A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439149829
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource (262 p.)


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liljables Jul 23, 2018

I absolutely loved the film adaptation of Brooklyn, so much so that I was nervous to read the book. My trepidation was warranted, unfortunately - while Toibin's writing was beautiful, the book didn't evoke the same melancholy that endeared me to the movie. I don't say this very often, but if you have to choose one, I'd pass on the book and watch the film!

bibliosara Jan 02, 2018

Brooklyn, as my first Colm Toibin book, set the standard high. I had already watched the movie (which I loved) and was eager to read the book it was based off of.
Toibin has a natural gift for storytelling. This novel was stirring, emotional, and poetic. Like the movie, the story progresses at a steady pace. This is not an action novel, but it is a novel that will sweep you along on a journey you won't soon forget. The pace suits the characters, the time, and the plot. Toibin's style is magical.
As Eilis' personal as well as physical journey progress, you find yourself rooting for an unusual heroine. Eilis is a sweet and endearing young woman with a powerful story and admirable character. Eilis' struggle was not unusual, and by the end of the book you not only feel satisfied (and maybe a little happy-weepy) but also educated. Toibin interweaves fact with fiction, making this historical fiction at its best.

Sep 07, 2017

The writing in this book feels so awkward at times that I had to convince myself that that was the only way Toibin could convince us of the awkwardness of the main character. Her indecision sometimes leaves the plot floundering and when she does make decisions (or the plot takes a turn) it seems to come out of nowhere. In fact the author convinced me that the main character's decisions are hardly thought through at all - that she lives in a nebulous space that doesn't include a lot of reflection or self-awareness. Nevertheless a lovely book with a great portrait of a young Irish immigrant to Brooklyn in the 1950s. A classic dilemma builds, especially towards the end, about how thoroughly our roots are entwined in who we are, how we feel about our childhood home, and what happens when you try new things.

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

A quiet, lovely book about that momentous period of your early twenties. Nothing stands out though.

Aug 27, 2016

A cut above the usual "Irish" books. determined, imaginative Irish girl succeeds to reinvent her life. Good read.

Aug 27, 2016

This probably made a good 'chick' flick. I found the book long-winded, too many lengthy descriptions, and - sorry - boring. Probably best suited for adolescent girls. Obviously not my 'cup of tea'.

Jul 30, 2016

At first I really didn’t like how incredibly passive Eilis was. She moved to America because her mother, sister, and Priest told her to, not because she wanted to. In America she still just went along with what those around her wanted, but that’s partially what makes the book interesting as the story progresses and the stakes become higher. This is a rich story of an Irish immigrant who moves to America in the 1950’s, and ultimately has to figure out what she wants.

Jul 16, 2016

did enjoy this book and can't wait to see the movie

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn is simple storytelling at its best. This is a novel which doesn't accomplish much. It doesn't woo or provoke; it doesn't spend long developing characters or wallowing in language. It's a plot-driven story that really focuses on the story.

This is a novel that doesn't rely on bells and whistles. It doesn't need the added noise. Just the simple voice of an author telling a story that is beautiful and captivating.

May 23, 2016

Every once in awhile I have to step away from the thrillers and suspense novels and delve into something that's a bit more literary. I certainly got that in Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn." This is a relatively quiet novel. A lot happens, and yet it really isn't anything earth shattering. The story follows the rather unassuming life of Eilis Lacy, a young Irish immigrant to (you guessed it) Brooklyn in the 1950s. I mostly enjoyed Eilis. She's an introvert, with a nice sense of humor. She could certainly be frustrating--she is probably the most passive character I've ever come across in a book. And that lead to moments when I found myself wondering what was wrong with her that she couldn't make up her mind???!!!

With that said, I went into this book a bit worried that I'd be bored. And I wasn't. It drew me in each time I picked it up and it gave me a few good laughs along the way. I also think it was an interesting read for me, a woman of 2016. Eilis was certainly a woman of her time and perhaps that's why she was so frustrating to me. This book is a great illustration of how things are different for women today.

All-in-all, it was a good, introspective read.

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