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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (February 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670031143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670031146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What was tough young Dublin widow Agnes Browne doing before she starred in her own trilogy by Irish comedian O'Carroll?
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"An almost surefire winner . . . one of those books that demands to be read in one sitting."
-- The Irish Voice --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I fell in love with the characters and the writing.
Jillian Hastings
Everyone I know who reads the books say "I feel sad to think I've finished them as the family came to life in the books and I really felt I knew each one of them!"
Kay A. Paine
In addition, this book left with this burning desire to visit Dublin and walk the streets of the Jarro.
Nancy R. Katz

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on October 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Although I bought The Mammy trilogy sometime ago, I didn't read the first book until an online book group selected this title as a group read earlier this year. While reading The Mammy I learned that there was a 4th book, actually a prequel, called The Young Wan. No sooner had I gulped down The Mammy, I rushed to read the next two books, The Chisellers and The Granny. And since I was having such a good time with Agnes, I bought The Young Wan and unfortunately read it all too quickly. I say unfortunately because now I wish I had saved it for that time when nothing but a wonderful book will do. And while I am a stickler about reading books in order or reading a prequel first no matter how the books are published, I am so glad that I read The Young Wan last since it was the best of the four books im my opinion and ended this series beautifully. Now I am so sad to see this book and series end and only hope that Mr. O'Carroll will write more about the Browne family in the future.

The Young Wan begins on the eve of Agnes's marriage to Redser Browne. Almost at once the reader realizes that not only is something wrong with Agnes's mother, Connie, but that Agnes may not be getting married in the Church after all. And in what can only be described as the most revealing and poignant part of the series the author takes us back in time to find out more about Agnes's parents and grandparents. This portion allows us to see Agnes's mother, Connie, as the daughter of a wealthy family and a part of her father's foundry business. We see how she meets the younger man who is to become her husband and how he eventually becomes a labor leader. We also feel for Connie when her father disowns her when she marries against her father's wishes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on July 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This 4th book of O'Carroll's actually is backstory for his remarkable trilogy that chronicles the life, loves, and family of the inimitable and incredible Agnes Brown. It traces dear Agnes?s own childhood and gives us insight into her mother and grandparents. With its inclusion, avid readers now have the whole picture. Just as full of rollicking hilarity and side-splitting laughter as the others, The Young Wan is also the darkest of the four as it documents the brutality, stupidity and cruelty of certain levels of Irish life.
A marvelous set of books by a gifted author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Not having read the Agnes Browne trilogy, this was my first exposure to the author. I, infact, did not realize that it was a prequel to other books, having picked this one up purely by accident. What a lucky find for me? I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a work as much. The author is a natural story teller, quite a fine writer and has the ability to make his characters jump off the page. While parts of this book were indeed sad and somewhat bitter/sweet, others were absolutely hilarious. I do feel the author's greatest strenth is character developement. You can actually see and feel the characters in your mind's eye. The book, set in Dublin during the 1940s, captures street life quite wonderfully. The market place, where much of the story takes place truely comes alive. For a pleasureable read I do highly recommend this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Another great success for Brendan O'Carroll. Couldn't put it down. Agnes and Marion, we love you. A must read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This special book is side-splittingly funny and also deeply moving. I loved it. It's good to have Marion and Agnes back together, they're as funny as can be. Thank you Brendan!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan Valentine on February 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Picked up The Young Wan wanting a great laugh from start to finish which of course, I got but was so surprised at the attachment I had for the characters this time around. Brendan O'Carroll has a way of drawing you in to the story so deeply you can smell aul' Dublin throughout this book, I laughed so hard at the confession scene with vivid memories of my kid sister in the same boat and cried at the sense of loss in other scenes which I won't spoil on you...........read it in one sitting !!! BOC - you are brill...............
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 3, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
After reading the actual novel, and expressing my delight with it, I was given this audio edition. The books is read by Donada Peters who does an absolutely wonderful job, accent and all. The sound quality was quite good. Not having read the Agnes Browne trilogy, this was my first exposure to the author. I, infact, did not realize that it was a prequel to other books, having picked this one up purely by accident. What a lucky find for me? I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a work as much. The author is a natural story teller, quite a fine writer and has the ability to make his characters jump off the page. While parts of this book were indeed sad and somewhat bitter/sweet, others were absolutely hilarious. I do feel the author's greatest strenth is character developement. You can actually see and feel the characters in your mind's eye. The book, set in Dublin during the 1940s, captures street life quite wonderfully. The market place, where much of the story takes place truely comes alive. For a pleasureable read I do highly recommend this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on November 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Brendan O'Carroll's The Young Wan shows the beginnings of the matricarch of the Browne Family. Agnes marriage to the Redster is explained in all of its colorful history in this installment. This prequel offers the same deadpan humor that helps the Irish navigate through their poverty as the Trilogy. This light hearted if not at times tragic novel will have reader laughing, crying and marveling at the strength of friendship and family.
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