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Colm Toibin enters William Trevor territory with this lovely novel about an Irish immigrant's move to Brooklyn in post-World War II America. In spare unhurried prose he covers her experience with the departure from her limited world, a nightmarish crossing, learning to deal with a new job, night school, her boarding house acquaintances and new love.
Those looking for a speedy read will be frustrated by the measured pace of the incidents as well as their unremarkable nature. But in dwelling on the quotidian Toibin evokes an all enveloping reality of time and place and character.
Relationships aren't distorted for melodramatic ends as in "The Blackwater Lightship", nor is the book as moving or as intellectually and emotionally satisfying as his masterpiece "The Master". But this is as good an example of a writer's craft in creating a lived-in reality of small engrossing lives as one can find.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2009 1:52:48 PM PDT
Roger Brunyate says:
How wonderful to compare this to William Trevor -- though perhaps without the latter's hard-won maturity of vision?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2016 5:54:25 AM PST
There is very little similarity between the writing of William Trevor and Mr. Toibin. The first is an example of writing as an art; the latter is an example of mere storytelling.
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