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Nora Webster (2014)

by Colm Tóibín(Favorite Author)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 4
1439138338 (ISBN13: 9781439138335)
review 1: A lovely, gentle book that's all about character, not action. In fact, I was halfway through it and thinking, "What's the point of this book, anyway?" when I realized the point was to show the personal growth and recovery of this young widow. There are some real gems here, such as Nora's observation that people tend to treat widows like children who don't know how to take care of themselves and when Nora gets her spunk on and tells off the office bully.
review 2: I feel bad giving this book only two stars because the writing is lovely, but the story just meanders on and on, never going anywhere at all. It's the story of a young widow (set in Ireland in the 60s) having to figure out who to be and how to live once her husband has passed. I suppose one could argue
... more that there are some quiet moments of change or discovery or growth throughout the book--that is true. But it just didn't make for very interesting reading, unfortunately. less
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A really wonderful book with beautiful language. I think the story is a metaphor for grief.
A basic yet powerful story of a widow's struggle to survive and raise her family.
Loved this book. Every word, emotion and plot point felt authentic and true.
Quite engrossing about an Irish widow dealing with her life after..
dreadfully dull and steadfast in its refusal to be otherwise.
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