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Fool's Sanctuary: A Novel by [Jennifer Johnston]
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Fool's Sanctuary: A Novel Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Termon by the Irish sea is the great house in which Miranda and her detached father believe they and those they love will always be sheltered. The time is post-World War I, and for 18-year-old Miranda the idyll is shattered irreparably when her lover, Cathal, a working-class university student who is a member of the IRA, and her brother, Andrew, a cynical British Army officer, meet at Termon. The inevitable sacrifice of Cathal to save Andrew from an IRA set-up is foreshadowed in achingly terse dialogue. The violent act that leaves Miranda forever bereft is recalled in the opening scenes, when, on her deathbed, she remembers herself as a woman who has "known the embraces of no man." In elegant, evanescent prose Johnston (How Many Miles to Babylon and Shadows on Our Skin) enters the private agony of those destined to experience the stark romanticism and tragedy of the Irish.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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As she lies dying, Miranda Martin relives the events of a traumatic weekend in her 18th year. At the close of World War I, her brother Andrew, a British army officer, returns to the Irish estate where Miranda and her father live. Here Andrew confronts Miranda's lover, Cathal, a university student and IRA member. The orders Cathal receives from his organization make him realize too late that abstract ideals can translate into bloodshed. The complexity of the characters' relationships and the emotional tension of the narrative are heightened by the book's brevity. Readers not only observe the complexity of Irish political loyalties and conflicts, they experience the futility of wasted lives and shattered dreams. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 1766 KB
  • Publication Date : June 24, 2014
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 164 pages
  • Publisher : Open Road Media (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • ASIN : B00KQ6PK4Y
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 2 ratings