Edna O'Brien - The Light of Evening (2nd Hand Hardback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket.
- Condition : As New
- Category : Fiction - Families & Sagas
- Published : 2006 (Orion/W&N - 1st Ed.)
- ISBN : 9780297851332
- SKU : B001399
- PPC : SP490gm
- RRP : £14.99 (Unclipped)
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Brimming with the lyricism and earthy insight that are the hallmarks of Edna O'Brien's acclaimed fiction, The Light of Evening is a novel of dreams and attachments, lamentations and betrayals. At its core is the realisation that the bond between mother and child is unbreakable, stronger even than death.
From her hospital bed in Dublin, the elderly Dilly awaits the visit of her daughter, Eleanora, from London. The epochs of her life life pass before her; emigrating to America in the 1920's, a romantic liaison she had there, the destiny that brought her back to Ireland, and her marriage into the stately Rusheen.
She also retraces Eleanora's precipitate marriage to a foreigner, which alienated mother and daughter even more, and Dilly's heart-rending letters sent over the years in a determination to reclaim her daughter.
Eleanora's visit does not prove to be the glad reunion that it might have been and, in her sudden departure, she leaves behind the secret journal of their stormy relationship, a revelation which brings the novel to a shocking close.
"The prose is lyrical, evocative and loaded with deep, conflicting emotions that play out in bittersweet tones. The Light of Evening is not an easy read, and definitely not summertime beach fodder. It's the kind of novel that you savour, like sipping 20 year old tawny port." - Goodreads Review.
1st Edition with "As read on BBC Radio 4" sticker.
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