The Love Object

The Love Object

Selected Stories

Book - 2013
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The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover. The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins.
Publisher: ©2013
[New York] :, Little Brown & Co,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780316378260
Characteristics: xii, 528 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Irish revel
The Connor girls
Tough men
A scandalous woman
The rug
The creature
The soll
Sister Imelda
A rose in the heart of New York
The love object
Number ten
Mrs. Reinhardt
The mouth of the cave
Green Georgette
Oft in the stilly night
What a sky
Brother
The widow
Storm
Long distance
Paradise
Lantern slides
Shovel kings
Madame Cassandra
Plunder
My two mothers
Manhattan medley
Inner cowboy
Black flower
Send my roots rain
Old wounds
Summary: The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover. The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins.

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marthabelle
Dec 09, 2015

The stories in this book are so insightful, so perfectly worded, and present such a vivid picture of Ireland in the 20th century that I wouldn't recommend reading the whole book at once. It's hefty in terms of length, and deserves to be lingered over -- I read about a third of it before I had to return it, and will be checking it out again in the future, rather than rushing through this beautiful book. Edna O'Brien is an amazing writer, and these are short stories at their absolute best.

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santiano9
Sep 03, 2015

Excellent excellent excellent. A master of the short story and close to Alice Munro - high praise! Really captures women's lives and emotions and everyday life.

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