Tara Road (pc)

by Maeve Binchy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0440235596 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tho on 8/14/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by tho on Thursday, August 14, 2003
Another great book by Maeve Binchy - I was bit sorry for Ria while reading the book, as it was obvious that (some) people were taking advantage of her, but the way she manages to turn her life around is just amazing :-)

Amazon.com Oprah Book Club(r) Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy." But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams--some broken, others created anew. Maeve Binchy has long proved herself a secure hand at multiple story lines, and over the course of 500 satisfying pages she focuses on Ria; her best friend, Rosemary Ryan, a beautiful, endlessly selfish career woman; Gertie, the battered wife of a drunkard; and several other intriguing women, each of whom has secrets not to be shared. There is even an all-knowing fortune teller who early on hints that Ria will travel and start a successful business--two things she knows are definitely not in the offing. Yet after our supposedly happy housewife and mother of two is confronted by some inexorable home truths, a chance phone call from America will change her life, forcing her to discard her illusions about men, women and marriage and start all over again. At the same time, the Connecticut caller, Marilyn Vine, has her own lessons to learn when she and Ria swap houses for the summer. Yet there's nothing remotely preachy about this novel--even the bad guys (and yes, they're usually guys) and beautiful mistresses get to maintain some appeal. Instead, Tara Road is a stirring look at the reality behind our consuming fantasies, and a page-turner to boot.

Journal Entry 2 by Elsita from Almada, Setúbal Portugal on Friday, May 06, 2005
I got this book after a marvelous indian dinner!
Thanks, tho!

Journal Entry 3 by Elsita from Almada, Setúbal Portugal on Saturday, September 17, 2005
As always, a great story about irish people...their troubles, loves and hates.

Thanks for the loan, dear tho!

(picture of Trinity College, Dublin)

Journal Entry 4 by tho on Thursday, October 19, 2006
está de volta comigo já há algum tempo ...

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