The Story of Lucy Gault

by William Trevor | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014200331x Global Overview for this book
Registered by dancing-dog of Cordova, Tennessee USA on 7/30/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The tale of a young girl whose Protestant family is driven from its rural Irish home in 1921. 8 yr-old Lucy is in love w/ Lahardane: the old house itself, the woods, the nearby beach, the shells & fir cones & sticks that she collected like treasure. The day before her family is scheduled to flee Ireland, leaving the house & furnishings in the care of trusted servants, Lucy runs away. Her parents, finding a scrap of her clothing on the beach, assume the worst. Days later, they leave Lahardane, choosing not to settle in England, as they had planned, but to roam Europe in their grief, leaving no forwarding address. But Lucy has not killed herself; she's only broken her leg in the woods. Eventually she makes it back to the house to find her parents gone. She spends her childhood waiting to be forgiven for her wicked act, postponing all happiness until she can be reunited w/ her mother & father.

Journal Entry 2 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I thought this was a very well-written story, and very deep-feeling without outrightly saying so. A theme of forgiveness dominates - forgiving yourself as well as others. I understood Lucy, in a way, and the book made me think.

Journal Entry 3 by dancing-dog from Cordova, Tennessee USA on Monday, October 08, 2007
This book is on it's way to someone for their birthday.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 09, 2007
I was very lucky this year for my birthday, as I had dancing-dog send me a fabulous package with lots of fun goodies in it! This was one of the books she sent me, and it's a wishlist book!! Thanks so much for making my birthday extra special! :)

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 06, 2008
One single event changes the lives of many characters in this novel forever. The Gaults live in Ireland, although Heloise Gault is a British native. The novel takes place in 1921, which is when the Irish don't think too kindly of the British (though most would argue that to this day they still don't!). Everard Gault is woken one night, after having his guard dogs poisoned, to find 3 strangers on his property attempting to burn his house down. The single shot that he fires sets into motion very tragic events. The shot hits one of the three people, and though it doesn't kill the man, it permanently injures him. After this, the Gaults decide to leave Ireland and take their child, Lucy, with them.

Lucy doesn't much like this plan though. She loves her home and decides to run away so her parents cannot leave. However, she breaks her ankle and gets stuck in the forest where no one can find her. Meanwhile, her parents find some of Lucy's clothing on the strand where she enjoys to swim, and conclude that Lucy has drown. The Gaults are so grief stricken that they leave Ireland and become nomads, moving around Europe. This part of the book was a bit unbelievable. Would parents really assume their child has drown after finding clothes near the sea? Would they not wait for a while for any other traces of their child?

The Gaults pay their housekeepers, who although are secondary characters, are the warmest, most interesting characters in the novel, to keep up their house in case they ever decide to return to Ireland. During this upkeep, Henry finds Lucy, who is close to death from having not eaten for a long time. Since the Gaults left so quickly, and are continuously traveling around Europe, it is impossible to find them to send word.

This novel is about grief, loss, and acceptance. All of the main characters are so stricken with grief that they cannot function. Lucy turns away any chances at happiness because she feels that she should not be forgiven for running away. While it is a very well written novel and it brings you into the story quickly, the ending is a bit of a disappointment. The novel gets slower and slower and then just ends without a climax. Which is kind of sad, because it has potential to be an amazing story.

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 13, 2008
Sent off today to my birthday partner!

Journal Entry 7 by luckaye from Crestmead, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thank you for this book, along with a fantastic birthday package!

Journal Entry 8 by luckaye from Crestmead, Queensland Australia on Thursday, May 28, 2009
A very well written but tragic tale.

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