Saturday, June 23, 2012

Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn

It is a lovely Saturday morning here at Vaayanasaala. My boy and H are asleep and my girl who wakes up and watches the flowers and birds with Mommy is at a friend's place for a sleepover.

Just finished reading this lovely book by Colm Tóibín over my morning coffee. Only one word to describe this book. It is such treat! It is all about an Irish girl named Eilis who travels to America in the 50's to find a job and be independent. It was not her choice but that is what life threw at her and she adapted very well to it. I am very much in awe of how well Tóibín is able to portray this girl, her actions and thoughts. Guess that is what makes one an accomplished author. Unlimited by one's own gender and write with such assurance and control about any character that comes to you. He will be one of my authors of choice where I am sure not to be disappointed. An engaging and light read with lots of substance to tingle 'the little gray cells' as M. Poirot would say. The Master apparently is his more acclaimed book. If Brooklyn is this good, it goes without saying that The Master is next in my reading list and I assume you are writing down the names of these two books for yours as well:-)