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Book Summary of THE TROUBLES

Major Brendan Archer travels to Ireland - to the Majestic Hotel and to the fiancee he acquired on a rash afternoon's leave three years ago. Despite her many letters, the lady herself proves elusive, and the Major's engagement is short-lived. But he is unable to detach himself from the alluring discomforts of the crumbling hotel. Ensconced in the dim and shabby splendour of the Palm Court, surrounded by gently decaying old ladies and proliferating cats, the Major passes the summer. So hypnotic are the faded charms of the Majestic, the Major is almost unaware of the gathering storm. But this is Ireland in 1919 - and the struggle for independence is about to explode with brutal force.

Details of Book: THE TROUBLES (BSID:19795)

Author J. G Farrell
ISBN 1857990188
ISBN-13 9781857990188, 978-1857990188
Binding Paperback
Publishing Date 01/01/2007
Number of Pages 448
Language English
Weight 360 grams

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Douglas November 29, 2010 review from Goodreads

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...

Preeta May 12, 2007 review from Goodreads

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...

Maureen April 04, 2011 review from Goodreads

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.

Joyce April 20, 2010 review from Goodreads

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....

Justin March 20, 2012 review from Goodreads

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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