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by William Trevor

eBook The Story of Lucy Gault ePub
Author: William Trevor
Language: English
ISBN: 0670913421
ISBN13: 978-0670913428
Publisher: Viking; 1st Us Edition edition (2002)
Pages: 240
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 917
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The story of" is a telling phrase for the title of this gravely beautiful, subtle and haunting Irish novel. It means not only what happens to Lucy Gault, but that what happened to her has become a story, first a local tale, told and retold, and then a legend, "waiting to pass into myth"

The story of" is a telling phrase for the title of this gravely beautiful, subtle and haunting Irish novel. It means not only what happens to Lucy Gault, but that what happened to her has become a story, first a local tale, told and retold, and then a legend, "waiting to pass into myth". And it's an ironic phrase, too, because no one in this quiet book is outspoken. Silence, secrets, muteness tell the loudest stories here

The Story of Lucy Gault is a novel written by William Trevor in 2002. The book is divided into three sections: the childhood, middle age and older times of the girl, Lucy.

The Story of Lucy Gault is a novel written by William Trevor in 2002. The story takes place in Ireland during the transition to the 21st century. It follows the protagonist Lucy and her immediate contacts. The book was shortlisted for the Booker and Whitbread Prizes in 2002.

Home William Trevor The Story of Lucy Gault. William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, in 1928, the son of a bank official, and spent his childhood in provincial Ireland. The story of lucy gault, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22. William Trevor. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin. Working first as a sculptor and teacher, then as an advertising copywriter, he published his first novel in 1958. His subsequent novels won numerous prizes, including the Hawthornden Prize, the Heinemann Fiction Prize and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award.

The Story of Lucy Gault - a beautiful, haunting novel by acclaimed writer William . I doubt that I have read a book as moving in at least a decade.

The Story of Lucy Gault - a beautiful, haunting novel by acclaimed writer William Trevor'Astonishing, tender. A perfect novel' Sunday for the 2002 Booker Prize'A masterwork. A homage to the redemptive power of love' IndependentSummer, 1921. Eight-year-old Lucy Gault clings to the glens and woods above Lahardane - the home her family is being forced to abandon. She knows the Gaults are no longer welcome in Ireland and that danger threatens. Lucy, however, is headstrong and decides that somehow she must force her parents into staying.

Trevor always introduces us to some background going back to the Troubles. That is the essence of The Story of Lucy Gault. I could have been that child or that child’s mother; I am glad to be neither. In this book the main I don’t usually binge on authors but I’ve enjoyed reading Trevor on and off since last November. This is my fifth, including Summer in the Garden, Love and Summer, Felicia’s Journey and The Children of Dynmouth. Like most of the other Trevors, the setting is a small, somewhat stifling, village in coastal Ireland and the characters are what I will call listless and almost sex-less, yet not unhappy.

William Trevor's Last Stories is forthcoming from Viking. You could almost retitle the novel The Depressing story of Lucy gault. However I did enjoy how Trevor wrote this novel and he made his characters come alive. The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant.

William Trevor has long been regarded as one of Ireland's most evocative writers, a prose stylist of the highest .

And in The Story of Lucy Gault, Trevor lives up to, perhaps even surpasses, that reputation in a novel that explores the tragic consequences for one family of Ireland's deep-seated political strife. With a subtlety and emotional insight rarely matched in contemporary fiction, The Story of Lucy Gault follows the inexorable unfolding of a few chance events that alter the lives of a family and unforgettably illuminate the contours of the human condition. Discussion Questions.

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Trevor was our twentieth century Chekov. -Wall Street Journal. The stunning novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended

The British 'True' First Edition of this landmark novel made into the movie.
A short book well written, (similar to Atonement by Ian McEwan) with unique English/Irish history as an important factor, this is a story of permanently changed paths of the people by a momentary decision, and the subsequent lives with doubts, suffering and eventually redemption by forgiveness. It is written without melodrama, rather with beautiful and calm insight.
I picked up this William Trevor novel after seeing it on one of the earlier NY Times Notable Books list. I found it to be an interesting read that took about 100 pages to get into but once I did I found the rest of it to be a quick read and enjoyed it. The book is about an Irish family in the 1920s. The father makes a mistake and accidentally shoots a trespasser wounding him. He and his wife decide to leave their homestead but their daughter Lucy goes missing. They think she is dead. But she is very much alive and this small mistake sets in place a series of events that makes any parent question what they would have done in similar circumstances. Lucy grows old, has life experiences that every young woman will have, but she experiences them with surrogate parents instead of her real mom and dad. Boyfriends, friendship, marriage, and death. The book really was a study of Lucy's relationships with family, friends, and the world. A good read that I do recommend.
A small book with a very small story that seemed incredibly long. The beautiful style of writing was not enough to make this story either endearing or interesting. The main characters are superficially drawn and behave in the most infuriating manner. The supporting characters (all 3 of them have more depth!)
I liked this book, and am glad I read it; but I was hardly bowled over, and feel that in fits very comfortably into the 3 star category.

Briefly, the plot is as follows: due to civil strife, the upper class Irish family's is forced to leave their ancestral Irish home for England. Before setting out, Lucy, the family's 9 year old daughter, runs away to avoid the move, and is mistakenly presumed drowned. The grief-stricken parents depart without leaving forwarding information for a life of wandering, ignorant that they have left their daughter, Lucy, to be raised by the farmhands.

All of the plot described above takes place in the first 35 pages of the book, with the remaining 200 pages describing the uneventful wanderings of the parents and Lucy's uneventful growing up. Accordingly, most of the novel is an exploration of the characters' reactions, and the consequences to, the events experienced at the very beginning.

Given the absence of plot, the novel serves as a somber commentary on loss, grieving, denial, regret, and blame. At the same time, there is a hardy, respectful, sometimes hopeful, stoicism at work; life goes on and the characters do what they can to make the best of it. The father recounts that before the mother's death, there were times, in the small Italian town where the parents elected to lose themselves, that she was actually happy. The characters try and find meaning in life's small details, daily activities. The author's descriptions of such events, such matters, is really his strong sut.

A reader looking for a "big book," bold plot developments, strong characters, decisive action, should pass this book by. Its a "small book", with events, characters, reactions muted, understated; a painting in grays and dark colors. Other than the initial flurry and one ill fated flirtation for Lucy, the lives of the characters are very ordinary, very (dare I say it) boring.

On the other hand, such is life (boring, slow, quiet). While I thankfully do not know anyone who has suffered this fate, the life of Lucy's parents, suffused with a constant, quiet, suffering and regret over the loss of their child, is probably a pretty accurate portrayal. I am much more dubious of Lucy's tendency to blame herself for the misunderstanding. After all, children do not experience loss in the same way that a parent does, as one would expect to see upon the death of a parent (as opposed to the death of a child).

In conclusion, this subtle, quiet book will not change your life. Its a well-written, small, meditation on loss and regret. My recommendation strongly depends on what a reader is looking for.
Whatever one writes about this work, will be inadequate as it will tend to reduce it to a plot, or a sociological analysis. It is an intense emotional experience for the reader, as it deals with the inability of most of us to connect (see E.M.Forster) made evident in the characters drawn by Mr Trevor. The reader, however, is made privy to the feelings and thoughts of the characters in such a way, in such detail especially of the everyday reality of domestic life, that one aches with them, suffers loss with them, and so on. Thus the reader, becomes as it were, Lucy herself as she explores life through the novels she reads, but the reader,not being Lucy, knows what she does not have in terms of lover, brother, sister, child and so on. Does that make sense? Perhaps not. The heart has its reasons, and reason knows not why.If you don't want your heart squeezed, don't read this book.
The overal writing of the novel was well done however I you are looking for a happy story look elsewhere. This novel does not have a "happy" resolution. You could almost retitle the novel The Depressing story of Lucy gault. However I did enjoy how Trevor wrote this novel and he made his characters come alive.
For a relatively short book (under 250 pages), this was surprisingly epic in its scope. It covers nearly the entire life of Lucy Gault - and what a tragic life! Accidentally abandoned at the age of seven, Lucy's life never becomes anything more than a life of quiet grief and almost desperation. Well-written, the overwhelming sadness of the book as a whole made it a rather depressing read. And despite the book's opening date (oddly enough, June 21st), I think this is more of the type of book for winter nights, rather than hot summer evenings. From its premise, I thought that the book would focus more on Lucy's childhood, but the vast majority dealt with the extended aftermath of the accident that defined her life, particularly during the summer of her 21st year. Though not an enjoyable read, per se, it definitely kept me turning pages and just had me yearning for something - anything - good to happen to Lucy.
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