Troubles

Troubles

Book - 1970
Average Rating:
3
Rate this:
Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize

1919: After surviving the Great War, Major Brendan Archer makes his way to Ireland, hoping to discover whether he is indeed betrothed to Angela Spencer, whose Anglo-Irish family owns the once-aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Kilnalough. But his fianc#65533;e is strangely altered and her family's fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline. The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating on a grand sca≤ its few remaining guests thrive on rumors and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar and the upper stories; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. Meanwhile, the Major is captivated by the beautiful and bitter Sarah Devlin. As housekeeping disasters force him from room to room, outside the order of the British Empire also totters: there is unrest in the East, and in Ireland itself the mounting violence of "the troubles."
 
Troubles is a hilarious and heartbreaking work by a modern master of the historical novel.
Publisher: New York : New York Review of Books, c1970.
ISBN: 9781590170182
1590170180
Branch Call Number: FIC Farre
Characteristics: xi, 459 p.

Opinion

From Library Staff

Winner of the "Lost Man Booker Prize" awarded in 2010, it's funny, sad and beautifully written. Major Brendan Archer has travelled to Ireland to visit his fiancee at the crumbling Majestic Hotel. But this is 1919 - and things in Ireland are about to erupt. A fine novel set in a transiti... Read More »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

u
uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2012

Empire Trilogy. A defining portrait of the English in Ireland. It is set in post-WW I Ireland and told from an Anglo-Irish perspective.

e
elsieh
Feb 08, 2011

I didn't finish it. It lost my interest.

d
doodletoo
Nov 22, 2010

A very different perspective of the Irish/English conflict. A real hard slog at times but worth it.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at OPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top