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Joseph O'Connor (1) (1963–)

Autor(a) de Star of the Sea

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Obras por Joseph O'Connor

Star of the Sea (2002) 1,939 exemplares
Redemption Falls (2007) 448 exemplares
Yeats Is Dead! (2001) — Editor — 410 exemplares
Ghost Light (2010) 335 exemplares
The Salesman (1998) 247 exemplares
Shadowplay (2019) 205 exemplares
Inishowen (2000) 202 exemplares
Desperadoes (1994) 141 exemplares
My Father's House (2023) 137 exemplares
Cowboys and Indians (1991) 118 exemplares
The Secret World of the Irish Male (1994) 116 exemplares
The Thrill of it All (1873) 76 exemplares
True Believers (1992) 71 exemplares
The Irish Male at Home and Abroad (1996) 50 exemplares
Where Have You Been? (2012) 41 exemplares
The Last of the Irish Males (2001) 40 exemplares
The Comedian (2000) 35 exemplares
New Irish Short Stories (2011) — Editor — 21 exemplares
The Norwayman (1949) 7 exemplares
Orchard Street, Dawn (2012) 7 exemplares
Even the Olives Are Bleeding (1992) 7 exemplares
Red Roses and Petrol (1995) 7 exemplares
The Shorter Irish Male (2011) 1 exemplar
Back Roads 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Finbar's Hotel (1997) — Contribuidor — 319 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contribuidor — 149 exemplares
The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing (2000) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Comic Writing (1996) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Beyond the Centre: Writers in Their Own Words (2016) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Dog Days and other stories (1997) — Introdução — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



I see the attraction of a novel based around the relationship between Henry Irving and Bram Stoker (and to a lesser extent) Ellen Terry. Whether it is more interesting than fact is debatable. I found what O’Connor decides to do with the story fitfully interesting, frequently irritating and the balance and structure of the book is extremely odd, not least the interminable Epilogue. It feels like a missed opportunity following an originally good idea.
djh_1962 | 10 outras críticas | Jan 7, 2024 |
(61) I enjoyed this loan from another reader - one of two of O'Connor's novels she loaned me. (The other being "Star of the Sea," which I think I liked a bit better than this one) This novel was based on a true story, set during the Nazi occupation of Rome. Vatican City remained neutral, yet there were people living in the Vatican, namely the priest Hugh O' Flaherty, in this novel, who help escaped Allied prisoners hide and find their way to freedom. Through a network of spies the group plans a big money drop for Christmas Eve just as the Commandant of Rome is closing in on their network. The author does a good job with suspense and the end of the book when the mission is taking place was gripping.

The descriptions of Rome, and St Peter's, and the Vatican museum resonated with me having just visited again this past year. I like all the Catholic religiosity, the Latin, the incense, the medieval feel of things - the antiquity and the creepiness is probably my favorite part of the religion. That being said, while some of the author's lyricism was beautiful, some of it felt contrived. At times he veered in to Joycean reveries that were a bit much. I don't recall as much of that in the previous book of his I read. His prose is decent, he doesn't need to add poetic flourishes.

Sometimes when basing a novel on a true story, you are limited by the facts. In this case Father Hugh turned into a rather ordinary man and the ending was a bit of a let down. But overall, an entertaining read. I would definitely read more from O'Connor.
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jhowell | 7 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
I have to admit that DNF this book; not because it was a badly written story, but because the movie 'The Scarlet and the Black' kept intruding into my reading. They both use the same true events as their basis but, at some point the too became overlapped in my reading, so I had to lay this book aside.

If you haven't seen the movie, and you enjoy this genre, I'm sure you'll be turning the pages until the end.
Melline | 7 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2023 |



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