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SUMMARY ↠ Nora Webster õ Ambientado na Irlanda este romance apresenta a formidável Nora Webster Viúva aos uarenta anos com uatro filhos e pouco dinheiro Nora perdeu o amor de sua vida Maurice o homem ue a resgatou do mundo acanhado em ue foi criada E agora ela teme ser arrastada de volta para esse universo Ferida determinada inclinada à discrição numaAmbientado na Irlanda este romance apresenta a formidável Nora Webster Viúva aos uarenta anos com uatro filhos e pouco dinheiro Nora perdeu o amor de sua vida Maurice o homem ue a resgatou do mundo acanhado em ue foi criada E agora ela teme ser a. Most of us lead lives of uiet desperation knocked about every so often by rude shocks or lifted up by brief brilliant joys But our uotidian troubles and triumphs rarely create ripples beyond our own little pondsAs readers we often gravitate toward lives played out on a grander scale—adventures dalliances crimes and misdemeanors far colorful than our own But reader if you haven’t experienced the transcendent storytelling of Ireland’s Colm Tóibín you may not know what it’s like to feel the earth tilt with the most subtle of emotional tremors The story unfolds in rural County Wexford in 1969 Nora Webster mother of four is mourning the recent death of her husband Maurice She hasn’t worked outside the home in twenty five years has neither savings nor higher education and cannot look to extended family to support her her two daughters pursuing University or the two boys still at home The outlook is grimShe cherished her husband and her anguish though closely guarded is breathtaking But grief has coated Nora’s emotions with a thin sheen of ice She longs to escape the endless parade of neighborhood mourners to simply be left in peace She regards her young sons Donal and Conor with a clinician’s distance and her older daughters Aine and Fiona with cautious exasperation It occurs to her belatedly that she did not once visit or call the boys in the two months they stayed with an aunt while she remained at Maurice’s bedside She accepts her neglect as a fact but her remorse is slow to come Nora’s reawakening is the found treasure in this elegant softly spiritual story Tóibín writes without judgment His Nora is fierce stronger than she has any idea of or experience with but it takes her time to figure out how to straighten her formidable backbone She also must learn how to accept and adapt to others’ grief namely that of her children for she is a jealous guardian of her husband’s memory and love There are so many rich moments that show a woman coming into her own the book’s opening scenes when Nora decides to sell the family’s modest summer home; the simple acts of having her hair done in a new style purchasing a hi fi or deciding to update the “back room” where the family spends most of its time Nora deftly steers her way through office politics using her connections and the sympathy her husband’s death elicits to secure her position at the largest business in town and she rediscovers her singing voice which makes a lovely metaphor for the discovery of her voice as a grown independent woman Her response to Donal’s meltdown when he is denied access to a television to watch the moon landing her decision not to rescue him from the boarding school where he is so miserable and her grudging respect for her daughters show a mother relearning compassion There are cultural touchstones that keep the reader grounded in place and time reminding us that just as Nora is awakening to her independence and power so too is Ireland wrestling with its political and cultural boundaries The Troubles of early 1970s Ireland where violence erupts across the border and closer to home arrive on the Webster’s doorstep in ways you don’t expect from this portrayal of anonymous domestic life Nora Webster caused me to reflect on another Nora who entered my literary life this year Nora Eldridge from Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs What emotional bookends they make to my reading year one Nora driven by lust and longing into a state of rage and self loathing; the other slowly awakening to her own keen possibilities Both Noras are compelling their stories crafted by superb writers And each is a reminder that the uiet lives the secret lives are often the most astonishing of all I recall what Tóibín said about his writing after the publication of his last novel The Testament of Mary He stated that he writes the silence; the space between words God but I love that For Tóibín is a master of the uiet dramas that unfold in kitchens and bedrooms in back offices in church naves and cafés He takes the ordinary and with sublime writing and rich characters changes our way of perceiving the world

Nora WebsterAmbientado na Irlanda este romance apresenta a formidável Nora Webster Viúva aos uarenta anos com uatro filhos e pouco dinheiro Nora perdeu o amor de sua vida Maurice o homem ue a resgatou do mundo acanhado em ue foi criada E agora ela teme ser a. Most of us lead lives of uiet desperation knocked about every so often by rude shocks or lifted up by brief brilliant joys But our uotidian troubles and triumphs rarely create ripples beyond our own little pondsAs readers we often gravitate toward lives played out on a grander scale—adventures dalliances crimes and misdemeanors far colorful than our own But reader if you haven’t experienced the transcendent storytelling of Ireland’s Colm Tóibín you may not know what it’s like to feel the earth tilt with the most subtle of emotional tremors The story unfolds in rural County Wexford in 1969 Nora Webster mother of four is mourning the recent death of her husband Maurice She hasn’t worked outside the home in twenty five years has neither savings nor higher education and cannot look to extended family to support her her two daughters pursuing University or the two boys still at home The outlook is grimShe cherished her husband and her anguish though closely guarded is breathtaking But grief has coated Nora’s emotions with a thin sheen of ice She longs to escape the endless parade of neighborhood mourners to simply be left in peace She regards her young sons Donal and Conor with a clinician’s distance and her older daughters Aine and Fiona with cautious exasperation It occurs to her belatedly that she did not once visit or call the boys in the two months they stayed with an aunt while she remained at Maurice’s bedside She accepts her neglect as a fact but her remorse is slow to come Nora’s reawakening is the found treasure in this elegant softly spiritual story Tóibín writes without judgment His Nora is fierce stronger than she has any idea of or experience with but it takes her time to figure out how to straighten her formidable backbone She also must learn how to accept and adapt to others’ grief namely that of her children for she is a jealous guardian of her husband’s memory and love There are so many rich moments that show a woman coming into her own the book’s opening scenes when Nora decides to sell the family’s modest summer home; the simple acts of having her hair done in a new style purchasing a hi fi or deciding to update the “back room” where the family spends most of its time Nora deftly steers her way through office politics using her connections and the sympathy her husband’s death elicits to secure her position at the largest business in town and she rediscovers her singing voice which makes a lovely metaphor for the discovery of her voice as a grown independent woman Her response to Donal’s meltdown when he is denied access to a television to watch the moon landing her decision not to rescue him from the boarding school where he is so miserable and her grudging respect for her daughters show a mother relearning compassion There are cultural touchstones that keep the reader grounded in place and time reminding us that just as Nora is awakening to her independence and power so too is Ireland wrestling with its political and cultural boundaries The Troubles of early 1970s Ireland where violence erupts across the border and closer to home arrive on the Webster’s doorstep in ways you don’t expect from this portrayal of anonymous domestic life Nora Webster caused me to reflect on another Nora who entered my literary life this year Nora Eldridge from Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs What emotional bookends they make to my reading year one Nora driven by lust and longing into a state of rage and self loathing; the other slowly awakening to her own keen possibilities Both Noras are compelling their stories crafted by superb writers And each is a reminder that the uiet lives the secret lives are often the most astonishing of all I recall what Tóibín said about his writing after the publication of his last novel The Testament of Mary He stated that he writes the silence; the space between words God but I love that For Tóibín is a master of the uiet dramas that unfold in kitchens and bedrooms in back offices in church naves and cafés He takes the ordinary and with sublime writing and rich characters changes our way of perceiving the world

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Nora Webster × Ssionante empatia e bondade e uando volta a cantar depois de décadas encontra um consolo uma causa um porto seguro – ela mesma Nora Webster é uma obra prima de construção de personagem e ponto máximo na obra de um escritor no auge da carreir. I wanted to like Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín but in the end I was left disappointed by the book This was one of those books that from the start I never got into Disconnected would be the word I would use to describe my feelings on the story I was reading the story but I never felt anything towards it The end result was the complete opposite of what I was expecting from the book when I read its synopsisI wanted to feel something for the title character Nora Webster I was looking to read her life after the death of her husband Maurice and how it impacted her both as a widow and a single mother of two young boys Donal and Conor As it was I didn’t get the sense of where she was mentally and emotionally The story was missing the heart emotions To me the story was just telling us what Nora was doing in terms of the day to day errands I didn’t get a feel of her as a person as wife a widow and mother In fact I was surprised at how hands off and at times even ambivalent she was towards her sons I think that just encompassed my issue with the book is the disconnect and the flatness of the story There wasn’t anything regarding the characters and the story that grabbed me Perhaps there was something there with Donal that could’ve been touched upon with his stuttering possible cause or trigger mechansim his love of photography although it did focus some time on it but it was from the perspective of Nora which didn’t lend any intrigue to the matter and his and Conor’s distance with their mother Unfortunately it didn’t go into too much detail which I felt could’ve added some depth and interst in the story As I was reading the book I kept hoping that some switch will turn on and the story will be infused with some passion or some sort of spark that will liven up the reading Unfortunately this didn’t happen and by the time the last few pages were coming up I was hurriedly reading through to get to the endPerhaps the fact that the story took place in Ireland during the ‘60s may have affected how the characters and story were perceived by me It could be that I just didn’t understand how things were back then there and therefore is the reason why I feel the way I do about the book Either way in the end I didn’t enjoy the book The writing was good but the story as whole didn’t make me feel anything Received Advance Reader's Edition from Goodreads First Reads giveaway CHARACTERS à RANDARENEWABLES.CO.UK ↠ Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín ↠ 1 SUMMARY

Colm Tóibín ↠ 1 SUMMARY Rrastada de volta para esse universo Ferida determinada inclinada à discrição numa comunidade onde todos uerem saber da vida de todos Nora afunda na própria dor e fecha os olhos ao sofrimento dos filhos Mas ainda assim ela tem momentos de impre. I don't know how he does it The sentences are deceptively plain and at first the novel feels almost colorless odorless mute If you tried to explain the plot to someone and you said It's about an Irish woman with four children whose husband dies while she's in her 40's and you said that she didn't meet anyone or fall in love again and there's no adultery no startling revelation no reversal no trip to India or the Appalachian trail or the Outback the book might sound as if it has nothing to reveal And yet it reveals the complex inner world of Nora Webster Like the novels of Alice McDermott this book illuminates the life lived in obligation to others It examines what happens when you stay when you work things out with people who have known you since you were a child and have varying degrees of faith in you The most moving passages are those that describe Nora's transformative love of music which is her only selfish passion it says a lot about Nora's life that taking singing lessons and buying classical music records are acts of rebellion and the slow agonizing steps her oldest son Donal takes toward independence Not colorless but shimmering and profound like the sea on a cloudy day