Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Thought I'd pop in and share the way to wear green that I have ever seen! He's so pretty! I could actually stare at him for most of the day....
Oh, yeah I also wanted to share a couple of my favorite Irish centric books.
It's no secret that one of my favorite authors is Maeve Binchy, who just so happens to be Irish! I found Binchy after watching Circle of Friends and loving the story that she told. And as is my way...I immediately started to read everything that she had written and waiting for the next book to come out.
I started with Circle of Friends which is just an amazing book. I liked the movie, but the book tells the story so much better and as a reader I felt Bernie's pain so much more.
From there I continued to read and love the Ireland of the 1950s and 60s that Binchy painted. She is so great at letting the reader feel as if they are living with the social restrictions and expectations. Then I came across The Glass Lake. I have read the book too many times to count, and even got my book club to put it on our list for the year. I can't wait for my friends to read it!
While Binchy's later books move into modern time, and I still read them, it's her earlier works and that "old fashioned" Ireland that I love to read about.
A new favorite Irish author of mine is Carol Oates. Her first novel, Shades of Atlantis, has a special place on my bookshelf next to my Maeve Binchy. While half of the story takes place in Maine, Oates spin on the Irish myth of Atlantis is interesting and so compelling that I actually went and did some research on it after reading it. Her characters bring to life what has only been imagined up until now. And when the story does take us to Ireland, Oates descriptions are so inviting that I'm trying to talk my husband into a trip to Ireland next year!!
Hope you all have a great St. Paddy's Day!!