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Brooklyn

di Colm TÓIBÍN

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Serie: Eilis Lacey (1)

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Coming of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War II, Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find a job in the miserable economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis to live and work in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis takes up her new life in a crowded Brooklyn boarding house, working in a department store on Fulton Street. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life, until she finds a sort of happinessand, when she least expects it, lovebut then, devastating news from home threatens the promise of her future.

By far Tibn's most instantly engaging and emotionally resonant novel yet, Brooklyn will make readers fall in love with his gorgeous writing and spellbinding characters.

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  1. 82
    Che paese, l'America di Frank McCourt (bergs47)
  2. 50
    Un albero cresce a Brooklyn di Betty Smith (kiwiflowa)
  3. 30
    Questo bacio vada al mondo intero di Colum McCann (Othemts)
  4. 20
    The Walking People di Mary Beth Keane (JGoto)
    JGoto: Irish immigrants with emphasis on family, but the story is more complex.
  5. 10
    Lucy Gayheart di Willa Cather (pacocillero)
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    Someone di Alice McDermott (Ciruelo)
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    Ellis Island di Kate Kerrigan (DubaiReader)
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    The Walk Home di Rachel Seiffert (charl08)
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    Lila (Supercoralli) (Italian Edition) di Marilynne Robinson (charl08)
    charl08: In both novels, key character faces new, difficult choices in new places. Both beautifully written, compelling.
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    Girl in Translation di Jean Kwok (jayne_charles)
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    Long Island di Colm Tóibín (shaunie)
    shaunie: Long Island is the sequel, it has much to recommend it but Brooklyn is far better. The sequel spends far too long on exposition, although it is as exciting to read as a thriller.
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    Paradiso e inferno di Jón Kalman Stefánsson (anglemark)
    anglemark: There's something about the laconic prose and the description of a young person's plight that made me associate these two books with each other.
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I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this novel, but the last third had me constantly frustrated with Eilis; however, still a very well-done story. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jul 1, 2024 |
Beautifully written story of a young Irish girl who moves to Brooklyn for more job opportunities. She is sponsored by the local parish priest, who helps her find an Irish boarding house to live in, and employment as a sales clerk (while studying at night to become a bookkeeper). She is homesick at first, but develops a deep relationship with Tony, an Italian American. News from home, however, takes her back to Ireland. She must work through the ties that bind her to both locales. The richness of this simple story is the writing, and how the author is able to get inside the head of his main character. Lovely story, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Long Island. ( )
  peggybr | Jun 28, 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. ( )
  srms.reads | May 27, 2024 |
One of those "life is what happens while you're making other plans" -- or maybe not even making other plans -- books. I have given Tóibín 3 tries & will now give up. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
Beautifully written story about a young girl after WWII in Ireland, who realizes that she has no future there. An Irish priest arranges for her to move to NYC, have a room, and a job. In NY, Ellis Lacey meets Tony, an Italian, and his family, and they fall in love. Ellis is sad to leave her home, her sister, and her mother. When tragedy strikes, she returns to Ireland, where she questions her decisions.
I really enjoyed this story, and felt for Ellis as she navigated life in her early 20s, falling in love, and wondering if she made the right decisions. ( )
  rmarcin | Apr 21, 2024 |
Ultimately, Brooklyn does not feel limited. Tóibín makes a single incision, but it’s extraordinarily well-placed and strikes against countless nerve-ends. The novel is a compassionate reminder that a city must be made of people before it can be made of myths.
 
In tracking the experience, at the remove of half a century, of a girl as unsophisticated and simple as Eilis — a girl who permits herself no extremes of temperament, who accords herself no right to self-assertion — Toibin exercises sustained subtlety and touching respect. . .

In “Brooklyn,” Colm Toibin quietly, modestly shows how place can assert itself, enfolding the visitor, staking its claim.
 

» Aggiungi altri autori (76 potenziali)

Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
TÓIBÍN, Colmautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
ANDRÉS LLEÓ, AnaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
BANDINI, DitteTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
BANDINI, GiovanniTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
BOK, AnnekeTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
FIGUEIREDO, RubensTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
NIELSEN, JørgenTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
SIVILL, Kaijamariautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
VEGA, VincenzoTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Coming of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War II, Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find a job in the miserable economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis to live and work in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis takes up her new life in a crowded Brooklyn boarding house, working in a department store on Fulton Street. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life, until she finds a sort of happinessand, when she least expects it, lovebut then, devastating news from home threatens the promise of her future.

By far Tibn's most instantly engaging and emotionally resonant novel yet, Brooklyn will make readers fall in love with his gorgeous writing and spellbinding characters.

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