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The Copper Beech [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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eBook Original Short Story from Maeve Binchy
A Week in Summer is Maeve Binchy’s inspiring tale about a midwestern couple who--while on a trip in Ireland--rediscovers their love for each other and for life itself.

Book Description

In the Irish town of  Schancarrig, the young people carve their initials--and  those of their loves-into the copper beech tree in  front of the schoolhouse. But not even Father  Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes  on behind Shancarrig's closed doors, or Dr. Jims,  the village doctor, who knows all the rest,  realizes that not everything in the placid village is  what it seems.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Binchy ( Circle of Friends ; The Lilac Bus ) is a consummate storyteller with a unique ability to draw readers into her tales of Irish life. Here again she mines sources rich in plot and character to produce a captivating narrative. The eponymous copper beech is a huge tree that shades the tiny schoolhouse in the village of Shancarrig. For generations, graduating pupils have carved their initials on the massive trunk, and the book examines what has become of some of them. Though each of the 10 chapters offers the perspective of a single character, Binchy adroitly indicates the ways in which their lives intersect. Thus, the allegedly stolen jewels that are discovered and stolen again in one early chapter become significant in later chapters. Long after two adulterous characters sneak into a Dublin hotel, it emerges that they were spotted by a small soul from Shancarrig, who passes on the information--with unforeseen consequences. A priest's dalliance with the sweet young schoolteacher is shown to have been been suspected by others in the village. The result is a charming and compelling series of interlocking stories about ordinary people who are given dimension through Binchy's empathetic insight. While this book is more fragmentary in structure than some of her previous novels, it should leave Binchy's fans wholly satisfied. BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"The Copper Beech is as soothing as a cup of tea."--People.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440213290
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W9676A
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and cozy, just add a cup of tea. July 24, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
That is what a Binchy novel is like to me. Hers are books I enjoy for the places she idyllically paints and the characters she puts forth to become a part of her homespun landscapes. Set in Ireland, the copper beech is a formidable an aging tree in front of the Shancarrig schoolhouse. Carved into it's bark are the hopes and dreams, stories and well wishes of many a heart, heavy as well as happy, that has passed beneath it's massive branches.
The book is written in a way so as to introduce each character and his personal view of Shancarrig and the people in it. This technique allows the lives of the characters to mesh unequivocally making this story so enjoyable. You will meet them all. The scoundrels as well as the lovelorn, those searching for passion, and those who have taken a bite from the apple of life only to be dealt a blow that redirects them to an unprecedented ending.
I enjoyed the style of this book as much as the characters and the storylines. Once you read a Binchy novel you can count on craving another, and there is no doubt that each one is it's own singular pleasure. Kelsana 7/24/01
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy makes me want to travel to Ireland September 1, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I discovered Maeve Binchy some years ago :-). Saw Tara Road on the shelves in my favorite book store here in Norway and it called out to me. Bought it, took it home and became an addicted Maeve Binchy fan. Since then I have read most of her books. Not many have been available here in my town in Norway, but I have bought some online and also found a couple at my local library. It was a big surprise though when I some time ago found a used copy of The Copper Bech at a local secondhand book store.
I finished The Copper Beech today, after getting deeply involved in the characters in the book.
The Copper Beech is set in Ireland like most of Binchy's books. Outside a small countryside school stands a copper beech, and once eight children carved their names in this tree. The children come from different backgrouds, what units them is the Shancarrig school where they all have spent an important part of their past. The book tells different stories, all about these kids and their life. It is a book about love and death, about daily life and about extraordinary events. Maeve Binchy is a master to tell a story the way you know it could have happend, her characters could me my neighbours, or yours for that. And at the same time she shows that there are extraordinary stories to be covered everywhere, in everybody's lives.
Though this is not my favorite Maeve Bincy, so far Evening Class holds that possition, I love the book. It has it's place on the shelves in my growing collection of Maeve Binchy books, and passing the shelves glimpsing the books I know I have hours of cozy hours ahead of me if or rather when I want to read them over again. I'm glad I still have some unread Maeve Bincy books to look forward to, Scarlet Feather on top of that list.
Happy reading
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colorful Read December 10, 1999
By Bunnee
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a Maeve Binchy fan or anything but this book was good enough to keep me up late at nite reading it. I love all her characters in the book. They're all so colorful. You have to read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful author! November 29, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maeve Binchy can write a story with the best of them. Her characters come to life and the reader really cares about them, since she writes about their hope and dreams, as well as their activities. In The Copper Beech, Binchy details the lives of different people in a small Irish town. Most of the characters are local children who have carved their names in the copper beech tree outside of their school. She describes the class distinctions in the town, which sometimes separate those who have been schoolmates, after they leave their school days. The final chapter ties the characters together and lets the reader in on what has happened to the people that have been described throughout the book. This is a wonderful read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, to be Irish! November 11, 2001
By Marcie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Copper Beech isn't a book for those looking for alot of fast paced action. Instead it's the kind of book that is slow paced and one you don't want to have end. Maeve Binchy has once again written a book that takes the reader to Ireland and introduces you to a town called Shancarrig, and the huge copper beech tree which watches over the town's school. Each character is explored, many from the time they were born, until they reach adulthood. The children at the school are often poor, such as Maura, who has grown up with an alcoholic father, but manages to make a good life for herself and her son, Michael, who is born with Down's Syndrome. And Maddie Ross, the school teacher, who has a secret love with the town's young priest. I listened to this on Recorded Books audio and the narrator had a beautiful Irish accent which just enhanced the story. I enjoyed every minute of it, as I have all of Maeve Binchy's other stories. A must for anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Stories January 12, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading some of Maeve's so-so works, I am pleased to announce this one is of better quality than "Silver Wedding" and "Lilac Bus." This is a bunch of short stories of the people who live and grew up in Shancarrig. They all attended school in the village and the school is nestled beneath the shade of a great big copper beech tree. There is a story about the local doctor, the local priest, the schoolteachers, the poor kids and so forth.
Maeve weaves her spell again ~~ all you can do is give into her spell and read about ordinary people living ordinary lives with the occassional surprises and revelations. It's a lovely book to snuggle with by the fire on a blustering cold winter day. And this time, Maeve writes more thoroughly of the characters, not cutting off their stories so abruptly like several of her books have been. You can tell she really thought the characters out and how their stories entwined together like any other villages or towns.
It's a wonderful book to read ~~ I wouldn't hesitate reading this one again!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Do you enjoy happy endings? I love them 's Vichy does it again. Rich interwoven lives. Enjoy a great gentle read.
Published 10 days ago by srh
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This book was mildly entertaining. I have enjoyed Maeve Benchy books in the past and this book fails to live up to her style of writing.
Published 17 days ago by Phyllis Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Maeve Binchy's books
I ordered the Kindle version and am enjoying reading it. I love Maeve Binchy's books.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Ann McClung
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You have to read her
Published 1 month ago by Kevin R. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Author knows how to share lives of people! Good book.
Published 2 months ago by SP
4.0 out of 5 stars Put Your Feet Up and Relax.
Anything Binchy writes I enjoy reading. In fact, I find most of her characters to be compelling. It's not a work of literary fiction, but it is written very well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Willa Riggs
4.0 out of 5 stars ... and gives a picture of what they are really like. Enjoyed it
Very interesting how Maeve Binchy tells a bit of the story then elaborates by taking each character and gives a picture of what they are really like. Enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Kay C. Womack
5.0 out of 5 stars The Copper Beech
Just finished it and read it in one day and it was good and interesting the way the lives intertwined. I loved it.
Published 5 months ago by Angelwing
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy
You can't go wrong with Maeve Binchy. She is always a great read! She never disappoints! Each book is better than the one before.
Published 5 months ago by Nikki Rabel
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy is such a gifted writer.
I am a reader of all Maeve Binchy's books. The Ireland setting and the rich characters make each of her books enjoyable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rena Allen
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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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