The Country Girls Trilogy

The Country Girls; The Lonely Girl; Girls in their Married Bliss

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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Edna O'Brien's first novel The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in their Married Bliss changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s. The characters of Kate Brady and her friend Baba Brennan have inspired generation after generation of readers and writers, as we see them struggling against the confines of a rural Irish convent school; revelling in the bright lights of Dublin; and weathering the unexpected challenges of married life in London. The passion, artistry, and courage of Edna O'Brien's vision in these novels - tender portraits of innocence and youth, love and passion, dreams and reality - resonate into the twenty-first century, and are illuminated by Eimear McBride's new foreword.

The Country Girls: Three Novels and an Epilogue

(The Country Girl; The Lonely Girl; Girls in Their Married Bliss; Epilogue)

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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A treasure of world literature back in print, featuring a new introduction by Eimear McBride The country girls are Caithleen “Kate” Brady and Bridget “Baba” Brennan, and their story begins in the repressive atmosphere of a small village in the west of Ireland in the years following World War II. Kate is a romantic, looking for love; Baba is a survivor. Setting out to conquer the bright lights of Dublin, they are rewarded with comical miscommunications, furtive liaisons, bad faith, bad luck, bad sex, and compromise; marrying for the wrong reasons, betraying for the wrong reasons, fighting in their separate ways against the overwhelming wave of expectations forced upon "girls" of every era. The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue charts unflinchingly the pattern of women’s lives, from the high spirits of youth to the chill of middle age, from hope to despair, in remarkable prose swinging from blunt and brutal to whimsical and lyrical. It is a saga both painful and hilarious, and remains one of the major accomplishments of Edna O’Brien’s extraordinary career. This omnibus edition includes the novels The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss.

The country girls

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 242

View: 603

Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spend their childhood together, leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the city. Kate is dreamy and romantic and yearning for love, while Baba just wants to experience life as a single woman. Although they set out together, their lives take unexpected turns with each learning to find her own way.

Country Girls Trilogy * One City

Author: E. O'BRIEN

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 704

View: 623

Edna O'Brien's first novel The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in their Married Bliss changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s. The characters of Kate Brady and her friend Baba Brennan have inspired generation after generation of readers and writers, as we see them struggling against the confines of a rural Irish convent school; revelling in the bright lights of Dublin; and weathering the unexpected challenges of married life in London. The passion, artistry, and courage of Edna O'Brien's vision in these novels - tender portraits of innocence and youth, love and passion, dreams and reality - resonate into the twenty-first century, and are illuminated by Eimear McBride's new foreword.

Country Girls

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 752

Edna O'Brien's wonderful, wild and moving novel shocked the nation on its publication in 1960. Adapted for the stage by the author, The Country Girls, the play, is a highly theatrical and free-flowing telling of this classic coming of age story.

Girl With Green Eyes

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 348

A classic title in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls Trilogy - the second volume From eccentric Joanna's boarding house, predatory Baba roams Dublin looking for men to give her a good time - and dragging with her a reluctant Cait, worrying about her figure and wanting to talk about books. Then she meets dark, long-faced Eugene Gaillard, a film director, and for a while Cait's romantic dreams seem to be fulfilled. But Eugene Gaillard is a Protestant divorcé, and when Cait's drunkard father gets to hear of it, he summons a lynch mob¿ Steering expertly between high romance, outright farce and the blend of them that is reality, Girl with Green Eyes is an original and joyful story of the gateway to adulthood.

Wild Colonial Girl

Essays on Edna O'Brien

Author: Lisa Colletta

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

View: 867

Since the 1960 publication of her first novel, The Country Girls, award-winning Irish writer Edna O'Brien has been both celebrated and maligned. Praised for her lyrical prose and vivid female characters and attacked for her frank treatment of sexuality and alleged sensationalism, O'Brien and her work seem always to spawn controversy, including the past banning in Ireland of several of her works. O'Brien's attention to "women's" concerns such as sex, romance, marriage, and childbirth has often relegated her to critical neglect at best and, at worst, outright contempt. This essay collection promises to be a long overdue critical reevaluation and exciting rediscovery of her oeuvre. Wild Colonial Girl situates O'Brien in Irish contexts that allow for an appraisal of her significant contribution to a specifically Irish women's literary tradition while attesting to the potency of writing against patriarchal conventions. Each chapter's clear and detailed readings of O'Brien's fiction build a convincing case for her literary, political, and cultural importance, providing an invaluable critical guide for an enriched appreciation of O'Brien and her work.

Edna O'Brien

Author: Amanda Greenwood

Publisher: Northcote House Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 137

View: 239

This study examines Edna O'Brien's representations of women in Ireland and beyond, focusing on issues of 'femininity', 'masculinity' and 'Irishness' through close readings of her novels from 1960 with publication of her debut novel, The Country Girls, to the present.

Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc

Publisher: Merriam-Webster

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 1236

View: 503

"A rich source of information about the world's finest literature. Over 10,000 entries and 250 illustrations covering authors, works, and literary terms and topics from all eras and all parts of the world. Includes pronunciations."

Girls in their Married Bliss

Author: Edna O'Brien

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 547

A classic title in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls Trilogy - the third volume Kate and Baba are in London, playing out the tragicomedy of their married lives to its surprisingly level-headed conclusion. Kate, feeling trapped in her grey stone house with her increasingly cold husband, tearfully looks for her dreams of romance elsewhere. And when Eugene takes terrible, implacable revenge, she naturally turns to her brazen friend Baba for help. But Baba, the bored trophy wife of builder Frank, vulgarly flashing his wealth and ignorance to the world, has her own problems without Kate drooping self-pityingly over her. And both women find unsuspected qualities in themselves as they learn to face reality.