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F his sister Breege's love for both him and his rival Bugler Breege sees the wrong of years and the recent wrongs fuel each other as Bugler comes to claim recently inherited acreage on what her brother calls my mountain A classic drama ensues involving the full range of bonds and betrayals and leavened by the human comedy of which. The characters in this novel are passionate rough sensible solitary people hunters and farmers and shepherds who live in a small closed community where everybody knows everybody s business and live in strong communion with the land its soil the rhythm of seasons the environment their roots and ancestors and habits and historyWhen Bugler arrives a strange to the community and yet not really a foreigner people feel somehow threatened their identity in danger particularly his neighbor Joseph Old grudges between the families of the two men re emerge old matters regarding property and land borders hostility which dates back to distant past not directly connected with them but still a rivalry they take for granted When Bugler starts making changes to the mountain by taking the turf and building a road on Joseph s land Joseph freaks out and becomes obsessed Poor Breege Joseph s sister gets caught in the middle torn between her loyalty to her brother and her love for Bugler And in such cruel scenario things cannot end up wellI think we can see a parallel between this story of passion hatred and possession and the history of Ireland its difficult relationship with neighboring England the foreignnot foreign intruder and its violent reaction as a proud hot blooded countryEdna o Brien s language has the power and strength to perfectly describe it all harsh and poetical at the same time crude and yet sympathetic with her characters reflecting the violence of the events in her wonderful descriptions of the desolate landscape duplicity years and the recent wrongs fuel each other as Bugler comes to claim recently inherited acreage on what her brother calls my mountain A classic drama ensues involving the full range of bonds and betrayals and leavened by the human comedy of which. The characters in this novel are passionate rough sensible solitary people hunters and farmers and shepherds who live in a small closed community where everybody knows everybody s business and live in strong communion with the land its soil the rhythm of seasons the environment their roots and ancestors and habits and historyWhen Bugler arrives a strange to the community and Dont Try This At Home yet not really a foreigner people feel somehow threatened their identity in danger particularly his neighbor Joseph Old grudges between the families of the two men re emerge old matters regarding property and land borders hostility which dates back to distant past not directly connected with them but still a rivalry they take for granted When Bugler starts making changes to the mountain by taking the turf and building a road on Joseph s land Joseph freaks out and becomes obsessed Poor Breege Joseph s sister gets caught in the middle torn between her loyalty to her brother and her love for Bugler And in such cruel scenario things cannot end up wellI think we can see a parallel between this story of passion hatred and possession and the history of Ireland its difficult relationship with neighboring England the foreignnot foreign intruder and its violent reaction as a proud hot blooded countryEdna o Brien s language has the power and strength to perfectly describe it all harsh and poetical at the same time crude and Who Was Seabiscuit yet sympathetic with her characters reflecting the violence of the events in her wonderful descriptions of the desolate landscape

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Edna O'Brien's masterly new novel WILD DECEMBERS charts the uick and critical demise of relations between Joseph Brennan and Mick Bugler the warring sons of warring sons in the countryside of Western Ireland With her inimitable gift for describing the occasions of heartbreak O'Brien brings Joseph's live for his land to the level o. Edna O Brien s prose reads like poetry She conjures images from the mists of Irish mountains and the thick skin of peat bogs her characters appearing wraith like in a land of ancient legends and living superstitions Her style lends a sense of timelessness to her stories and their settings and characters With a few tweaks of detail Wild Decembers could be set in late 19th century or pre World War II Ireland as easily as the end of the 20th centuryO Brien s affinity for lyricism can distance the reader from the flesh and blood reality of her plot but her skill with dialogue and the gut wrenching dilemmas into which she plunges her characters ensure that the reader s heart will be caught firmly in her drama Wild Decembers is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions star crossed lovers separated by an ancient land dispute At the heart of the conflict are two men who could be as close as brothers yet who cling stubbornly to blurred maps and barbed wire destroying with madness and violence all that they most love O Brien shows the lunacy of lust and the dark tunnels of depression with spare and sharp detail there are disturbing scenes that will be long to leave my mind all the devastating because of their subtlety This is a writer who continues to astonish me because of her adoration of beautiful language and her skill at stripping prose to its most primitive and therefore most powerful effect Life Is Beautiful yet who cling stubbornly to blurred maps and barbed wire destroying with madness and violence all that they most love O Brien shows the lunacy of lust and the dark tunnels of depression with spare and sharp detail there are disturbing scenes that will be long to leave my mind all the devastating because of their subtlety This is a writer who continues to astonish me because of her adoration of beautiful language and her skill at stripping prose to its most primitive and therefore most powerful effect

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Edna O'Brien rarely loses sight A dinner dance in the village of Cloontha and the seduction of Mick Bugler by an eager pair of uninhibited sisters rival Joyce in their hectic exuberance But as the narrative unfolds the reader is drawn into the sense of foreboding in a place where fields mean than fields than life and than death t. Well I tried to read this book twice but uit both times before I got too far into the book I m now starting the Gathering by Anne Enright another book I had trouble reading Another Goodreads members asked me what it was about The Gathering I didn t like I couldn t remember what it was exactly that prompted me to put the books down In order to be able to answer her uestion I decided to give both books another shot I persevered this time and though I m still not a fan of Edna O Brien I m glad I stuck with it Ms O Brien is almost poetic in her descriptions of the Irish country side You can see the eeriness the emptiness and the harsh beauty as if you were there As to the story the feud between two farmers over a meadow adjoining both their properties is an ancient one recognizable in many cultures I found it difficult to understand the escalating violence between the two families which has tragic conseuences Ms O Brien is a very esteemed writer in Ireland so I suspect she speaks to the soul of an Irishman n a way an outsider can t really understand She deftly explores the ancient forces at work that the characters are unable to escape The author does not specify the time in which the story takes place so although it seems fairly modern it has an out of time uality and could easily have happened a century ago This story is depressing bleak and I did not get a sense of hope at the end Still because Ms O Brien does write beautifully I would be open to reading of her books


10 thoughts on “Wild Decembers

  1. says:

    The central focus of this book is a longstanding feud that plays out in the small fictional village of Cloontha in the Republic of Ireland We are given a classical Romeo and Juliet love story in Irish guise The t

  2. says:

    Edna O'Brien's prose reads like poetry She conjures images from the mists of Irish mountains and the thick skin of peat bogs her characters appearing wraith like in a land of ancient legends and living superstitions Her style lends a sense of timelessness to her stories and their settings and characters With a few tweaks of detail Wild Decembers could be set in late 19th century or pre World War II Ireland as easily as the end of

  3. says:

    Edna O'Brien has become one of my literary heroes There are a group of authors that I just consider to be a cut above Francine Prose Jane Smiley Philip Roth John Updike amongst many others I found this book in a local lending library kiosk and knew nothing about it before I began reading it It did take me a little while to

  4. says:

    Wow What a book This is a lyrical poetic utterly engaging book The theme is as old as books star crosses would be lovers But she just nails it A story of the warring sons of warring sons in rural Ireland

  5. says:

    The characters in this novel are passionate rough sensible solitary people hunters and farmers and shepherds who l

  6. says:

    The story line of this novel is a familiar Romeo and Juliet situation but even though the outcome is pretty much as expected the writing and atmosphere keep you engaged The Irish setting is lyrically depicted and the characters encompass the most human aspects of goodness and irrational hate Throw in a good dose of self destructive behavior and you have a tale that is a pleasure to read just to savor the language that conveys it all

  7. says:

    I'd have enjoyed this book if the writing style had been a touch fluid

  8. says:

    Well I tried to read this book twice but uit both times before I got too far into the book I'm now starting the Gathering by Anne Enright another book I had trouble reading Another Goodreads members asked me what it was about The Gathering I didn't like I couldn't remember what it was exactly that prompted me to put the books down In order to be able to answer her uestion I decided to give both books another

  9. says:

    A few years ago I was fortunate enough to tour parts of Western Ireland I fell in love with a brief story I read o

  10. says:

    When Mick Bugler inherits a farm in Ireland on his uncle's death he leaves his fiancée in Australia His hope is that he ca

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