Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review -- Irish Shorts: Nora's Escape and other true stories of love, loss and resistance

Irish Shorts: Nora's Escape and other true stories of love, loss and resistance
This is a small book of six lovely real-life short stories. The author, Maria Hall, grew up in Ireland and now lives in New Zealand.

The stories -- about Agnes, Nora and Patricia, three generations of Irish women in the family of Maria Hall -- have historical references as well as a strong Irish Catholic underpinning.

The stories have no complex plots and subplots; but they are so full of life, weaving the disparate emotions centred around everyday joys and tribulations. This is the first book of this kind I have read. The story I liked the most was The Intruder.

My rating on Goodreads: 4 of 5 stars

6 comments:

  1. Hi Pradeep - this looks very interesting ... and short stories are easy to read and good fireside tales with a cup of tea. Thanks for letting us know. I recently saw a play 'Outside Mullingar' by John Patrick Shanley ... he wrote it about his family farm ... while writing about love and hope ... it was quite delightful.

    Cheers - good to read about Nora's Escape and other tales - I'll remember it - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, Thanks for your comments. I should look up Outside Mullingar. Yes, I too like short stories, they are easy to read.

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  2. Sounds good. Short stories are nice every so often.

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    1. Thanks Liz. Indeed short stories are easy to read too.

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  3. Thanks Pradeep for a wonderful review.

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