The Gathering

The Gathering

Book - 2007
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Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering , a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him--something that happened in their grandmother's house in thewinter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, 2007.
ISBN: 9780802170392
0802170390
Branch Call Number: ENRIG
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 21 cm.

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fpsutka
Oct 07, 2017

I managed to get to page 40 then gave up! Warning - do not read this book if you are grieving or depressed! I would put it on my Leave on the Shelf list. There is far too much gloom and doom - I certainly hope that it is not autobiographical! However I did enjoy her novel The Forgotten Waltz.

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ryner
Aug 08, 2016

Veronica's brother has just died tragically, and as her very large, widespread family is preparing to gather for his funeral, she reflects on sinister and far-reaching events that occurred many years ago. I tried and tried, but simply could not get into this book. The narrator's stream-of-consciousness storytelling style was not my cup of tea, and I couldn't wait to be finished.

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jannylegs
Aug 01, 2016

Haunting family story of loss and suffering.

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jazpur
May 09, 2015

The writing is beautiful. The Irish subject matter is as miserably grim as Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes.Anne Enright's fiction is a far cry from Maeve Binchy's.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

An Irish woman in her late thirties finds her life coming unglued as her family (originally twelve siblings) gathers for her brother’s wake. The insights into family relationships and Veronica’s memories of her past are psychologically complex and make the story darkly compelling.

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empbee
Jul 16, 2013

All large families have similar issues (or maybe all families.)

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lisahiggs
Jun 03, 2013

“It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada’s house, the year that I was eight and Liam was barely nine.” This sentence comes on page 142 and it is about frigging time. A beautiful book about childhood memories, but sooooo draggy.

patienceandfortitude Sep 23, 2012

Reading this book was like living a nightmare of death, sex, and family. It is very well written, but disturbing and took me back to many places that I'd rather not remember. Read it only if you're not in grief or depressed.

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brinyurchin
Jun 19, 2011

I wasn't in the mood for the subject matter of the book. But, the quality of the writing trumped my mood. Enright's vision is layered and deep. It has a certain Irish claustrophobia and with that a real understanding of family psychology. It's worth entering her world. She writes like it's something she "has" to do.

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grizzlym
Dec 27, 2010

Well done. Some very funny lines among the sad.

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gailygirl
Feb 08, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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