years. This book is magnificent in its evocation of Decline. On the deepest level, it's about the decline of the British Empire; every aspect of the novel reflect...
After watching Ryan's Daughter *in its entirety* to celebrate St Patrick's Day, imagine my delight at discovering that this book also features a shell-shocked English major coming to live in civil-war-era Ireland.
As in The Siege of Krishanpur, Farrell, in this book set against the increasing violence against the English in the Irish struggle for independence, created, in his characters, parodies of the English ruling class, holding them up to ridicule rather than sympathy for being caught up in a tragedy....
This took a long time to get going- the first third or so lacks much direction, and the direction it has is disappointingly heavy handed: so there's this hotel in Ireland? During the troubles? And it's owned by Anglo-Irish Unionists? And the hotel's falling apart. Um... subtle. Also, flabby. But...
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