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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Books Read in April

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

This is a haunting book about a young Irish girl who has to leave Ireland for a new life in Brooklyn in the 1950's.  When she gets there, she suffers from terrible homesickness but she gradually starts to enjoy her new life and fall in love.  Eventually she has to return to Ireland where she faces difficult choices...

Toibin certainly captures the atmospheres of Ireland and Brooklyn in the 1950's and cleverly compares them.  He also has an uncanny ability to describe the way that Eilis, the main character, would feel in that situation.  He also makes her extremely likeable and memorable.

The only problem that I had with this book is that I felt that I had to read every word.  It seemed to require a lot of concentration for some reason, although it isn't by any means a difficult book to read.

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