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Circle of Friends: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011

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From Publishers Weekly

Loyal friends Benny and Eve, young women who grew up together in an Irish village, find their relationship tested by the new friendships, romances and opportunities that develop at a Dublin university. According to PW , Binchy's characters have "a colorful way with words, and if the prose is sometimes careless, this is still Irish storytelling at its contemporary best."
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From School Library Journal

YA-- Binchy transports readers to the village of Knockglen in Ireland to meet Benny, the only child of doting parents; Eve Malone, an orphan raised by nuns; and a host of local characters. The girls form a lasting friendship that continues when they go on to college in Dublin. There they meet beautiful Nan, who tries to hide her poor background and drunken father; Jack Foley, a doctor's son; and all their university friends. Provincial Knockglen and fast-paced Dublin become intertwined as the girls try to exist in both worlds. A wonderful, readable story of successes and disappointments, intrigues and loyalty, families and friendships, this novel demonstrates that testing values, maintaining relationships, and coming of age are universal struggles.
- Katherine Fitch, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345526805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526809
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She has written for Gourmet; O, The Oprah Magazine; Modern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She and her husband, Gordon Snell, live in Dalkey, Ireland, and London.

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I picked up this book because it was a choice on my summer reading list this year. I chose it because I recognized the title from a movie I owned which is actually the film version of this book. When I got the book I groaned because I realized that it was 600 pages. I figured I wasnt going to like the book because it didnt really fit my favorite genres to read, and that the story was going to be rather lumbersome and slow. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise. Maeve Binchy perfectly captures the reader's attention from page one. Beginning w/ the start of a new friendship and taking you through all the trials and tribulations of life as a young adult. Eve and Benny are perfect for each other because one compliments the other in characteristics and personality. This story was so fabulous that I picked it up on a rainy day and finished it in three days (it was a busy time for me to be reading). I couldnt put it down. I smiled w/ the characters when they were happy, got angry when they were mad, and, yes, cried when they were sad. This story will take you up and not put you down until the very last page.
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Let me begin by stating that objectively, I do not think this book is a work of "great literature". I find the writing style to be questionable at times, the moralistic attitude smothering, and am frankly rather annoyed by Binchy's one-sided approach to the Catholic-Protestant turmoil that rips at Ireland's seams.
But oh, how I love this book. I find myself picking it up over and over again. It's a beautiful coming-of-age story tracing the friendship of two fascinating girls. It pinpoints the sometimes destructive nature of love with absolute clarity. Furthermore, Binchy has breathed life into an entire town of secondary characters, creating a novel rich in stroy-telling and in life.
A caution - the movie version of the book starring Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver was a despicable act of butchery. The changed, Hollywoodized ending of the movie version was unforgivable. If you love this book, avoid the movie. If you loved the moive, read the book, and you'll see what audience members were missing.
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I remember the first time I picked up this book ~~ it was my grandmother's and I was in high school. I sat down and read it and totally fell in love with Binchy's writing. In fact, I believe this book set me on the path to reading "better" books! Rereading this book again really affirms the feelings I had experienced the first time around. It is just one of my favorite books of all time!
Benny, Eve, Sean, Jack, Nan and other characters are ones that you'll never forget. If you have friends that you ran around with in college and still keep in touch with ~~ I highly recommend this book. It is a book about friendship, love, romance and dreams. Any one of any age can read this book and find the meaning of friendship in it. With Benny's relationship with Jack ~~ there's that first love and intrigue; with Benny's friendship with Eve, there's the silliness that girls share as well as their confidences, hopes and dreams ~~ as well as recovering from broken hearts and disappointment; and there's Sean, the guy everyone loves to hate. Let's not forget Jack ~~ the guy every woman longs to love ~~ only to be pulled up short by his mistakes in love. This book covers the depth of human emotions that beset all of us at one time or another!
I recommend readers picking up this book and spend a few days reading it ~~ I can guarantee that the characters with all their flaws will stay with the reader for a long time. It is a book I would read over and over ~~ it's like coming home and finding your best friend waiting for you.
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I read my first Maeve Binchy book, "Tara Road" recently as my first book by this author and loved it so much, I decided to try this one. This book was absolutely wonderful! The characters are so full of life, and the way she describes everything makes you feel like you are there yourself. I read it every free second I had, and even though I saw the movie first, the book was well worth my reading time. I would highly recommend this book to young women in their 20's, it's a great book about college life in the 60's in Dublin.
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"Circle Of Friends" is a masterpiece! I absolutely loved every page of it... EXCELLENT!I could relate to it so well, and i cant wait to start my next Binchy.
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As I was reading this book, the relationships between all of the characters, and how their lives all intertwine, was what kept me reading. The ways the characters interact and communicate is the central part of the book. The author devotes pages and pages to develop these characters with essential details about their background, their character and how they act with the other characters within this book. At times it concentrates on Benny and Eve's friendship and how they get distracted away, momentarily, but always come back to help the other in times of need. Other times the focus shifts, it goes to the relationships between the parents of all of these friends. On situation is how Benny's parents love her too much to let her go. Another is how Mother Francis is Eve's only real family and how her home is the Convent among the nuns. Nan, a girl who takes proper care of herself and Eve and Benny meet in college, feels that her parents inhibit her from having the kind of lifestyle she wants. Nan doesn't want to have a low social status, in fact she plans to find and marry a rich man that can take care of her. Through these diverse characters, we can see the different relationships between friends and between children and their guardians.
This novel also focuses on the internal thoughts and feelings of Benny, and her search to find independence, and eventually herself. I can relate to her growth and maturation; her struggle to find a balance between her friends and her parents. All throughout her life she has had parents that care too much, and she couldn't tell anyone because the only person she could tell and that would tell her what to do was orphaned since she was a baby. Benny also struggles with love and life in the real world.
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