The Star Of The Sea

The Star Of The Sea

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In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees, some brimming with optimism, many more desperate. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his wife and children, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.The twenty-six-day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, ducked responsibilities regretted too late; profound relationships shockingly unearthed where once it seemed there were none. In a story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go. A novel as urgently contemporary in its preoccupations as it is historically revealing, this tale builds with the pace of a thriller to an unforgettable conclusion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 386 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 725.74g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0151009082
  • 9780151009084

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"A brave and artful novel...YThis is "a good old thumping yarn," the sort of thing a reader can "sink his tusks into." But Star of the Sea is also an agonizing enquiry into the nature of abandonment and the difficulty of finding anyone who will truly care about the fate of others...Few modern writers have exposed with so much passion and skill the protective measures...that we wrap around ourselves." -- James Kincaid "The New York Times Book Review" (06/01/2003) ...O''Connor''s most inventive novel: brave, comic, ambitious and still, at its core, uniquely contemporary.--Colum McCann"author of This Side of Brightness" (02/25/2003) ...O'Connor's most inventive novel: brave, comic, ambitious and still, at its core, uniquely contemporary.--Colum McCann"author of This Side of Brightness" (02/25/2003) "A brave and artful novel...[T]his is "a good old thumping yarn," the sort of thing a reader can "sink his tusks into." But Star of the Sea is also an agonizing enquiry into the nature of abandonment and the difficulty of finding anyone who will truly care about the fate of others...Few modern writers have exposed with so much passion and skill the protective measures...that we wrap around ourselves."--James Kincaid"The New York Times Book Review" (06/01/2003) PRAISE FOR JOSEPH O'CONNOR "Joseph O'Connor has a great eye for the absurd in common things, a great ear for the comic in ordinary speech. His writing is terrific."--Roddy Doyle PRAISE FOR "THE SALESMAN" "Powerful . . . freewheeling and supple, switching between the comic, the candid, and the profane."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Gripping . . . O'Connor's dialogue is by turns bristling and bleak, tender and funny, and his characters are free of stereotypes."--"The Wall Street Journal" PRAISE FOR JOSEPH O'CONNOR"Joseph O'Connor has a great eye for the absurd in common things, a great ear for the comic in ordinary speech. His writing is terrific."--Roddy DoylePRAISE FOR "THE SALESMAN""Powerful . . . freewheeling and supple, switching between the comic, the candid, and the profane."--"The New York Times Book Review""Gripping . . . O'Connor's dialogue is by turns bristling and bleak, tender and funny, and his characters are free of stereotypes."--"The Wall Street Journal"
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5,301 ratings
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4 39% (2,068)
3 21% (1,087)
2 5% (273)
1 2% (95)
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