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The cliffs of night Hardcover – 1974
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I thought I would like this book. I wanted to like this book. The Cliffs of Moher (an important setting in this novel) are one of my favourite places in Ireland and archaeology is part of the plot. It sounded perfect for me. But, alas, it was not to be. I could not get into this book no matter how hard I tried, mainly because of Grania. I didn’t like her. She seemed far too neurotic. During the beginning of the novel she complains of her “crackling nerves” or “snapping nerves” or her “illness” related to nerves. That alone was annoying, but once I found out the cause of her “illness”, I was even more annoyed. Grania was in this terrible emotional state because she had been working hard and broke up with her boyfriend. If that’s what it takes to become ill, it’s a wonder I survived graduate school! She seemed overly neurotic about something that is a normal part of life for a twenty-something woman. A novel, for me, is spoiled if I don’t like the protagonist. I do give this novel two stars instead of one because with a better character than Grania, I probably would have enjoyed (or at least liked) it.
From the back cover- "She came to a land of fearful legends and terrifying reality. Young American actress Grania Kirk was in flight from a disasterous love affair when she came to the homeland of her Irish ancestors - and to the legendary Cliffs of Moher, where ancient evil was said to live eternally between the howling winds above and the crashing seas below.
It was in this wild and desolate place that a chance meeting with a handsome stranger, and a thoughtless surrender to an irresistably romantic impulse, suddenly plunged Grania into a nightmare of danger in a strife-torn land of violence and intrigue, where life was cheap and love could be a deadly lie..."
This is absolutely in the great tradition of Mary Stewart! Find it if you can.