- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Black Cat; Later Printing edition (September 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802170390
- ISBN-13: 978-1615553372
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 332 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Significant Seven, November 2007: Pretty early on in The Gathering you realize that in her lingering portrait of the Hegarty clan (and this isn't hyperbole--they are a family of 12), Irish novelist Anne Enright will wrestle with all the giant literary tropes that have come before her. Family, of course, is the big one, but with equal intensity she explores death and dying, the sea and its siren song, sex, shame, secrecy, unreliable memories, madness, "the drink," and--always in the shadows--England. That said, it's not like any other novel about the Irish that I've read. The story of the Hegartys is indeed bleak, and hard, but it surges with tenderness and eloquent thought which, in the end, are the very things that help this family (or at least her narrator Veronica) survive. Through her eyes, and in Enright's skillful imagination, those small turning-point moments of life that we all know in some form or another--a petty fight, a careless word, an event witnessed--come together in an unshakeable vision of how you become the person you are. --Anne Bartholomew
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In the taut latest from Enright (What Are You Like?), middle-aged Veronica Hegarty, the middle child in an Irish-Catholic family of nine, traces the aftermath of a tragedy that has claimed the life of rebellious elder brother Liam. As Veronica travels to London to bring Liam's body back to Dublin, her deep-seated resentment toward her overly passive mother and her dissatisfaction with her husband and children come to the fore. Tempers flare as the family assembles for Liam's wake, and a secret Veronica has concealed since childhood comes to light. Enright skillfully avoids sentimentality as she explores Veronica's past and her complicated relationship with Liam. She also bracingly imagines the life of Veronica's strong-willed grandmother, Ada. A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly. (Sept.)
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HOWEVER BE AWARE this version has added material written much later than the original, which was written in 121 AD.
I still hightly recommed the whole book, original and added material, both are useful and informative.
Exmples of added material: for instance there is a reference to "the pagan world" (page 28, loc 927) and "pounds sterling" (page 25 location 836), and somewhere a quote from St Augustine.
I got a print copy of Penguin's The Twelve Caesars and compared it. It appears all the mini-bios of contemporaries that occur at the end of each emporer's bio are added later. In the life of Julius Caesar, the Penguin book ends at the sentence
"Part of them perished at sea, others fell in battle; and some slew themselves ....
The Kindle book continues with "The termination of the civil war between Caesar and Pompey forms a new epoch in the Roman History...". Then follow reflections on the career of Caesar, and short and interesting bios of Cicero, Varro, Cattulus, and others. These were added later, probably in the 19th century by a British writer.
-1 star for not making clear what is by Suetonius and what is not, and for "this book is not enabled for searching"--come on Amazon, that's the biggest advantage of digital books.
More on the additions: I found the same text on Perseus at Tufts U and it had this information:
"... In order to more fully "paint the picture of the times," we have had written and interspersed in chronological order, the lives of all the distinguished associates of the Twelve Caesars, male and female, which we trust will be a great improvement on any previous edition."
He also did some censoring, though he left in plenty:
"By the suppression of about two dozen lines in the entire work, which have been indicated by * * * * we have produced a work unobjectionable for general reading; the suppressed passages refer to grossly unnatural crimes which probably never were committed - but the relation of which was likely prompted by the political party rancour of the period."
The Tufts citation: Suetonius: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars; An English Translation, Augmented with the Biographies of Contemporary Statesmen, Orators, Poets, and Other Associates. Suetonius. Publishing Editor. J. Eugene Reed. Alexander Thomson. Philadelphia. Gebbie & Co. 1889