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The Gathering

Enright, Anne (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Gathering


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A dazzling writer of international stature, Anne Enright is one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a return to an intimate canvas and moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family haunted by the past. The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him--something that happened in their grandmother's house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, she shows how memories warp and secrets fester. The Gathering is a family epic, clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. This is a novel about love and disappointment, about how fate is written in the body, not in the stars. The Gathering sends fresh blood through the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. As in all of Anne Enright's work, this is a book of draing, wit, and insight, her distinctive intelligence twisting the world a fraction and giving it back to us in a new and unforgettable light.
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: 9780802170392
0802170390
Branch Call Number: FICTION ENRIGHT
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Report This Jul 16, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

Well done. Some very funny lines among the sad.

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

2007 Man Booker Prize

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

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