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  • Title: Star of the Sea
  • Author: Joseph O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9780156029667
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for NewYork On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many desperate Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his wife and children, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolutiIn the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for NewYork On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many desperate Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his wife and children, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution This journey will see many lives end, others begin anew Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go As urgently contemporary as it is historical, this exciting and compassionate novel builds with the pace of a thriller to a stunning conclusion.
    Star of the Sea In the bitter winter of from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice the Star of the Sea sets sail for NewYork On board are hundreds of refugees some optimistic many desperate Among them are

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    1. MUST READ for all that love good book and Irish literature This book got many awards for very good reason and the one that makes me very very very very proud of being its Serbian editor Among my Top 15 titles I ve signed as editor True masterpiece

    2. Although the history of Ireland is rife with dramatic events, there is none tragic than the Great Famine In the middle of the 19th century the Emerald Isle was hit by Phytophthora infestans commonly known as the potato blight which also plundered crops across continental Europe, where the 1840 s became known as the Hungry Forties Thousands of people died of starvation as they did not have any other staple food source But the continental famine is a drop in the ocean when it comes to the effect [...]

    3. Despite historical fiction not being my thang, there is no doubt that O Connor is an astonishingly accomplished writer A book that will transport you back in time, to a wintry voyage in the mid 1880s, where a vengeful killer hides in plain view

    4. I listened to this book on a long trip recently and once again really enjoyed the experience, The play Star Of The Sea is coming to my local theatre and I am really looking forward to seeing it acted as a play ad was great to refresh my memory in advance of the play Every now and then a book comes along that I feel passionate about and Joseph O Connor s Star of the Sea is one of those books that tells the harrowing and tragic story of the Irish Potato famine of 1840 s Ireland and the voyage of t [...]

    5. This brought home to me than any dry history could the extent of and devastating effects of the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s Through this novel I felt keenly the suffering of the Irish and the devastating effects of the Potato Famine For many, thrown off their small plots of land by their heartless landlords, the way to escape their poverty and privation was to emigrate to America.This is the story of the 1847 voyage of a ship filled with emigrants the Star of the Sea and her captain and cr [...]

    6. A brilliant novel that roams far beyond the boundaries of the ship upon which it s set, Star of the Sea is a gripping tale of murder, revenge, cruelty and love set against the backdrop of The Famine It s so well written that the complex structure of the book seems natural and the shifting perspectives of the narrative effortless The three main characters are so well developed and realized that they command your attention from the first page, and the secondary characters are always than mere typ [...]

    7. I remember this novel being published in 2002, and can only think that I didn t read it at the time as I didn t feel its subject matter would ve been of interest to me, my Irish history interest kicking in in the 20th century I have been thinking about reading it for a while though, and took the opportunity to pick up a second hand copy to read, as a book group I plan to attend is reading Redemption Falls , the novel which follows this one I have to admit that while I liked the book, I didn t l [...]

    8. Vrhunski roman starog kova pisan u maniru klasi nih britanskih romanopisaca, poput Dickensa Izvrsno je do aran duh te kog vremena za Irsku u vrijeme velike gladi kada su milioni Iraca umrli od gladi ili bje ali u obe anu zemlju Ameriku Roman se bavi potresnim sudbinama nekolicine Iraca koji putuju brodom Zvijezda mora, ali se retrospektivno upoznajemo sa njihovim tragi nim ivotima me usobno povezanim neraskidivim vezama Joseph O Conor ina e brat slavne pjeva ice Sinead je izvrstan pisac koji vje [...]

    9. Star of the Sea is set amid the Irish potato famine of the mid nineteenth century My personal interpretation is that the book is of a character study The characters who make the voyage on the ship Star of the Sea to America It isn t a story of hopes or dreams There is no sense that reaching the destination will bring a good change I guess I m not entirely sure what the message was in this book which is an illustration of the confusing writing style and changing viewpoints I was reading this boo [...]

    10. A 400 page grim read that was difficult to penetrate I would not have persevered were it not that a friend had asked me for my opinion on the book, and I had read that other reviewers had struggled with it initially All that said, it is well written but takes a very long time to explain how the various characters are linked so reads as if it is jumping from one unrelated story to another for much of the first half I struggled with the style of writing which, at times tries to reflect that of the [...]

    11. I have to say that this is a time when I really appreciate my book club I ended up enjoying this book, but it was very slow going for a long time If I hadn t been reading it for my book club, I believe I would have put it down toward the beginning and never gone back to it, but I am so glad that I felt obligated to read it and therefore finished it My favorite part was the fictional description of how Charles Dickens got the information that led to his writing the book Oliver Twist I was smiling [...]

    12. This is historical fiction that is historical only in the most general sense The author creates many footnotes and sources in the text which are fictional The narrator of the book is Grantley Dixon, an American journalist, albeit, not very successful The story revolves around David Meredith, Lord Kingscourt, whose estate in Connemara, is bankrupt, Pius Mulvey, a dark character throughout, and Mary Duane, a former tenant of Meredith, and current nanny The story is set in winter 1847, during the I [...]

    13. this book was amazing a little difficult to get into at the start, but once the story unravels, it s difficult to put down you get a great idea of what life was like in famine stricken ireland in the mid 1800s through the back stories of several intertwining characters there s a bit of mystery as you re trying to figure out the reasons behind a murder on a boat full of irish emmigrants bound for new york i love love loved this book and would love to read it all over again.

    14. OK, it s official I am not a fan of Joseph O Connor Granted, Star of the Sea is far and away a much better novel than Redemption Falls, but for me, O Connor s method of stitching together a narrative by using pieces from supposedly contemporary material all of which was written by him, of course just doesn t work There are bits of this novel which shine, the parts in which O Connor really focuses on one character and develops him or her thoroughly Supposedly this book was written by a journalist [...]

    15. I took this book on holiday to the wilds of County Donegal and it is fair to say that I lived every word It filled my waking hours, my sleeping dreams and everything in between Around every bend I saw the fleeting shadows of its characters every ruin was the abandoned home of Mary Duane or Pius Mulvey and every mouthful of potato tasted like a blessed gift The historical backdrop of this novel is the Irish Famine, the immensity of this event being such that it colours the entire text the plot, t [...]

    16. Description Tragedy is a word too often used Nevertheless, in Star of the Sea Joseph O Connor manages to achieve a real sense of the tragic, as personal dramas of the most distressing kind play themselves out against the background of the Irish potato famine and the almost equal nightmare of the mass emigration that it caused As passengers die of starvation and disease in steerage, a drama of adultery, inadvertent incest and inherited disease plays itself out in first class O Connor raises, and [...]

    17. Perhaps the most clich d book I have read in years A begorrah tale of Old Ireland Terrible prose, and even worse dialogue I ve read many Irish novels, but this is the worst Extremely disappointing, given all the positive reviews I have seen It may be charming to people who don t have any idea of Irish history, or any idea of good storytelling Have you ever seen Far and Away, PS I Love You, the Matchmaker, or any of those faux Irish nonsense films Well, this is so much worse I only stayed reading [...]

    18. Maybe 3.5 stars It started and ended slowly, but enjoyed the middle Not my usual read, so actually glad to have read this for book club and looking forward to the discussion I flipped between audio and print and definitely recommend this in print There are too many points of view in the book to follow on audio.

    19. D nyada ok e itli t rden sevgi var Seninle baz zamanlar daha ziyade karde gibi olsayd k da bu bana fazlas yla yeterdi nk d nyada sahip olunabilecek en iyi arkada ve yard mc yd n, seni sevmekse benim b t n mutlulu umdu Denizler Y ld z benim rlanda edebiyat ndan okudu um ilk kitap ve olduk a be endim Anlat m ve betimlerin ok zengin oldu u bir kitapt Karakterler zenle yaz lm ve hepsinin ge mi teki hikayeleri b y leyiciydi Sonu ise benim i in ger ekten beklenmedikti Hikaye genel olarak rahats z edic [...]

    20. From my International Fiction Book Club blog It was a cold, blustery, rainy evening No, that s not the beginning of a novel, just the weather report from the International Fiction Book Club meeting of October 17, 2012 Star of the Sea by Joseph O Connor took center stage Even though it was nasty outside, inside we had a pleasant conversation about a most horrible time in Irish history the Great Famine The seeming present of the novel takes place on the ship, The Star of the Sea, a freighter that [...]

    21. Set against the background of the Irish famine in the year 1847, with writing that is at times beautifully evocative of the time, this novel is worth the read if you persevere with it The reason I ve added the caveat at the end of that sentence is simple The book doesn t really get going until a third of the way through The pace suffers due to constant switching between perspectives For example, for five or ten pages we hear the story of Pius Mulvey, followed by a letter written by Lord Kingscou [...]

    22. Dickensian in scale, this is a heart rending, intimate, tense, funny and important page turner of a book that will stick with me for a long time especially since I read it while living in Ireland It seems nearly unimaginable that anyone could write anything remotely entertaining about the senseless tragedy of the Great Irish Famine that claimed one million souls or the coffin ships that carried another million of the Irish diaspora to America and beyond or that anyone would even hazard it I m so [...]

    23. This is a terrific work of literature, and I m not sure why everyone hasn t been talking about it It was mistakenly shelved in the Nautical Fiction section of my local used bookstore further evidence of its image problem It s true that there is a boat involved, but really the book is about the Great Hunger in Ireland and the emigration to America that it spawned This book is an example of the ways that literature can sometimes be the most effective vehicle to understand history, but its historic [...]

    24. Excellent storyline and a thoroughly enjoyable read There are a lot of characters in it so it takes a while to get into it but once you do it s a real page turner of a book and even though it s set in one of the most miserable times of Ireland s history the story itself doesn t wallow in that misery and at times is actually quite funny and uplifting with lots of touching human tales If you have never been to the West of Ireland it s portrays a good picture of what life was like there in the 19th [...]

    25. Multilayered treatment of a topic, An G rta M r, which defies understanding in scope and cruelty like the later Shoah Star of the Sea succeeds where others should have feared to rush in Unfortunately the Famine and the emigration it precipitated has usually been treated as a vehicle to flog all the British Or, it has been the foundation of a thinly veneered memoir of one s ancestors who came to the States Embedded literary allusions in the narrative are an additional treat, like the references t [...]

    26. This book had me sucked in right from the start Great characters, a good mystery and an interesting though tragic time in Ireland and Englands history A very intersting narrative style too which helped keep the historical context alive as well as illustrations from the time period.

    27. I really believed that I was going to love this book and kept plugging away thinking things were going to come together and make sense I kept finding myself flipping back and forth, checking about how many pages remained I found it very convoluted and confusing I was most eager to know something about the Irish potato famine which occurred in the mid 19th century Star of the Sea is a mystery involving persons fleeing that famine across the ocean to what they had heard called The Promised Land O [...]

    28. I enjoy stories that take place at sea so I picked this one up Big mistake I guess this had a really profound message and if I wasn t so sleep deprived maybe I would have gotten it However as it is I was bored to death This is a very dark and depressing story of refugees fleeing the Potato Famine of the 1800 s There is little positive in this book as it showcases the darkest side of humanity The writing style is terribly confusing and all the changing viewpoints make it difficult to follow the s [...]

    29. On ne peut nier le talent de Joseph O Connor et il a bien r ussi ce roman historique N anmoins, apr s avoir lu David Mitchell O Connor n est pas l hauteur de Cloud Atlas, et vrai dire je me suis endormi quelque fois pendant la lecture Peut tre parce que je m avais attendu une sorte de Moby Dick de nos jours o l actoin avait lieu plus sur le bateau que par terre Mais, bon l histoire brutale de la famine irlandaise et leur facon d essayer d chapper aux Etats Unis, est fascinant et continue fascine [...]

    30. Star of the Sea is a tough novel to read in places, it depicts the famine in Ireland and the escape to America The Star of the Sea is a ship which takes the rich and poor alike to the port of New York to start a new life The passengers aboard have a number of secrets and as the novel progresses you realise that they are linked The slow way the novel intertwines the stories is really great It really allows the reader to get into the story There are harrowing moments though, tales that leave you s [...]

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