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Colm Tóibín

Autor(a) de Brooklyn

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About the Author

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Ireland in 1955. He studied history and English at University College Dublin, earning his B.A. in 1975. After graduating he moved to Barcelona for three years and taught at the Dublin School of English. In 1978 he returned to Dublin and began working on an mostrar mais M.A. in Modern English and American Literature. He wrote for In Dublin, Hibernia, and The Sunday Tribune. He became the Features Editor of In Dublin in 1981, and then a year later accepted the position of Editor for the Irish current affairs magazine Magill. His first book, Walking Along the Border, was published in 1987 and his first novel, The South, was published in 1990. He wrote for The Sunday Independent as a drama or television critic and political commentator. He writes regularly for The London Review of Books. He has written several other novels including The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster. The Heather Blazing received the 1993 Encore Award and The Master received the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. In 2015 he made The New Zealand High Profile Titles List with All The Light We Cannot See. He was short listed for the 2015 Folio Prize for his title Nora Webster. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Photo by Larry D. Moore, 2006 (Wikimedia Commons)


Obras de Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn (2009) 5,304 cópias
The Master (2004) 3,116 cópias
Nora Webster (2014) 1,477 cópias
The Blackwater Lightship (1999) 1,459 cópias
The Testament of Mary (2012) 1,357 cópias
The Magician (2021) 903 cópias
The Heather Blazing (1992) 831 cópias
House of Names (2017) 748 cópias
The Story of the Night (1996) 732 cópias
Mothers and Sons: Stories (2006) 717 cópias
The Empty Family: Stories (2010) 593 cópias
The South (1990) 426 cópias
Homage to Barcelona (1990) 257 cópias
Long Island: A Novel (2024) 180 cópias
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Editor — 152 cópias
On Elizabeth Bishop (2015) 131 cópias
Lady Gregory's Toothbrush (2002) 105 cópias
A Guest at the Feast: Essays (2011) — Narrador, algumas edições87 cópias
The Shortest Day (2020) 54 cópias
Vinegar Hill: Poems (2022) 43 cópias
New Writing from Ireland (1993) — Editor — 36 cópias
Een lange winter (2006) 22 cópias
The Use of Reason (2006) 20 cópias
The Blackwater Lightship [2004 TV Movie] (2004) — Autor — 12 cópias
Synge: A Celebration (2005) 10 cópias
Dubliners (1990) 10 cópias
Philip Taaffe: Anima Mundi (2011) 7 cópias
Surviving Ireland (2015) 7 cópias
Ploughshares Spring 2011 (2011) 7 cópias
The Trial of the Generals (1990) 7 cópias
Seeing is Believing (1740) 6 cópias
Pale Sister (2019) 5 cópias
Beauty in a Broken Place (2004) 5 cópias
Richard Gorman (2005) 4 cópias
Summer of '38 (2016) 4 cópias
Enniscorthy: A History (2010) — Editor — 3 cópias
The Street [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
21 [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
What Catalans Want 1 exemplar(es)
Edmund De Waal a Thousand Hours (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Martyrs and Metaphors (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
Sleep 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Persuasion (1817) — Introdução, algumas edições; Introdução, algumas edições28,851 cópias
The Sun Also Rises (1926) — Introdução, algumas edições23,031 cópias
The Portrait of a Lady (1881) — Posfácio, algumas edições10,791 cópias
Another Country (1962) — Introdução, algumas edições2,952 cópias
The Golden Bowl (1904) — Prefácio, algumas edições2,763 cópias
The Go-Between (1953) — Introdução, algumas edições2,344 cópias
The Tunnel (1948) — Introdução, algumas edições2,259 cópias
A hora da estrela (1986) — Introdução, algumas edições2,052 cópias
The Book of Evidence (1989) — Introdução, algumas edições1,558 cópias
The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography (2007) — Introdução, algumas edições1,279 cópias
Hadji Murat (1912) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,107 cópias
Capitães da Areia (1937) — Introdução, algumas edições892 cópias
The Book of Other People (2008) — Contribuinte — 749 cópias
De Profundis and Other Writings (1954) — Editor, algumas edições690 cópias
Death in Spring (1986) — Introdução, algumas edições379 cópias
Finbar's Hotel (1997) — Contribuinte — 323 cópias
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuinte — 280 cópias
Voices in the Evening (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições242 cópias
English Hours (1905) — Prefácio, algumas edições189 cópias
The Art of the Novel: Critical Prefaces (1934) — Prefácio, algumas edições185 cópias
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contribuinte — 180 cópias
Brooklyn [2015 film] (2016) — Original book — 156 cópias
The New York Stories of Henry James (2005) — Introdução, algumas edições155 cópias
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contribuinte — 112 cópias
AnimalInside (2010) — Introdução, algumas edições100 cópias
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contribuinte — 74 cópias
Granta 135: New Irish Writing (2014) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
The Garden Party and Other Stories (2016) — Prefácio — 57 cópias
Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing (2004) — Contribuinte — 40 cópias
New Irish Short Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (2020) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Jim Hodges: Love et Cetera (2009) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Godenzonen : verhalen over mannen (1999) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
The Dublin Review 68: Autumn 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
Locais de residência
Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Barcelona, Spain
Christian Brothers School, Enniscorthy
St. Peter's College, Wexford
University College Dublin (BA, 1975)
magazine editor
Royal Society of Literature (2007)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Honorary member, 2014)
Costa Novel Award 2009
Pequena biografia
Irish writer Colm Tóibín, born in 1955, worked as a journalist before achieving fame as a fiction writer. His works often depict Irish society and explore themes of creativity and homosexuality.



Group Read, July 2020: The Master em 1001 Books to read before you die (Outubro 2020)


Long Island, Colm Toibin, author; Jessie Buckley, narrator
In this sequel to the novel “Brooklyn”, years have passed, and it is now the mid 1970’s. Eilis Lacey unexpectedly discovers that her husband Tony Fiorello has betrayed her. He is a plumber who visits the homes of his customers to make repairs. In one of these homes, he was unfaithful. Now that customer is pregnant, Her child is due in August, and her husband insists on giving the baby to them. He will not raise another man’s child and won’t have his home tainted by its presence. Eilis refuses to have the baby in her home or near her children. She will not raise another woman’s baby. Is this a stalemate?
Unbeknownst to Eilis, Tony and his family were deceiving her even further, since they were secretly consulting a lawyer, Tony’s brother Frank, to have their mother, Francesca, raise the baby in her home. When she discovers this, Frank swears her to secrecy. Eilis is humiliated by their behavior, and she is being treated as if she is the butt of their joke, a joke they find funny, but she does not. The entire family, Tony’s parents, Tony’s brothers and Eilis and her family all live next to each other in a kind of private compound. The baby would be right there, next door, forcing Eilis to witness the child’s presence.
The child is due in August. In order to clear her mind, and to decide what to do going forward, Eilis decides to return to Ireland to visit the mother she has not seen in more than two decades, and to stay at least until the end of August. Her daughter Rosella will start college in the fall and decides to go with her Eilis. Her son Larry wants to meet his other Irish family and will also travel with her. He feels he knows his Italian family and should know her family too. They have never met their Irish grandmother.
Eilis knows that Tony, her husband, does not like to be alone, but she also knows that one of his brothers will take him in while she is gone. She is not at fault. Tony started this. He wants to know if she will return. She seems unsure. She ties up the loose ends of her job working for Mr. Dakessian, and explains she should return at the end of August. He does not know about the child that is being adopted, but she expects the child to have been born by then. She wants no part of this disgrace that has befallen her.
As a young girl In Ireland, Eilis had been in a relationship with a young man named Jim. When she picked up and moved to Brooklyn, she abandoned him. In Brooklyn she secretly married Tony. Now, returning, once again, she wonders about Jim. When she bumps into a former close friend, Nancy, now a widow, she is invited to Nancy’s daughter’s wedding. She does not know that Nancy and Jim have decided to become engaged secretly. He does not know that Eilis will be at the wedding. They have not announced their engagement so as not to detract from her daughter’s wedding celebration. When Eilis and Jim meet again, there are unavoidable sparks between them that rekindle their affection.
Jim runs a bar and has little privacy, but he manages to secretly meet up with Eilis, until it is no longer a secret. He does not tell Nancy about her. Nancy runs a chip shop, but hears gossip from others and begins to wonder about Jim’s odd absences, since Eilis has returned. She simply cannot believe that they have become reacquainted with each other, but her suspicions are aroused.
Jim does not tell Eilis that he is engaged to Nancy. He has always been smitten with Eilis, and he never married when she left Ireland without explanation. He learned later that she had already been married to Tony and was living in Brooklyn. He would like to give up his life for her, and move to New York to begin again, though he has no idea how he would do it. Is she willing?
The lies and the betrayals mount quietly, but the effect is loud and disturbing when Nancy discovers the infidelity and has her own plans to save her relationship with Jim. How she saves him may be considered brilliant by some, devious by others. What does the reader think?
These characters keep too many secrets from each other. If they told the truth, would there be an alternate ending to this novel? Was Nancy too clever by half or brilliant in her deception? Will Nancy save her relationship with Jim or will Eilis lure him to New York to be with her at some point in an uncertain future? What kind of a man is Jim that he can two-time two women at the same time? What kind of many was Tony, as well, who betrayed his own devoted wife? How do the feelings about Eilis change for the reader as the story progresses? Are all the characters equally flawed? Will there be a sequel to this book too? I sure hope so.
The book is written with an underlying wit that makes even the worst betrayals palatable.
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thewanderingjew | outras 9 resenhas | May 29, 2024 |
A great short story collection from one of my favorite novelists. These stories are evocative of some of the same emotions portrayed in Brooklyn and other works by Colm Toibin.
jwhenderson | outras 25 resenhas | May 29, 2024 |

Long Island by Colm Tóibín continues with the story of Eilis Lacey, our protagonist from Brooklyn . Set twenty years after the events of the first novel, Eilis, now in her forties, is the wife of Italian plumber Tony Fiorelli, whom we met in the first book. Parents to two teenagers, daughter Rossella and sixteen-year-old son Larry they have settled in Long Island in a cul-de-sac with Tony’s parents and two of her husband’s three brothers and their families as neighbors. Despite being a close-knit family and Eilis sharing a good relationship with everybody, she is conscious of how different she is from her close-knit extended family. The differences become more pronounced when Tony’s actions push their marriage into a downward spiral, and she feels his family isn’t supportive of her or her wishes.

Eilis hasn’t been back to Ireland in twenty years, but feeling the need to distance herself from Tony and his family, decides to visit her mother who will soon turn eighty, with her children to join her later. As the narrative progresses, this time we follow Eilis as she revisits her hometown and those she had left behind when she chose to return to Tony all those years ago. Conflicted over her feelings for Tony, her responsibilities to children and the future she desires for herself, she is compelled to take stock of her life and reflect on her regrets and the consequences of her life choices. Unprepared for the onslaught of emotions and complexities that arise when confronted with her past, she finds herself once again at a crossroads in life.

Long Island by Colm Tóibín is an exquisitely penned novel that had me hooked until the very last page. The narrative is shared from the perspectives of Elish and two other characters from her past in Ireland- her best friend Nancy and Jim Farrell with whom she once shared a romantic relationship, both of whom we had met in the previous book. Compared to the first book this is a more complex and layered novel and the author seamlessly weaves the three perspectives into an immersive, consistently paced narrative that revolves around love, family, secrets, choices and consequences. Not only do we get to follow Eilis’s journey we are also provided insight into how her mother, brothers and friends have fared in the last twenty years and how her presence impacts them in the present day. The strength of this novel lies in its mature and realistic depiction of complex human emotions and relationships with minimal melodrama and concise yet elegant prose – be it the tensions between Eilis and Tony or Eilis and her mother, the complexities that arise between Nancy, Jim and Eilis or how Eilis’s children react to their troubled marriage. Though her children had never shown any interest in their Irish heritage, it was endearing to see them absorb as much as they could in the course of their visit and bond with their grandmother whom they were meeting for the first time and who welcomed them with open arms. I particularly liked how the author addresses the cracks in the relationship between Eilis and her mother. The Eilis we meet in this book is mature and complex. Though I could sympathize with her predicament with Tony and admired her inner strength and resolve, I couldn’t help but question some of her actions in the latter half of the story. The ending leaves us with more than a few unanswered questions and leaves me eager to explore Eilis's motivations further.

I would recommend reading the previous novel before picking up the sequel for a better understanding of Eilis’s journey and the events referenced in this novel.

To be honest, I did not think that Brooklyn needed a sequel, but the ending of Long Island has me eagerly awaiting the next chapter in Eilis’s life.

Many thanks to Scribner for the digital review copy via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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srms.reads | outras 9 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
Set in the 1950s, Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín follows Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant, as she adjusts to a new life in Brooklyn, New York.

As the novel begins, we meet Eilis, a young woman in her twenties in Enniscorthy, Ireland, where she lives with her elder sister Rose and their mother. Her brother had emigrated to England in search of better work opportunities and Rose, a vibrant and ambitious young woman, is gainfully employed. However, opportunities are limited in her hometown and Eilis, despite training to be a bookkeeper, is only able to find a part-time position at a local grocery store. With the help of a local parish priest settled in New York, Rose arranges for Eilis to emigrate to Brooklyn, hoping to secure a better future for her sister.

After a turbulent journey by sea, Eilis lands in Brooklyn, finds work in a department store and is set up in a boarding house owned by Mrs. Kehoe, a widowed Irishwoman. Eilis, in a new culture surrounded by strangers and on her own for the first time in her life, initially finds it difficult to adjust. As the narrative progresses, we follow Eilis for over two years as she gradually opens up to new experiences, navigates familial expectations, homesickness, loneliness, her hopes and dreams, first love and much more. But when a tragedy calls her back home, she is compelled to confront her own reality - how her experiences have changed her and how her definition of home has changed over time- and choose between her new life in Brooklyn and the life she had left behind.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was invested in Eilis’s journey. The immigrant experience and the trials and tribulations associated with assimilation are themes that resonate with me on a personal level. The characters are well thought out and I loved how the author depicts Eilis’s bond with her family, especially Rose, and her relationship with Tony. The author’s portrayal of Eilis’s struggles and her reactions are realistic and relatable and I especially liked how the author captures how Eilis grows as a person, the contrast between Eilis’s life before and after her emigration and how her experiences change her, evident in the choices she makes in the second half of the novel culminating in a life-altering decision she is compelled to make at the very end.

The author’s prose is sparse but elegant and the narrative, which is presented from Eilis’s perspective, flows well. This is a slow-moving novel, the pace suiting the nature of the story. Despite being a short, deceptively simple and seemingly predictable story, this is a thought-provoking read that will have you thinking about Eilis after you have turned the last page.

I’d been meaning to read this novel for years (having put off watching the movie adaptation until I did) and the release of the sequel Long Island pushed me to pick this one up and I’m glad to have finally read it.

I paired my reading with the audiobook, beautifully narrated by Kirsten Potter, which made for an engaging immersion reading experience.
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srms.reads | outras 295 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |


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