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The Woods ❰Ebook❯ ➢ The Woods Author Seamus O'Connor – Thomashillier.co.uk Something some sort of urgency has taken hold of the four O Neill girls following the death of their youngest sister These young, educated women from an upper middle class background are making choice Something some sort of urgency has taken hold of the four O Neill girls following the death of their youngest sister These young, educated women from an upper middle class background are making choices that send their lives off in radically unconventional directions The novel follows the girls careers and loves from the anything goes artist s life of Paris in thes to a Bolshevik revolt in a convent from scandalous liaisons to hostile encounters with British troops The collision between personalities and values builds towards an inevitable explosion as each becomes committed to her choices The story is set in post civil war Northern Irelanda time when emotions are still raw and families are often divided by political allegiances The O Neill family is no exception The girls father is a magistrate appointed by the English king while their mother descendant of the local nobility is an out and outer for the rebel cause.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 297 pages
  • The Woods
  • Seamus O'Connor
  • 04 May 2018

About the Author: Seamus O'Connor

Former Catholic priest now living in So Cal with wife Been writing all his life but principally at first a playwright plays done in Plays in Progress at San Francisco s American Conservatory Theater His first novel, BITTER ORANGES, draws on his experience in seminary and as a priest in California in the turbulent sE WOODS, is set in N Ireland in the years following the Irish Civil War and explores the coming of age struggles and adventures of four head strong and very engaging sistersO Connor is fascinated by the choices made by young people and how these affect their subsequent lives He is eveninterested in the factors that influence these choices and the phenomenon of sleepwalking through life, procrastinating on making decisions until the die is cast Lives of quiet desperation.



10 thoughts on “The Woods

  1. Martha Conway Martha Conway says:

    I absolutely loved this novel for many reasons the beautiful prose, the strong female characters, and the compelling, interwoven stories I don t think I ve ever read a novel where the female characters are drawn so well by a male author Every character was believable and compelling women I would like to know in real life.The story revolves around four sisters in Ireland in 1926 After the devastating death of their youngest sister no spoiler alert the first scene begins at her funeral , th I absolutely loved this novel for many reasons the beautiful prose, the strong female characters, and the compelling, interwoven stories I don t think I ve ever read a novel where the female characters are drawn so well by a male author Every character was believable and compelling women I would like to know in real life.The story revolves around four sisters in Ireland in 1926 After the devastating death of their youngest sister no spoiler alert the first scene begins at her funeral , the young women veer off in different directions one working with Sinn Fein, one rekindling an old and forbidden romance, one pursuing art in Paris, and one leading her boarding school comrades into feats of rebellion while pursuing her own intellectual and spiritual truths I learned a lot about Ireland at that time, and was surprised how many stereotypes this narrative overturned for me But aside from learning about a culture I knew very little about in spite of my own Irish background , The Woods was simply a good, enjoyable story

  2. Alice Alice says:

    Four daughters struggle to break free of history, society, and religion in this tour de force set in 1920s IrelandThis book is tour de force in many ways for its depiction of the politics and challenges of life in 1925 occupied Ireland, an Irish village where families could still trace their ancestry back for many generations, a brilliant and conflicted family, the daughters struggling to break free from the strictures of society and religion, love and death, and, at the heart of it all, th Four daughters struggle to break free of history, society, and religion in this tour de force set in 1920s IrelandThis book is tour de force in many ways for its depiction of the politics and challenges of life in 1925 occupied Ireland, an Irish village where families could still trace their ancestry back for many generations, a brilliant and conflicted family, the daughters struggling to break free from the strictures of society and religion, love and death, and, at the heart of it all, the sprawling house and farm, The Woods I particularly loved all the details of roasting meats over an open fire, baking soda breads and scones, churning butter, and the ongoing life of the kitchen ruled with iron hand by the Irish Nationalist and devout Catholic Mrs O Neill, in contrast to the inner sanctum of the father s study, where the ideas of the Enlightenment held sway O Connor very successfully builds his compelling story through the points of view of the four daughters, and the climax will stay with me for a long time This rich and wonderful book is one well worth readingthan once

  3. Earl Javorsky Earl Javorsky says:

    Not only a fascinating guy former priest, current psychotherapist and agnostic spiritual warrior Seamus O Connor is one hell of a storyteller, as evidenced in The Woods, his second novel He delivers finely drawn characters in a dysfunctional family that defines the term long before it was invented Rebellion, tragedy, love, art, and a yearning for freedom are the basic elements in this tale of Ireland, set in 1925 Four sisters find themselves confined by tradition and will have none of it the Not only a fascinating guy former priest, current psychotherapist and agnostic spiritual warrior Seamus O Connor is one hell of a storyteller, as evidenced in The Woods, his second novel He delivers finely drawn characters in a dysfunctional family that defines the term long before it was invented Rebellion, tragedy, love, art, and a yearning for freedom are the basic elements in this tale of Ireland, set in 1925 Four sisters find themselves confined by tradition and will have none of it they are on the threshold of the modern era, but there s a price to pay for breaking away

  4. Christie Burgess Christie Burgess says:

    Omg Stunning Beautiful Heart wrenching I m still breathless Sleep deprived, too Not for the faint of heart but beyond worth the emotional investment A peek into the reality of Ireland, family, ancestor worship, faith and freedom.

  5. Sandra Sandra says:

    Awesome I loved every word, strung magically together by this talented writer Now to read another from him Highly recommended Oh, Ireland

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