Friday, January 30, 2015

They began to run

Where Maeve Binchy lived in Ireland
Echoes ~ by Maeve Binchy, 1985, fiction (Ireland)
People seemed to know without being told.  They came out of their houses and began to run down the main street.  The murmur became louder, and almost without knowing they were doing it they started to check where their own families were.  It was still just a figure, face down in the water.  They didn't know for sure whether it was a man or a woman.
Maeve Binchy's web site gives a summary of what this novel is about.
Two very different children are growing up, shouting their hearts' desires into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them far away from the town in which they live.  Castlebay, in winter empty and grey with wind and sea spray, becomes all bustle and colour in the gaudy days of summer — and Tom O'Brien's shop on the edge of the cliff besieged by holidaymakers.  One of those children with ambitions to leave Castlebay is Clare, Tom O'Brien's younger daughter.  A favourite with the local schoolteacher, she wins a scholarship to University College, Dublin and seems all set for a path of academic glory.  The other child dreaming of escape is David Power, the doctor's son, also bound for Dublin university, and probably a dazzling future as a specialist.  The paths of these two characters are destined to criss-cross in a quite unforeseen way, and eventually both roads will lead back to Castlebay.  The end of this long drama of ambition, betrayal, and love is played out in the seaside town where it began, against a backdrop of whispered family gossip and the tangled skein of past friendships.

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SherryGLoag said...

What vivid writing. It grabbed my attention.

Fate Reborn. is my offering this week.

Katherine P said...

Maeve Binchey is on my list of authors to read this year. I love the sounds of the excerpts and that picture is beautiful!

JC Jones said...

That is attention grabbing. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Such a sad beginning! I hope so happiness follows. I'd love for you to read mine.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm a Maeve Binchy fan and have read this book at least twice. What a great choice for today's post!
My Friday post features A DARK & STORMY KNIGHT.

Topazshell said...

I still miss Maeve Binchy. Met her on Oprah's Book club with Tara Road. I loved that book. I love the plot of "Echoes." Thanks for sharing it. She was a wonderful author.

Elizabeth said...

Love the detail and description.

I hope you are enjoying the book. It sounds quite good.

I only read one of her books.

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