A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories

A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories

Edna O'Brien Philip Roth / May 31, 2020

A Fanatic Heart Selected Stories In these selections from twenty years of her best short fiction Edna O Brien s A Fanatic Heart pulls the reader into a woman s experience Her stories portray a young Irish girl s view of obsessive lo

  • Title: A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories
  • Author: Edna O'Brien Philip Roth
  • ISBN: 9780374531096
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • In these selections from twenty years of her best short fiction, Edna O Brien s A Fanatic Heart pulls the reader into a woman s experience Her stories portray a young Irish girl s view of obsessive love and its often wrenching pain, while tales of contemporary life show women who open themselves to sexuality, to disappointment, to madness Throughout, there is always O BrIn these selections from twenty years of her best short fiction, Edna O Brien s A Fanatic Heart pulls the reader into a woman s experience Her stories portray a young Irish girl s view of obsessive love and its often wrenching pain, while tales of contemporary life show women who open themselves to sexuality, to disappointment, to madness Throughout, there is always O Brien s voice wondrous, despairing, moving examining passionate subjects that lay bare the desire and needs that can be hidden in a woman s heart.

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      • Edna O'Brien Philip Roth

        Edna O Brien b 1930 , an award winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month 1965 , A Pagan Place 1970 , Lantern Slides 1990 , and The Light of Evening 2006 O Brien lives in London.


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    1. Edna O'Brien is a hallowed name in Irish literature - considered to be the 'doyenne', if one can believe . So it was with positive glee I picked this up cheap at a bookstore two years ago. I started to read it - but then I found I could not get into the groove, and left it for a time, before restarting it a month back. It sometimes happens to me that if a book does not impress me at a certain point of time, I can defer it and return to it later when I am in a different frame of mind. Well, it di [...]


    2. I don't know why it took me so long to read this collection of short stories. Or maybe I do. Philip Roth raves about O'Brien in its introduction,and since I love Roth I was looking forward to it. O'Brien certainly can write, but these pieces have a depressing sameness to them. It isn't that they're mostly about sex-- that's one of Roth's main subjects, if not THE main one. And Roth has never been afraid of unsympathetic characters. Maybe it takes a genius like Roth to get away with whatever he w [...]


    3. Every one of O'Brien's stories brings me immense satisfaction as a reader. Every story is so rich, so different from the next. She sets stories in diverse decades and geographies and creates characters with differing moral centers, yet remains convincing in her observations. She is an expert at the art of writing. I recommend this collection to anyone looking to study stories that are well-crafted, yet enormously entertaining. O'Brien illuminates situations so that as a reader, I feel nothing is [...]


    4. The stories in this book are gorgeous. I assigned several of them for my class, and the students' favorites were "The Connor Girls" and "Irish Revel". She writes with such depth of emotion, and such restraint. However, what keeps this from 5 stars is that eventually, story after story of disappointed young women and disillusioned mistresses starts to wear on a reader. O'Brien has carved out her niche.


    5. Biting stories that are sometimes difficult to read due to the level of domestic violence and bitterness. I was hard-pressed to find a single 'good man' in this collection of short stories. Perhaps that is the point, and I'm glad to read/hear a strong woman's voice, but I found them too limiting in the end. There are enough parts that I like to incline me to read one of her novels, or perhaps her more recent short story collections.


    6. Beautifully written short stories. Two common subjects seem to be having a child narrator who in some way loses innocence and women having affairs with married men. She is very acute on the obsession of women when they are in love. And she gets across the claustrophobia of rural village life wonderfully. Inspiring.


    7. Not nearly as sentimental as the title makes these stories seem; they are quite the opposite, in fact. Though O'Brien's subjects include childhood, the horrible finality of the past, nostalgia, regret, overhwelming grief, family, and intimacy, she deals with all in ways neither sappy nor gentle. Her stories are devastating. "Wilderness" is one of the best stories I have read about loss.


    8. easy to read. no means does this mean it is lightwonderful detail of nature and the inside of homesdaily lifee workings of a female heart and what is expected of the male heart


    9. I picked this up on a whim for a buck at powells. I have already finished the first story and I think I may have found a new favorite short story writerwellxt to Cheever and a few others anyway. :)




    10. read for school and looking forward to going back and reading the rest of the short stories when i have time to read things for myself!! :D


    11. Beautifully written though it's so depressing I wanted to slit my throat which is why it took me so long to read.


    12. This selection of almost thirty stories, spanning O'Brien's career, is a terrific journey with a sure and steady voice as guide. Don't come to O'Brien for cheery stories.




    13. Excellent stories that take place in ireland. Depicts the hardships of women, the depravity of men and Ireland itself. Short stories are not my preferred reading-really prefer a novel.




    14. i hate short stories (i know i know its a sin but i do so there) but Edna O'Brien short stories captured me. She tells stories of women's normal life in Ireland. Highly recommended.



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