The Mermaids Singing Author:Lisa Carey There is an island off the west coast of Ireand called Inis Muruch--the island of the Mermaids--a world where myth is more powerful than truth, and where death is never as strong as the redemptive powers of family and love. It is here that Lisa Carey sets her lyrical and sensual first novel, weaving together the voices and lives of three generat... more »ions of Irish and Irish-American women.« less
Overall, an enjoyable book. However, with the back of the book stating that it was about "relationships between mothers and daughters," I expected a book that was much more wholesome then this book was. The dynamics of the relationships between these women was fractured and flawed, and the book is about the struggles that exist and harm within those relationships. There is also alot of sexual innuendo in this book that was very unexpected and a bit overdone in the frequency of it, and I hesitate to say it was done tastefully - it often made me feel as if I was reading a romance novel. On a positive note, the writing is very good and the author does incorporate several motifs and metaphors that provide a nice allegorical undercurrent to the text, which I appreciate. Overall, I would recommend this book to individuals who perhaps enjoy a stary that focuses on a tragic story, and one who enjoys romances as well as literature! I give it a mediocre recommendation becuase the book is very well-written though the stock discription is misleading in terms of the books content and the sexual innuendo is too overdone.
Anyone interested in a mother/daughter story or who loves tales of the Irish coast will enjoy this book. Vivid descriptions of an Irish isle enhance the story. Beautiful Irish names and legends provide
This book grabbed me in from the first page and I did not have to work at it to stay interested. It is the story of three generations of women from an Irish island; their relationships and the mistakes they make in them. There is so much love in this book; between mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, man and woman, man and his homeland. I cried when I finished it. A very beautiful story.
A beautifully written book. After the death of her mother, Grainne moves to Ireland and meets the family she cannot remember and a father she didn't know she had. She hears the story of her mother, meets her father, and finds herself.
No matter what I did I just couldn't like this book. To me it was like each daughter couldn't stand being round her mother/grandmotehr so no one was getting along and no one was talking to each other. It did have a few nice moments that I enjoyed.