Fools of Fortune

Fools of Fortune

eBook - 2006
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Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor-"Ireland's answer to Chekhov" (The Boston Globe) and "one of the best writers of our era" (The Washington Post)-to our distinguished list of literary masters. In this award-winning novel, an informer's body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the First World War, and an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans set fire to the family home, and only young Willie and his mother escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother's bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind. - First time in Penguin Classics - Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781101667217
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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Jun 14, 2012

A wonderful book. It tells the story of two families who intermarry; each with an old house - one in County Cork and one in Dorset. The parents, although Protestant, support Home Rule. Their house is burned by the Black and Tans and the father and daughters are killed. Trevor is a great author and this is one of his better books.

Jan 16, 2012

William Trevor considers himself primarily a story-writer, not a novelist, but with this novel he sure puts the kibosh on that claim.
Let him lull you with his consummate style, which never calls attention to itself but is clean and economical and straightforward, yet magical. But if you begin to think that's all this book has to offer, wait until about the mid-point, where the plot gently begins to thicken. I'm approaching the end, and have now taken to reading a very few pages a day, and magazine articles in between, so as to prolong the moment when he unravels the plot, and the sad day when I get to the last page of 'Fools of Fortune.'
I may edit this then, though I can already say with assurance that this book is very well worth reading -- like every other thing I've read by Trevor.


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