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My Dream of You
My Dream of You
Author: Nuala O'Faolain
What gives a life meaning? How is love found? — Nuala O’Faolain, noted Irish Times columnist, took on these questions with striking intimacy and candor in her bestselling and acclaimed memoir, Are You Somebody? Hailed as "a beautiful exploration of human loneliness and happiness, of contentment and longing" (Alice McDermo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781573229081
ISBN-10: 1573229083
Publication Date: 2/5/2002
Pages: 529
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 71 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
Unbelievably good! So real and so touching. There are passages from this book that I know I will remember always. Any woman who is 40ish and facing that question of "What now?" should read this. The landscape descriptions alone are worth reading the book - they're poetic. I want to go to Ireland just to see the places she describes. The real meat of the story, though, is the main character's self realization. It is soul stirring.
Twintoni avatar reviewed My Dream of You on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A love story inside a love story. The tale of a woman who faces getting older alone, and her obsession with a historical scandal after the famine in Ireland, her homeland. She comes home to research the story and face her past and understand how it has shaped her life. An excellent read, my favorite book this year.
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Helpful Score: 5
The heroine, Kathleen de Burca, is an Irish travel writer living in London. Estranged from her homeland and her family, pushing 50 but still living in the same dingy basement flat that's been her home for two decades, Kathleen's is a life gone "even and dry." Love has been her traditional panacea: "I believed in passion the way other people believed in God: everything fell in place around it." But the only love that comes her way these days takes the form of grim, anonymous sex--and even that grows harder to find.
Oddly enough, it's history--her own, and Ireland's--that brings Kathleen back to life. Shattered by a close friend's death, she leaves her job and London to immerse herself in a 150-year-old divorce case. In 1849, according to court documents, the Anglo-Irish landowner Richard Talbot divorced his wife because she committed adultery with their ragged Irish groom. Or did she? The book Kathleen imagines writing about the affair is a classic tale of passion--yet her research turns up a more complicated story, even as love once again makes inroads into her own life.
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Helpful Score: 5
A must read. Couldn't put this one down. Intelligently written.
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Helpful Score: 3
Really enjoyed it--very different in writing style. The novel tells the story of an Irish travel writer living in London, who throws over her life there to return to Ireland and write a book. She's writing a book about an affair in early Ireland between the wife of an English landlord and her Irish servant..but it interweaves the two women back and forth. It is really about the travel writer understanding herself, her life, and her feelings about her childhood, about Ireland...
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I enjoyed the many layers of this novel. It layers two stories; one of a female travel writer, who steps away from her career in order to write a book based on a divorce judgement for an Irish lord in the mid-1800's against his wife who was caught in infidelity with a servant. The writer returns to her native Ireland from England in order to research facts for her novel, and at the same time she tries to deal with her own emotional issues having grown up in a poor Irish family. Much of the writer's style is very good, and some is rather disappointing. Overall, the book is worth a read, and I would be open to reading more from this author.
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About an Irish woman going through a kind of mid-life crisis. It was interesting to learn about Irish History and English-Irish politics.
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Fabulous read. Told through court documents and flashbacks. Wonderful book.
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well written love story set in Ireland
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Beautifully written.