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The Gathering

Enright, Anne (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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'The Gathering' is a family epic, condensed and clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. It is also a sexual history: tracing the line of hurt and redemption through three generations - starting with the grandmother, Ada Merriman - showing how memories warp and family secrets fester.
Authors: Enright, Anne, 1962-
Title: The gathering
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2007
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Characteristics: 260 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anne Enright
ISBN: 0802170390
9780802170392
Branch Call Number: FICTION ENRIGHT
Subject Headings: Dublin (Ireland) Social life and customs Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
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Jul 16, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All large families have similar issues (or maybe all families.)

Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

“It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada’s house, the year that I was eight and Liam was barely nine.” This sentence comes on page 142 and it is about frigging time. A beautiful book about childhood memories, but sooooo draggy.

Sep 23, 2012
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reading this book was like living a nightmare of death, sex, and family. It is very well written, but disturbing and took me back to many places that I'd rather not remember. Read it only if you're not in grief or depressed.

Jun 19, 2011
  • brinyurchin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wasn't in the mood for the subject matter of the book. But, the quality of the writing trumped my mood. Enright's vision is layered and deep. It has a certain Irish claustrophobia and with that a real understanding of family psychology. It's worth entering her world. She writes like it's something she "has" to do.

Dec 27, 2010
  • grizzlym rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well done. Some very funny lines among the sad.

Dec 11, 2010
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

2007 Man Booker Prize

Aug 22, 2009
  • GGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Somewhat predictable story. I almost didn't want to finish because I knew and wasn't sure I wanted to know. She writes some very good lines that makes you stop and think.

Amazon.ca top 25 books of 2007.

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Feb 08, 2008
  • gailygirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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