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Fork in the Road Paperback – March 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
But this novel isn't merely a character study - it's also a tragedy, a love story, and bits of lough-out-loud hilarity.
The one warning, however, is that if you're offended by foul language, it'd be a good idea to stay away. I'm not offended by it at all, and believe it necessary in fact, as these characters would surely speak like this if it were reality.
The highest praise I can give this book is that I'm now reading it again, more slowly and carefully this time. That's something I've never done with any book.
I haven't read something in a while that so satisfied all of the reasons I like to read: I read to laugh and this book has some amazing one-two punches that had me laughing uproariously. I also read to find heart and this book is full of heart, these characters are complicated, made up of all the broken pieces that drain us and all the warm qualities that make us human. I read to find the truth, or someone's own version of it, and this book is very true to its characters. These characters are three dimensional and more, so complicated that you're never sure which direction they're going to take.
This story buoyed me up yet broke my heart at the same time. Denis Hamill has written a fine book, let's hope the movie people don't screw it up. It'll be damn near impossible to put Gina Furey on the screen, but I wish them a lot of luck as she is an incredible character.
As a part-Irish American, married to an Irish-Canadian, I was fascinated by the slice of Irish life presented in this book. The realities of life for the Irish Travelers are so far different from those we Americans experience! Hamill illuminates these people with an unflinching glance at their lives (assuming his descriptions are true), and lets us see how a dismal childhood can affect one's entire life.
All in all this book is a great read. I found it hard to put it down, and when I did, I wanted to be reading it to see what was going happen. It's not the most uplifting book I've ever read, but certainly captures ones attention and holds it to the bitter end.
The fork Colin Coyne takes veers through the Irish sub-culture of tinkers, or travellers. Colin has fallen for an enigmatic tinker woman, Gina Furey, and this wreaks havoc in his life. Gina and company are the type who would "steal the sugar out of your punch," as my Irish grandmother would say. Colin and Gina's story is so compelling it was very hard to put this book down. I plan to read it again, for the pure pleasure of it.
This is the best detour you'll ever take!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just returned from vacation from Ireland. The book came highly recommended from several people returning from Ireland.Published 14 months ago by jim smith
I first read this book ten years ago and thought it was a true tragic love story. I bought to read again and share with friendsPublished on March 20, 2013 by R. Michael Romero
Fork in the Road was honestly one of the best books I've read all year. It was written a decade ago, but the themes are still relevant and the characters are memorable. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Meridith Hernandez
I loved this novel. The plot was so unpredictable - I never would have imagined from the opening chapter how the story unfolds. I liked learning about the travelers in Dublin. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Patricia O'Sullivan
This is an interesting novel. Have only read about 1/2 it yet, but it's unusual and certainly gripping. Funny , too !!!
I found this book to be very entertaining and couldn't put it down, but it is very far from a good piece of literature. Read morePublished on December 5, 2006 by M. Orgil
This novel begins as a light, amusing love story but picks up momentum in the latter half of the novel when reality sets in. Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by Louis
I picked this up at *gasp* my local $1 store as a quick read for in the car on a trip. The beginning was a bit slow, but once I got past the first chapter or two, I became totally... Read morePublished on January 25, 2006 by K. Clemmensen
Was I even reading the same BOOK as you people? Four-letter words don't bother me. I just found the actual dialogue between characters LAUGH OUT LOUD inplausible. Read morePublished on August 19, 2005 by sirrah231