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House of Splendid Isolation

by Edna O'Brien

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Educated at an Irish convent, I was a lonely, frustrated girl who dreamed of escape, of becoming an actress. The early works of Edna O’Brien – her Country Girls trilogy – helped me to understand that my passions, my desire to live, to love were not uncommon. Her later works are magnificent. House of Splendid Isolation is my personal favourite.

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Josie, the ailing, elderly inhabitant of an Irish country mansion, dwells in the shadowy world of remembered pain and loneliness. McGreevy, the terrorist, reintroduces the possibility of compassion and tenderness, but there is an inevitably violent conclusion to their understanding as the police net closes. With extraordinary skill and empathy, Edna O'Brien shows two faces of a divided land: the yearnings of a woman whose youthful joy was broken, and the intransigent idealism of her captor.

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ISBN: 9781857992090
Publication date: 03/04/1995
Publisher: Phoenix, an imprint of Orion Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781857992090
Publication date: 3rd April 1995
Author: Edna O'Brien
Publisher: Phoenix, an imprint of Orion Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
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About Edna O'Brien

Since her debut novel The Country Girls Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.

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