Maeve Binchy: Tara Road

Posted by nybookworm on April 13, 2009

tara-roadThis was another airport bookshop purchase but one I did not regret.  Maeve Binchy is, of course, the Irish-born novelist whose fictional stories of life in Ireland have become bestsellers all over the world, and in some cases, made into successful Hollywood movies (see Circle of Friends).  Tara Road (also made into a movie) is much like her other novels, set in Ireland and filled with Irish characters, many of whom are almost caricatures of Irish protagonists you might imagine populate Dublin and its surroundings.  Tara Road’s main character is Ria, a petite dark-haired woman, who goes on to marry a good-looking, fast talking real estate agent and build a life with him in a house on Tara Road, an upscale residential street in Dublin.  Tara Road  is the story of Ria’s life which, of course, does not turn out exactly as planned.  I like Binchy’s books for vacation and leisure reading and they really are an interesting glimpse into modern Irish life.  Binchy herself has lived in Dublin her whole life, so I have to assume her potraits are fairly accurate .  If you saw The Holiday (the movie where Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet exchange houses for Christmas) you’ll see some similarities.  Warning: this is a long book but it goes fast and was difficult to put down.  Another warning (or not?) this was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. 

Amazon link here: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Road-Oprahs-Book-Club/dp/0440235596


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