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Civil & Strange By Cláir Ní Aonghusa,

  • Title: Civil & Strange
  • Author: Cláir Ní Aonghusa
  • ISBN: 9780618829361
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Finely observed and utterly transporting, Cl ir N Aonghusa s debut takes us inside a vibrant rural Ireland and three interconnected lives on the cusp of change.Eager to escape her failed marriage, Ellen hopes to recapture the magic of her childhood summers when she decides to leave Dublin for the small village of Ballindoon She is surprised when her uncle Matt, a neaFinely observed and utterly transporting, Cl ir N Aonghusa s debut takes us inside a vibrant rural Ireland and three interconnected lives on the cusp of change.Eager to escape her failed marriage, Ellen hopes to recapture the magic of her childhood summers when she decides to leave Dublin for the small village of Ballindoon She is surprised when her uncle Matt, a nearby farmer, welcomes her with the rather mystifying advice to play it civil and strange, a local expression meaning be polite on the surface but keep your distance and even surprised to find herself attracting the attentions of a younger man But when the two of them are spotted together and Ellen becomes the focus of her fellow villagers gossip and judgment, Matt s words resonate in a new way Ellen realizes how little she understands about life in Ballindoon, leading her to question not only her choices, but herself Meanwhile, she grows closer to Matt and to his friend Beatrice, a widow still troubled by her eldest child s suicide, and begins to glimpse how the web of connection that defines village life can also be sustaining which frees her to take a few risks of her own To Ellen s great wonder, as the events of this transformative, tumultuous year play out in all three of their lives, it becomes clear that even tradition bound Ballindoon can allow for new beginnings Anchored by the cadences of its Irish setting and the love story at its heart, Civil and Strange offers a moving exploration of the possibilities open to us, at any age, in any place, if only we are brave enough to embrace them.
    Civil Strange Finely observed and utterly transporting Cl ir N Aonghusa s debut takes us inside a vibrant rural Ireland and three interconnected lives on the cusp of change Eager to escape her failed marriage Ell

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    1. Civil Strange I picked this up only because the sleeve made a comparison with John McGahern Well sorry to say, McGahern she s not The book didn t dig deep enough into Irish rural society, rural prejudice, parochial Catholic psyche or the real issues of loneliness, suicide, etc however often these topics were touched The novel s surroundings rural Ireland are also dangerous topics The non Irish audience which I can only imagine as American wouldn t couldn t understand the stage Irish vernacular T [...]

    2. I LOVED THIS BOOK Set in a small Irish town, where everyone over the age of puberty seems to have suffered a hard loss of some kind and stoically trying to keep a stiff upper lip , true privacy is an unheard of commodity If your daughter is a pregnant teenager she is deemed a slut but if she quietly goes off to London to have an abortion she is marked to burn in hell for all eternity There is no winning side for anyone who steps outside of the age old s and tradition of local society A free thin [...]

    3. Not perfect, but a very good portrait of life in a small Irish village I ve spent quite a bit of time in one of those that effectively dramatizes the tensions that have arisen as Irish s changed so quickly and drastically over the past couple of decades It s odd that this only has two reviews on , and I actually found it and checked it out because it came up for review in a batch of books that weren t circulating well at my library I think the cover blurb comparing Ni Aonghusa to Maeve Binchy an [...]

    4. Ellen has recently separated from her husband As she heads to divorce she wants to leave Dublin and life as she knows it behind As she tries to figure out where to go she realizes that the house that she inherited from her cousins who she used to visit every summer would be the perfect place to go The house is in major disrepair so Ellen sets about fixing the place up Eugene comes in to redo her kitchen and there is an immediate chemistry between them Life in a rural area is quite different from [...]

    5. While reading comments The scenic images this book conjures make me want to move to Wicklow and become a shepherdess I must admit the reading is going a bit slowly than I like, but I find myself wanting to know what happens hence, the author must be doing something right Post reading comments So I ve finished it Overall a disappointment I know I previously said I found myself wanting to know the outcome of the bookever, I realised I never felt connected to any of the characters I found the main [...]

    6. Interesting character study focusing on the inhabitants of a small town in Ireland After her divorce, in an attempt to capture some of the joys of childhood, Ellen moves from Dublin to a small country town where she had spent her childhood summers When she begins to date a younger man, she soon finds herself the target of town gossip.People who live in small towns will recognize the daily interactions of the residents and how everyone knows or thinks they know everything about everybody else Uni [...]

    7. This is a story of a changing culture even for the people living in Ireland Ellen, unlike most young people there, moves to the rural area of Balindoon from Dublin to distance herself from her soon to be ex husband and her mother The author does a wonderful job with showing how daunting living in a small town can be for someone who only visited her aunts there during the summer as a child The title comes from advice her Uncle Matt gave her, Be civil and strange, be polite but don t let them know [...]

    8. Readers enjoying the latter part of their lives will enjoy this novel of second chances The small village in Ireland in which it takes place seems bound by its Catholic rules for living and inflicts these on the friends who are both civil and strange to each other But the return of Ellen who is in her late 30 s and who begins by being sucked into the connections and the taboos in the village also helps others to explore some new possibilities Very thoughtful, upbeat, and thought provoking.

    9. I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn t I wanted to like the characters, but their angst is so defined, so constructed, that they do not read like real people Filled with mean spirited, malicious, gossiping supporting characters, the main characters moved in stilted predictable ways, maintaining a high level of secrecy from each other and themselves The author did try to get her heroine to grow, but it lacked any real ness to it Any my goodness there was no humor None.

    10. This book was a disappointment I picked it up because the cover reminded me of the village in Dingle Harbor in Ireland that we visited, and of course, I love anything set in Ireland The writing was fine, but the characters were so so and nothing ever really happened Lots of wierd conflict that or less got resolved in the end, but overall, I m sorry I spent the time I did on this book As the movie reviewers would say, thumbs DOWN

    11. This book made me think a bit It would be easy to write it off as a higher brow Maeve Binchy romantic undertones set in Ireland but the I think about it, it really raises questions about who you decide to be, how the things that happen to you can change you and the course of your life, and about how decisions we make can be about making something of a life, not just letting it happen Anyway I ll keep an eye out for a second book by this author.

    12. Novel takes places in an Irish village where a separated schoolteacher Ellen purchases the home where she spent fondly remembered summers as a child She goes there primarily to escape the big city Dublin and her mother Kitty Competently written A little trite and predictable, but still a pleasant read about the Irish countryside Some romance, some family drama, etc.

    13. A great story about a small Irish town Ellen relocates after a divorce to the town where she spent her summers as a child She spends time with her Uncle Matt who is also going through some difficult times She doesn t quite fit in with the locals, but she keeps trying They don t understand why she would want to leave Dublin for such a small town.

    14. I liked the overall feel of this book, written in the same vein as Maeve Binchy However, I was disappointed with the feeling of unfinished business at the end Too many loose ends and conflicts I would have liked to have seen resolved If the author comes out with a sequel she will have redeemed herself.

    15. Although, I didn t find the lead character in this book highly appealing, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book The inner voices, aired ethics, the philosophical talking and thinking about the old Ireland and how it conflicted with the new, was really interesting I appreciate it when a book gives you some sort of an inner construct to understanding people This book did that for me.

    16. I m giving this 4 stars because I m so thrilled to have found another fun Irish author in the vein of Maeve Binchy The only thing that took me a while to adjust to was the use of present tense in the narration But all in all a good read

    17. Emerging from a broken marriage, Ellen moves away from Dublin and buys her dead aunts house in the village she visited as a child.This is a lovely book, full to the brim with decent characters, poetic descriptions and well fitted musings on contemporary life.

    18. A really good read Story line is not unusual a young woman breaks up her marriage and goes back to the family home in Ballindoon, Ireland to rebuild But the characters are great lots of variety, and definitely not Friendly Village I really enjoyed reading it

    19. An interesting story about how we have to live with our choices, even ones that may have taken us down the wrong road The prose was a bit flat at points, and my interest would lag at places though.

    20. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, for some way that the author tied everything together and the ending was just lame.

    21. read in 2008 and thought it was very good have wondered for years of this author has written anything else since.

    22. This was 2 and 1 2, I guess It s a story that takes place in Ireland but I couldn t find much to like about most of the characters Maeve Binchy it isn t.

    23. Interesting book, well written, and successfully skipped a tripe though still too tidy ending Does effectively show the struggles of the new Ireland.

    24. What I am enjoying most is the Irish use of the English language And maybe I will change the spelling of my first name to match this author s

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