In the Forest

In the Forest

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'Her best book, and a modern masterpiece' Sunday Independent'One of the finest ever novels by an Irish writer' John Waters, MagillSet in the countryside of western Ireland, In the Forest centres on unwitting victims for sacrifice: a radiant young woman, her young son and a trusting priest, all despatched to the wilderness of a young man's unbridled, deranged fantasies. Edna O'Brien's riveting, frightening and brilliantly told new novel reminds us that anything can happen when protection isn't afforded to either perpetrator or victim . . . 'A savage portrait of desolation and rage, brilliantly told, truly shocking' Sunday Independent'Brave, sensitive, beautifully written' Sunday Tribune'A spare, compelling and compassionate novel' Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753816857
  • 9780753816851
  • 295,004

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Sadly IN THE FOREST didn't make it onto the shortlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction but just to remind you though of the wonderful reviews the paperback has received so far: 'Edna O'Brien's thoughts have turned to tragedy of late - her startling new translation of Iphigenia premiered at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre recently, while this novel brings ancient Greek resonance to bear on a brutal multiple murder which rocked a small Irish community in 1994....... The manner in which she ushers her sacrificial victims to their fate hasthe harrowing inevitability one might expect from a writer who has spent a lot of time grappling with Aeschylus.THE GUARDIAN 'An absorbing and haunting novel.... never sensationalist, this is a considered study of a particularly shocking case.'THE SUNDAY TIMES 'this often frightening novel has a curiously timeless feel.'THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Despite the controversy that surrounded the publication of this book, O'Brien has created a tense yet senstively-written story, woven delicately with both mythology and modern sociological issues.'THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST Edna will also be on BBC Radio's BOOKCLUB which will go out later in the year and her PEN lecture on Lampedusa's the Leopard ran
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About Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien is the author of 19 books. She was the winner of the 1993 Writers Guild Prize for Fiction. Her biography of James Joyce was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in June 1999. Her recent fiction has been about Irish topics - religion, politics, property. In 2001 her documentary novel, In the Forest - about a brutal murder on the west coast - caused a furore in her native Ireland. It was the subject of a BBC Omnibus film.
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1,113 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 21% (230)
4 35% (388)
3 32% (355)
2 9% (98)
1 4% (42)
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