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Fools Of Fortune [Paperback]

William Trevor
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Aug. 30 2004
When an informer's body is found shortly after the First World War on the estate of the Quintons, a wealthy Irish family, an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans fire the family home, and only young Willie and his mother Evie escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother's bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie, too, seems unable to forget the terrible injuries of the past..."Fools of Fortune" won the Whitbread Novel of the Year award and was described in the "Washington Post" as, 'Arresting, powerful and indelible. A story of courage and love...as tender and wistful as an Irish lament'.

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"William Trevor at his best." —The New York Times



"Arresting, powerful, and indelible. A story of courage and love... as tender and wistful as an Irish lament." —The Washington Post

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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William Trevor was born in County Cork in 1928 and spent his childhood in various provincial Irish towns. He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to England in 1953. He now lives in Devon. In 1977 William Trevor received an honorary CBE in recognition of his services to literature, and in 1998 he was awarded the prestigious David Cohen British Literature Prize for a lifetime's achievement in writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Beautiful Trevor Novel May 19 2004
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What can I say? It's William Trevor's prose about love, politics and patriotism. I recommend this book to everyone with a heart beating in their chest. In comparison to his other novels, I find that this book captures the innocence of youth and the loss of innocence that war and times of trouble can bring.
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A few years have passed since I last read Trevor's novels and hardly could I remember how great he is and his fictions are. I have just finished reading this novel and have come to conclude that all of Trevor's novels should not be missed. Setting against the historical Anglo-Irish complex relationships, the novel tells a sorrowful and poignant love story that spans three generations. Trevor's use of language is subtle, delicate, and controlled and is a first-rate writing. The fact that I'm unfamiliar with the Anglo-Irish history might have undermined my appreciation and comprehension (in a certain way) of this novel, nonetheless, this is a great book and should be recommended to those who love reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Anglo-Irish Fatality Feb. 8 2001
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Murder begets murder begets murder begets . . . madness. Enacting personally the larger Anglo-Irish tragedy, a family experiences, and inflicts, murder, leading ultimately to the insanity of the latest-born of the clan. Aeschylus would have understood, though his Orestes ultimately escaped the demons of his past. A gripping piece of fiction that is at the same time a history of Irish-English relations "writ small."
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This an intensely moving story of young love set in 1918 Ireland. We see how three generations of the same family are shattered by the Anglo-Irish fighting. Trevor weaves a tale of political intrique, love and self exile. Anyone interested in Ireland's political past and future will find this worth reading. ( The movie version of this book stays very true to Trevor's tale.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trevor - the world's greatest modern tragedian Dec 28 2005
By Jumpsturdy - Published on Amazon.com
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Allright, I admit that as a Yank writer who has taught writing myself, I did at first find William Trevor's constant use of the passive voice somewhat disturbing! That was upon reading "Felicia's Journey," my first, unforgettable exposure to this genius. Since then, I have come to believe that one grand reason to remain alive is to read the rest of his novels: they are that brilliant and awe-inspiring. I do not believe that his 'Big House' novels, this one and "The Story of Lucy Gault," can be excelled for the strength of their immortal tragedy. His use of irony in human endeavor and fate creates masterpieces that illuminate man's virtue and folly as inseparable. Since the loss of Hubert Selby, Jr. last year, Trevor may very well stand alone now as the foremost tragedian in the Western world. Do read these two novels for the sense of finality, futility and hopelessness that Trevor is so masterful at extracting from the both the the barest and the most complicated lives, while spinning stories that carry more momentum than a beach-trash thriller.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sorrowful and poignant story, yet maintains to thrill me Feb. 27 2002
By Rhythmgirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A few years have passed since I last read Trevor's novels and hardly could I remember how great he is and his fictions are. I have just finished reading this novel and have come to conclude that all of Trevor's novels should not be missed. Setting against the historical Anglo-Irish complex relationships, the novel tells a sorrowful and poignant love story that spans three generations. Trevor's use of language is subtle, delicate, and controlled and is a first-rate writing. The fact that I'm unfamiliar with the Anglo-Irish history might have undermined my appreciation and comprehension (in a certain way) of this novel, nonetheless, this is a great book and should be recommended to those who love reading.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving tale of love, hatred and political turmoil. July 20 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This an intensely moving story of young love set in 1918 Ireland. We see how three generations of the same family are shattered by the Anglo-Irish fighting. Trevor weaves a tale of political intrique, love and self exile. Anyone interested in Ireland's political past and future will find this worth reading. ( The movie version of this book stays very true to Trevor's tale.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Beautiful Trevor Novel May 18 2004
By Amanda Kaiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What can I say? It's William Trevor's prose about love, politics and patriotism. I recommend this book to everyone with a heart beating in their chest. In comparison to his other novels, I find that this book captures the innocence of youth and the loss of innocence that war and times of trouble can bring.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! July 8 2008
By Paul S. Jellinek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's hard to add to what the other reviewers have already said. A breathtaking achievement, with not a single false note in the entire book (although there were a couple of typos--the editors' fault, not Trevor's). I plan to read everything this man has ever written.
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