The Banyan Tree: A Novel

Arcade Publishing, 2000 - 374 pages
Covering the eighty-plus years of the life of Minnie O'Brien, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the twentieth century. In distinctly layered prose that has been compared to that of Joyce, Yeats, and Dylan Thomas, Nolan lovingly details the life and times, the triumphs and tragedies, of this spirited woman, who struggles to keep her body and soul, as well as her modest hopes, alive. Married in 1922 to Peter O'Brien, a good and decent man who nonetheless harbors a terrible secret, Minnie bears him three children: Brendan, who joins the Church, rises to become a bishop, and is quietly drinking himself to death in New York; Sheila, who marries above herself to a wealthy but nasty Dublin businessman (her marriage, Minnie muses, is "a funeral set to music"); and Francis, the youngest, who leaves home at age seventeen to wander the world in search of fame or fortune - hopefully both. It is for him - Minnie's favorite, the prodigal son - that she jealously struggles to keep the five fields willed her by her husband from the clutches of her ambitious and unscrupulous neighbor Jude Fortune. For, she is sure, one day soon Frankie will put an end to his wanderlust and come home to claim what is rightfully his.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - maryreinert - LibraryThing

Oh so difficult to read; there are sentences that simply did not make sense to me. However, it is a story of a woman that I'll not forget: Minnie Humphrey O'Brien, the only child of older parents in ... Consulter l'avis complet


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The Banyan Tree ($25.95; Mar.; 384 pp.; 1-55970-511-6): Irish writer Nolan, a lifelong quadriplegic and mute whose struggles to be a part of the life around him and express himself were recorded in ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Author Christopher Nolan was born in Ireland on September 6, 1965. Due to being deprived of oxygen at birth, he suffered from cerebral palsy and could only move his head and eyes. He used a pointer attached to his head to write his books. At the age of 15, he published his first book Dam-Burst of Dreams (1981). His other novels are The Banyan Tree (1999) and Under the Eye of the Clock, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1988. He also won the Medal of Excellence from the United Nation's Society of Writers, The Sunday Independent-Irish Life Arts Award for Literature and Ireland's Person of the Year Award in 1988. He died due to oxygen deprivation caused by ingestion of food into his airways on February 20, 2009 at the age of 43.

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