Star of the Sea: Farewell to Old Ireland

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Vintage, 2003 - 410 pagina's
Thrilling and full of suspense, this is a novel of Ireland set on a New York-bound ocean liner.
In the spring of 1847, from an Ireland torn by disaster and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of hopeful emigrants, some brimming with optimism, many more desperate to get away and start afresh in the New World. Among them are a maidservant nursing a devastating secret; the bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family; an aspiring novelist; a writer of revolutionary ballads -- all braving the Atlantic in search of a new beginning. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. Also stalking the decks is a killer, hungry for the vengeance that alone will bring absolution.
The voyage of almost four weeks will see some lives end and others begin anew, and so much time to reflect on the life left behind; passionate loves tenderly recalled, ducked responsibilities now regretted, the shocking realization of a deep relationship where once it seemed there was nothing. In this spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seemed moored to a past which will not let them go. This is a novel that is both urgently contemporary in its preoccupations, and historically revealing. It is a gripping and compassionate tale, building with the pace of a thriller to an unforgettable conclusion.

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Picked for my reading group and I really didn't think I'd like it. But I did. The writing is very dense and certainly at first I was needing a dictionary at times to look up words. But I was never ... Volledige review lezen

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The Star of the Sea coffin ship leaving Ireland with hundreds of famine refugees along with a few passengers in upper class is the main setting for this story. Lord Meredith along with his wife, Laura ... Volledige review lezen

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Joseph O Connor was born in Dublin. He has written ten widely acclaimed and best-selling books including the novels Cowboys and Indians, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, Desperadoes, The Salesman, and most recently Inishowen. His work has been published in eighteen languages.

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