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Annie Dunne Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1 2002


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers; Large type edition edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754074609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754074601
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "agnesng" on Oct. 1 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most beautifully written books that I have read in a long time. If you are interested in the heart of the Irish people you will love this book. It has made me want to read everything this author has written. The lovely cover of the book with the little Irish girl is almost worth the price of the book itself.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2013
Format: Paperback
One of Sebastian Barry's strengths as a modern author is that his main characters have the ability to express, in a noble fashion, feelings that come straight from the heart. These humble Irish folk have a heroic bent about them that allows them to rise above their obscurity and make an important difference in a rapidly changing world that could easily have marginalized them if they were not true to their core values. Annie Dunne is the heroine in this narrative because she refuses to let her lowly estate - the last of a line of Dunnes with nothing but a small farm in which to make a living - prevent her from caring for and loving others with all her heart as she was once loved herself. That does not mean she doesn't lead a fretful existence. While she and her cousin, Sarah, work hard to keep the farm and preserve the only life they know, there are forces afoot that threaten to snatch it away. She is tired, ageing, and protective of the relationships she has nurtured over the years. There is somebody out there who wants to marry the younger Sarah and take over the farm, which would certainly remove an important anchor in her life. Into their threatened lives one day comes two young children, the son and daughter of a cousin who has left to work in England. These two urban children will bring an extraordinary sense of liveliness and renewed purpose that will lift both women out of their funk. The pleasantries of a former life at Dublin Castle will be rekindled and, suddenly, Annie, in all her hardships, has something to live for. With no children of her own, she quickly takes on the motherly role of raising these boisterous children in the absence of their parents.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy on Aug. 22 2002
Format: Hardcover
ANNIE DUNNE by Sebastian Barry
ANNIE DUNNE by Sebastian Barry is a book about an elderly woman and her observations on her life, past, present and future. The actual story takes place during one summer in the 1950's in a rural area of Ireland called Wicklow. However, through the ramblings in her mind, the reader is taken back to her past, where she goes over memories of her dear father, whom she has on a pedestal.
Her grand niece and nephew have come to stay for the summer, and so Annie and her cousin Sarah must deal with a big change. Taking care of children isn't easy, especially for two elderly spinster ladies such as Annie and Sarah. However, the children take to Annie as it was meant to be, while Sarah hovers in the background and watches.
It is Sarah's home that Annie lives in, so Annie helps out with the daily chores that need to be done in a rural area like this. Daily chores include retrieving eggs from the hen house and hand-washing of clothes. Making butter and bread is all done by hand. (To Annie's disgust, people in the city buy their bread and butter pre-made!) Their life is a simple one, far from the modern contrivances of the day.
Annie considers herself a lucky woman for having a home despite being a spinster and having a hump on her back. She was never considered marraige material and has lived with family members from year to year. Sarah took Annie into her home after Annie's sister Maud had passed away and her widow decided to remarry. Now, the threat of moving on is back. It appears that Sarah is being courted by a neighbor, Billy Kerr, who Annie thinks is at least 20 years Sarah's junior. This whole idea has Annie worked up and more flustered than usual.
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