A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.
The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age, their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.
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Another Family Gathering
I enjoyed both together and the audiobook added significantly to my enjoyment of the book. However, the writing is so richly detailed that i would be scared I would miss something without the print book in my hand.
I loved every page of it, but especially loved the stories of matriach Rosaleen's four children after they leave home. Was most moved by the story of burned out aid worker Emmet and the dog which enters his life, courtesy of his girlfriend, Alice.
It was so nice to hear it read in an Irish accent, and her voice brought out the poetry of the language. She dramatised the dialogue very well, and brought alive the individual voices.
(She was a little bit fast though and someone should tell her how to pronounce Aceh!)
No matter how old you get, you never escape your need for your mother's approval.
I really loved this book and thought it so much better than Enright's earlier novel The Gathering. I hope it will be at least shortlisted for the Booker in 2015.
Wonderful book and beautifully read