The Blackwater Lightship


Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501106929

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1666

It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen, her mother Lily, and her grandmother Dora have come together, after a decade of estrangement, to tend to Helen's beloved brother, Declan, who is dying of AIDS. Under the crumbling roof of Dora's old house, Declan's two friends join the women as each waits for the end. The six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, are forced to plumb the shoals of their own histories and to come to terms with each other. The Blackwater Lightship is a beautifully written, deeply resonant story about three generations of an estranged family reuniting to mourn a tragic, untimely death. In spare, luminous prose, Colm Tóibín explores the nature of love and the complex emotions inside a family at war with itself. His fourth novel is about morals and manners, and the clashes of culture and personality. But most of all, it is a novel about the incomparable capacity of stories to heal the deepest wounds.

The Blackwater Lightship


Author: Colm Tóibín

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330389860

Category: Bereavement

Page: 273

View: 7858

It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Three women, Dora Devereux, her daughter Lily and her grand-daughter Helen, have arrived, after years of strife, at an uneasy peace with each other. They know that in the years ahead it will be necessary for them to keep their distance. Now, however, Declan, Helen's adored brother, is dying and the three of them come together in the grandmother's crumbling old house with two of Declan's friends. All six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, are forced to listen to, and come to terms with each other.The Blackwater Lightship is a novel about morals and manners, about culture clashes and clashes of personalities, but it is also a novel full of stories, as the characters give an account of themselves, and the others listen, awe struck or deeply amused at things they have never heard before.

Goodbye Yeats and O'Neill

Farce in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Narratives


Author: Edward Alphonsus Hagan

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042029935

Category: Drama

Page: 329

View: 5090

Goodbye Yeats and O¿Neill is a reading of one or two books recently written by the following major authors: Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, John McGahern, William Trevor, Seamus Deane, Nuala O¿Faolain, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Nick Laird, Gerry Adams, Claire Boylan, Frank McCourt, Tim O¿Brien, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Alice McDermott, Edward J. Delaney, Beth Lordan, William Kennedy, Thomas Kelly, and Mary Gordon. The study argues that farce has been a major mode of recent Irish and Irish-American fiction and memoir¿a primary indicator of the state of both Irish and Irish-American cultures in the early twenty-first century. Edward A. Hagan is Professor of Writing at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of High Nonsensical Words: A Study of the Works of Standish James O¿Grady (Whitston, 1986). In addition to numerous journal articles, he has edited and introduced three volumes in the University College Dublin Classics of Irish History Series¿To the Leaders of Our Working People by Standish James O¿Grady (2002), Sun and Wind by Standish James O¿Grady (2004), and The Green Republic by W.R. MacDermott (2004).

Redefinitions of Irish Identity

A Postnationalist Approach


Author: Irene Gilsenan Nordin,Carmen Zamorano Llena

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039115587

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

View: 7334

This collection of essays aims to provide new insights into the debate on postnationalism in Ireland from the perspective of narrative writing.

"Blighted Beginnings"

Coming of Age in Independent Ireland


Author: Jonathan Bolton

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838757731

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 1373

Blighted Beginnings: Coming of Age in Independent Ireland offers a much needed examination of the manner in which narratives of emerging selfhood were used persistently by authors in order to critique and reform problems that have plagued postindependence Ireland. The study begins by examining the struggles peculiar to the generation that either came of age during the Irish revlutionary period or immediately after independence whose individual identityformation coincides with the birth of the Free State. It then looks at how the freedoms of Anglo-Irish children were circumscribed by the traditions of their class, the inheritance of property, and by sectarian prejudice, thereby impeding their maturity, and how the Big House tradition is used both to redress the privilege and colonial abuses of their class and respond to the culture of resentment that complicated Anglo-Irish life after independence. This study also analyzes how religious vocations, widely encouraged in Ireland, defied the expectations of maturity by insisting upon a renunciation of worldly ambition, an ongoing paternal and institutional dependency, sexual abstinence, and social separation. Blighted Beginnings further considers Ireland's "politics of chastity"---a national identity construction based on notions of moral purity that hindered sexual development and courtship practices---and how coming-of-age fiction dramatizes forms of sexual repression that obstruct courtship and marriage. It then takes up the related issue of how Irish coming-out narratives raise consciousness about the problems inherent in embracing a gay or lesbian identity in Ireland, and how culturally inscribed and institutionalized forms of prejudice in Irish society had, and still have impugned samesex relationships, imposed social and legal penalties to discourage homosexuality, and enforced the secrecy of the closet. This book also looks at how authors have persistently used the bildungsroman to complicate and challenge the idealization of the family, exposing the divorce ban as symptomatic of an unrealistic notion of domestic inviolability. This study concludes with a discussion of the future of the bildungsroman in a country that has transcended many of its formative crises. This chapter considers Doyle's A Star Called Henry as a text that inaugurates a new phase in Irish coming-of-age narratives in which many of the problems of Irish life, formerly treated so earnestly and tragically, can be a source of play and humor. By looking at a comprehensive range of novels by writers like Sean O'Faolain, Elizabeth Bowen, Edna O'Brien, and William Trevor, as well as lesser known figures like Eimar O'Duffy, Francis MacManus, and Mary Morrissy, Blighted Beginnings traces the evolving concerns of Irish writers as they pushed for a greater accommodation of individual freedoms and aspirations.

The Blackwater Saga

A Victorian Riverside Romance


Author: Ian Yearsley

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1782222944

Category: Fiction

Page: 106

View: 2749

In late-19th-century coastal Essex physician-turned-novelist Dr. Richard Wilde is taking a holiday in the country to escape the pressures of London life. A fortuitous accident leads to him meeting a beautiful 18-year-old local girl, Bessie Cable, with whom he keenly pursues a platonic relationship as he sees in her the model for the heroine of his next novel. Bessie’s long-time love, the ignorant farmhand Tom Spiggins, does not, however, take kindly to the doctor’s interest in his girl. As jealousy takes hold of Tom and old passions reawaken some lost threads of his family history, the potential for conflict between Tom and the doctor begins to loom large.  Inspired by the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould’s classic Essex marshland novel Mehalah, The Blackwater Saga is written in the traditional romantic style of Victorian novels. Its author, Ian Yearsley, draws heavily on his background as an Essex historian to set the action in the fictional village of Loriston, on the north shore of the River Blackwater between Maldon and Tollesbury, where the atmosphere and the story of a classic love triangle both come alive through the gentle geography of a rural riverside village.

The Advocate


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Homosexuality

Page: N.A

View: 820

Reading Colm Tóibín


Author: Paul Delaney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905785414

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

View: 1507

A series of reflections which are innovative, wide-ranging and timely by some of the most prominent figures currently working in Irish Studies about the literary work of Colm Toibin.