In the Forest

by Edna O'Brien | Children's Books |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by MissBagpuss of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on 2/17/2004
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by MissBagpuss from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 17, 2004
"a spare, compelling and passionate novel... haunting, instinctive and shocking"

only rarely does a book manage to live up to the blurb on the back cover. this one exceeds it. the story follows the abduction of a young single mother and her child in rural ireland by a local youth recently released from years of abuse in the british penal system. told from the various points of view of all those involved, the victims, the young man, his grandmother, the local priest, the village policeman, and all those who come into contact with the event, the beauty of this book is it's ability to refuse to take sides yet at the same time to avoid glamourising the crime in any way. although the subject matter is at times brutal, the language remains beautiful and simplistic, a contrast which adds to the power of the novel.

this is a compelling book which leaves you to make up your own mind. very highly recommended.


Journal Entry 2 by MissBagpuss at Bookrelay in Bookrelay, Bookrelay -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 15, 2004
Release planned for Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at Bookrelay in Bookrelay, Bookrelay Controlled Releases.

bookrelay to dianeO

Journal Entry 3 by DianeO from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 19, 2004
Received today - thanks! This looks really interesting, so am hoping to read it soon.

Journal Entry 4 by DianeO from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Currently reading - it's number 31 on the "1001 books to read before you die".

Journal Entry 5 by DianeO from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 02, 2006
The fascinating story of an adolescent, locked up in juvenile homes, boarding schools, prisons and other institutions, abused by a priest, neglected, ignored, and locking himself off against the outside world in response. This novel should re-establish O'Brien as one of the best writers of this generation, and deserves the highest recommendation.

Journal Entry 6 by kzel from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Friday, March 24, 2006
Received yesterday (24/03/06) as part of book relay. Looks really interesting, but I have a few books to read ahead of it. Will hopefully get to it in the not to distant future.

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