Country Girl

Country Girl

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Author: O'Brien, Edna

Brand: Faber & Faber

Edition: Main

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Number Of Pages: 352

Release Date: 24-09-2012

Details: Product Description I thought of life's many bounties, to have known the extremities of joy and sorrow, love, crossed love and unrequited love, success and failure, fame and slaughter, to have read in the newspapers that as a writer I was past my sell-by date, yet regardless, to go on writing and reading, to be lucky enough to live in these two intensities that have buttressed my whole life.Born in Ireland in 1930 and driven into exile after publication of her controversial first novel, The Country Girls, O'Brien has created a body of work which bears comparison with the very best writers of the twentieth century. In Country Girl we come face to face with literary life of high drama and contemplation. And along the way there are encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars and literary titans -- all of whom lend this life, so gorgeously, sometimes painfully remembered here, a terrible poignancy. In prose which sparkles with the effortless gifts of a master in her ninth decade, Edna O'Brien has recast her life with the imaginitive insight of a poet. It is a book of unfathomable depths and honesty. Review '[An] exemplary, pin sharp memoir.' -- Sunday Times 'Edna O'Brien is a bewitching and remarkable talent.' --Helen Davies, Sunday Times 'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' -- Guardian 'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' -- Observer 'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' -- Spectator 'Edna O'Brien's Country Girl shimmers with heart, soul and literary brilliance.' --Arifa Akbar, Independent, Books of the Year 'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' -- Mail on Sunday 'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' -- Irish Independent 'A terrific, gripping read.' -- Irish Times 'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' Guardian 'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer 'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' Spectator 'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' Mail on Sunday 'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' Irish Independent 'A terrific, gripping read.' --Irish Times 'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' Guardian 'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer 'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' Spectator 'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' Mail on Sunday 'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' Irish Independent 'A terrific, gripping read.' --Irish Times 'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' Guardian 'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer 'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' Spectator 'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' Mail on Sunday 'The entire na

EAN: 9780571269433

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Note: First edition hardback.

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