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LA SOLITARIA PASIÓN DE JUDITH HEARNE (original 1955; edição 1955)

por Brian Moore

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A timeless classic dealing with the complexity and hardships of relationships, addiction and faith. Judith Hearne, a Catholic middle-aged spinster, moves into yet another bed-sit in Belfast. A socially isolated woman of modest means, she teaches piano to a handful of students to pass the day. Her only social activity is tea with the O'Neill family, who secretly dread her weekly visits. Judith soon meets wealthy James Madden and fantasises about marrying this lively, debonair man. But Madden sees her in an entirely different light, as a potential investor in a business proposal. On realising that her feelings are not reciprocated, she turns to an old addiction - alcohol. Having confessed her problems to an indifferent priest, she soon loses her faith and binges further. She wonders what place there is for her in a world that so values family ties and faith, both of which she is without.… (mais)
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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne por Brian Moore (1955)

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    pdebolt: Judith's loneliness is similar to Laura's, and her attempts to "gentrify" her life are similar to the life portrayed by Amanda. There is a pervasive sadness to both books.
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This was a fabulous read: set in a grim Belfast boarding house in the 1950s, where new arrival Miss Hearne strives to appear genteel, while barely having enough to eat. Plain, on the shelf and alone, with little chance of an income, she yearns for love and strives to keep her Catholic faith ...and avoid the demon drink. But into the story comes her landlady's brother, just returned from the US..
Such a sad, hopeless tale; the almost hysterical stream-of-consciousness passages, relating the inner thoughts of someone on the edge of a breakdowm, recalled Jean Rhys' superb "Good Morning, Midnight."
Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote starbox | Jun 16, 2021 |
Reminiscent of the grim stories in James Joyce's Dubliners, but set in the postwar era in Belfast, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is the story of a bleak life unravelling. Judith Hearne is in her forties, and alone. When the novel opens Judith's aunt has just died leaving her homeless, so she has moved into one of those dreary boarding houses that provided shelter but not much else. She is in straightened circumstances. She gave up her job to care for this aunt through the terminal stages of dementia for many years, and, based on what her aunt had said, had reasonable expectations that provision had been made for her.
Her aunt D'Arcy had never discussed money. A lady does not discuss her private affairs, she used to say. And the D'Arcys never had to look where their next penny was coming from. There had been the house on the Lisburn Road. She had thought that would fetch quite a bit. And then her aunt had said that Judy wouldn't have to worry, there would be plenty until the right man came along and even if he didn't. That was a long time ago, she said that. Ten years. More, thirteen, if I'm to be honest about it, Miss Hearne thought. First, there was the mortgage on the house. And then the money we owed Dan Breen. And the annuity she left me, it was small then, and nobody in the whole length and breadth of Ireland could on a hundred pounds a year nowadays. (p.37)
All that stands between Judith and abject penury is an annuity of £100 a year, and a small income from teaching piano.

Mrs Henry Rice is a poor host. Although she cooks splendid breakfasts for her grotesque son Bernie, breakfast for her boarders consists only of toast and tea, with kippers at the weekend. Judith has to buy her other meals and to make ends meet, she is often hungry. The highlight of her week is a lavish afternoon tea with the O'Neills on Sundays, which also provides Judith with the illusion that she has a family of sorts. The novel is written from varying points of view, and so the reader soon learns that the O'Neills dread her visits. Mr O'Neill abandons the warmth of the sitting-room to 'work', Una finds study that has to be done, and while little Kathleen is too little to mind much, Shaun has to be commanded to stay and be polite by his mother (for whom this weekly penance is a Good Deed.)

Into these grim routines bursts James Patrick Madden, fresh from America and boastful of his exploits. The brother of Mrs Henry Rice, he has come home from an artfully concealed unedifying career because he's had a bit of luck with compensation for an injury. While his bragging exasperates the other members of this motley household, Judith is fascinated, and he, not realising the extent to which she is hiding her difficulties, senses an opportunity to lure a potential partner into his investment plans. She, not realising that he was only a doorman at the hotel business he says he's in, starts to believe that the relationship she has yearned for, is about to blossom. Her fantasies are excruciating:
But when the big trunks were opened and their trays were laid out on the bed, Miss Hearne knelt in silence on the floor, abstracted, her hands idle, her mind filled with what had happened that morning. He had been so glad to talk to her. And he had looked so big and stern and manly, hammering his fist on the table while he laid down the law to her. A big handsome man with that strange American voice.

He came into the room, late at night, tired after a day at work in his hotel. He took off his jacket and hung it up. He put his dressing-gown on and sat down in his armchair and she went to him prettily, sat on his knee while he told her how things had gone that day. And he kissed her. Or, enraged about some silly thing she had done, he struck out with his great fist and sent her reeling, the brute. But, contrite afterwards, he sank to his knees and begged forgiveness.

Judy Hearne, she said, you've got to stop right this minute. Imagine romancing about every man that comes along. (p.33)
Her desperation is such that her 'romancing' includes tolerating domestic violence, alongside fantasies about Mr and Mrs James Madden sailing from Southampton in the Queen Mary with a honeymoon at Niagara Falls.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2021/05/06/the-lonely-passion-of-judith-hearne-by-brian... ( )
  anzlitlovers | May 6, 2021 |
I loved this sad book about a 40 something spinster in 1950s Ireland trying desperately to find a place in the world. Judith Hearne was tied to an ill, controlling aunt through her 20s and missed her chance at marriage. Her lack of money and plain looks don't help either. What begins as a Barbara Pym-type story about a nice, lonely, poor, Catholic woman deteriorates to more desperate events as the reader learns more about what all this loneliness has led Judy to.

The author doesn't sugar coat anything and leaves the ending as it realistically would be. I thought this was a brilliant look at the limited options for a middle aged woman without family or funds in this time period. Despite the sadness, I loved this book and rooted for Judy Hearne with all of her faults.

A great find and highly recommended.

Original publication date: 1955
Author’s nationality: British/Northern Ireland (another one of these, correct me if I'm wrong!!)
Original language: English
Length: 223 pages
Rating: 5 stars
Format/where I acquired the book: purchased nyrb
Why I read this: bought for a litsy group read ages ago and finally getting to it ( )
  japaul22 | Nov 30, 2020 |
This is a sad story of an Irish woman of the early 20th century who is let down by every element of society: the church and its priests, men, friends, the medical system. First published in 1955, I suspect it would have been a radical condemnation of traditional Irish society at that time. It's interesting to compare to Sally Rooney's popular 21st century depiction of Irish society and see that although many things have changed (notably the role of the church), women still have a long way to go to genuine equality. ( )
  oldblack | Jun 5, 2019 |
This book is utterly ridiculous..... ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
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A timeless classic dealing with the complexity and hardships of relationships, addiction and faith. Judith Hearne, a Catholic middle-aged spinster, moves into yet another bed-sit in Belfast. A socially isolated woman of modest means, she teaches piano to a handful of students to pass the day. Her only social activity is tea with the O'Neill family, who secretly dread her weekly visits. Judith soon meets wealthy James Madden and fantasises about marrying this lively, debonair man. But Madden sees her in an entirely different light, as a potential investor in a business proposal. On realising that her feelings are not reciprocated, she turns to an old addiction - alcohol. Having confessed her problems to an indifferent priest, she soon loses her faith and binges further. She wonders what place there is for her in a world that so values family ties and faith, both of which she is without.

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