The Gathering

Enright, Anne

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Gathering
Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering , a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. 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 her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2007
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 0802170390
Branch Call Number: FICTION ENRIGHT
Characteristics: 260 p. ;,21 cm


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Feb 01, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An Irish woman in her late thirties finds her life coming unglued as her family (originally twelve siblings) gathers for her brother’s wake. The insights into family relationships and Veronica’s memories of her past are psychologically complex and make the story darkly compelling.

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.

Feb 08, 2008 top 25 books of 2007.


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

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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