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Quentins [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy delivers a timely and topical tale on the fickle nature of docu-soaps in Quentins. In an age where everyday people are becoming overnight celebrities via the medium of television, Ella Brady is a documentary filmmaker who wants to bring the tale of the eponymous Dublin restaurant to the screen. Quentin's has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years and has become the meeting point for a lot of characters, including some familiar faces from previous Binchy novels. As Ella makes more and more headway with her documentary, the secrets, betrayals and stories of love that emerge make her question whether or not she wants to bring the tale of Quentin's to the screen after all; especially as she is also forced to confront a devastating dilemma from her own past.

Regarded by many as the true queen of the romantic Irish drama, Binchy has once again produced another fine page-turner that will please her army of loyal fans and hopefully win her many more. She has a real eye for character and exploring the often painful choices people are forced to make in their everyday lives. This is a tale of normal people, ordinary folk and the heartaches that have made them who they are. Fans will welcome the return of some familiar Binchy characters and Ella is a strong, likeable heroine, a woman who, in exploring the lives of these people, is forced to consider some choices she has made in her own life. So make a reservation at Quentin's, sit back and relax--you'll be in very good company. --Jane Warren

From Publishers Weekly

Fans of the bestselling Binchy will be grateful that the basic formula is still intact-decent people pulling through hard times-and that some favorite characters from previous novels reappear: Cathy Scarlet from Scarlet Feather, Nora from Evening Class, Ria from Tara Road and others. When Dubliner Ella Brady's affair with a married financial consultant turns sour-he bilks his clients of their hard-earned money and then hightails it to Spain-she decides to throw herself into something productive: she agrees to help with a documentary about Quentins, a once-modest Dublin restaurant whose increasing success and sophistication over the past 30 years mirrors the changing fortunes of the city itself. Ella collects stories of customers who recall celebrating life's milestones at Quentins. These vignettes (about a man who learns he's to be a grandfather, a girl who finishes school with honors, and other regular folks) are meant to fill out the too-thin tale, but most of them end a little too neatly to be satisfying. Binchy doesn't exactly trade in suspense (can there ever be any doubt that a Binchy heroine will do the right thing? Or that goodness will ultimately be rewarded?), but this novel is more tepid than other works in her oeuvre. Still, readers who love hardworking, honest-living characters with strong values can get their fix here.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXH8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it Dec 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. I do love everything Maeve write's but this, I feel, is one of her better novels. I also enjoyed the 'closure' we got on Aiden and Signora and other characters from Evening Class and Scarlet Feather (even though that was not one of my favorites).
O definetly recommend this books to current Maeve Binchy fans and everyone else who has not had the chance to read any of her novels, hoiwever a look at Evening Class and Scarlet Featherfirst would be helpful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Continue a Binchy journey in today's Dublin Jan. 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To settle in with a Maeve Binchy title is to settle in with a friend, yea a set of friends, the familiar folks of Dublin whose lives have become intertwined in business and personal living. Woven around the patronage of Dublin's fine restaurant, Quentin's, one gets to know its managers even more closely, as well as the character of would-be documentarian, Ella Brady. In fact, this tale tells more about Ella and her parents and their part in the scandalous investment schemes of a dodgy investment whiz, an adultrous man with a wife and a continental flair, and a duplicitous nature, all used for self gain.
The reacquaintance with folks from Binchy's earlier reads, "Tara Road", "Scarlet Feather", "Evening Class", imparts a good neighbor feeling about characters who reappear in yet another modern Binchy tome.
Reading a Binchy novel is a bit over the shoulder nosey, as the reader becomes privy to pieces of many lives other than the main character, and the threads of all the lives add to the richness of a feeling of community in the greater story. This is typical Maeve Binchy, whose books I have enjoyed since reading "The Copper Beech", "A Circle of Friends", "The Lilac Bus", and "Light a Penny Candle". Binchy brings her stories into an up-to-date focus, yet flavors them with plenty of Irish panache. These are not books with earth-shaking consequences, but they are enjoyable, escapist reads. Quite satisfying for a time away from the very disjointed and noisy world of technology that occupies so much of our lives today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and Real Sept. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was surprised at all the negative reviews of this new book.
It is apparent that the author is trying out a new style of interwoven stories within the matrix of degrees of involvement throught the tale. It is fresh, progressive and given that she is still in the game to explore and risk despite her self imposed retirement deserves praise. No resting on her laurels. Right On!
In Quentins she created a rather unlikeable and smug heroine Ella whose idyllic childhood did not prepare her for a major dose of cruel reality. Ella's polyannish attitude toward life, expecting everyone to love her unconditionally as her parents did gets shattered. Her gutsy fight to remain strong and stable tells a tale of Ireland's celtic sensibilities of endurance and deep community bonding and support. This is a powerful cultural statement of ancient deep traditional values that can only develop over thousands of years. That tapestry is beautifully woven in this story and fills me with longing wrought by the author's skill.
The tale is complex, textured, serpentine and interesting on many levels. It takes time to warm to most of these people, yet Ms. Binchy's ability to make them very memorable and earthy is one of her greatest skills. She makes this possible over the course of the story in a leisurly pace with exquisite finesse.
In my view, her story lines and many characters give the feeling and a reflection of how we all pass through one another's life at various degrees in our respective milieus. Her primary characters are sympathetic, particularly Blouse Brennan. She places them in the story just as one would probably see them if it were a real pub. Patrick in the kitchen felt but not seen but still a strong, enduring presence of stability. Layers and layers of perception for the astute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BIT OF A BROGUE MAKES THE LISTENING BETTER Dec 14 2002
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
That quintessential Irish charmer Maeve Binchy weaves another heartwarming tale of friendship, family and love. Fans of the Scarlet Feather and Tara Road will be delighted with the return of this warmhearted author, and new readers will be enthralled by Binchy's storytelling skills.
A voice performer with numerous audio books to her credit, Jennifer Wiltsie offers an accomplished reading on both abridged versions.
Terry Donnelly, with stage credits stretching from New York to Dublin, gave a memorable performance of Tara Road and outdoes herself with the unabridged version of Quentins.
On the rebound from an unhappy relationship with a married man, Ella Brady signs on to assist in the making of a documentary about Quentins, a landmark Dublin restaurant. Once a rather run-of-the-mill eatery, Quentins has flourished over the past several decades, and as it has changed so has the city. It is this flowering, this renewed vigor and polish that Ella hopes to capture in the film.
To this end, Ella begins interviewing those who have dined at Quentins, noting their personal foibles, failures, and achievements. As she listens to the stories of others Ella looks inward and learns a great deal about herself.
Quentins is pure Binchy. Her countless fans couldn't ask for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a good read by Maeve Binchy
Published 2 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to put down
As always, the story was warm, consuming, involving. Every time I read a Maeve Binchy novel, I am totally drawn in and living in the story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by b author
3.0 out of 5 stars Quaint stories
I read this one before "Scarlet Feather" and it would have made more sense to have read it after. I followed both of those two books by reading "Nights of Rain and Stars". Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cee Ess
3.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Dublin Through the Lens of Quentins Restaurant
In "Quentins," by Maeve Binchy, readers are introduced to young Ella Brady, the only child of a staid couple and the apple of their eye. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Alison S. Coad
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good, shallow beach read
Award-winning literature. No.
A good,light,fun beach read. yes!
I found it hard to put the book down, even thought I was thoroughly irritated with Ella. Read more
Published on June 23 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A far cry from Binchy's best
Maeve Binchy is capable of much better work.
Quentins' plot is formulaic at best. The characters are shallow and poorly developed. Read more
Published on May 21 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read, but could've been better
"Quentin" is written as several short stories embedded in the main story (of Ella). The short stories are warm, and quite sweet. Read more
Published on April 1 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her others
Being a big Maeve Binchy fan it pains me to write that Quentins is not her best work by a long shot. Read more
Published on March 25 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Indecisive Heroine
This offers a lot of the typical warmhearted Binchy charm, but you've got to put up with the endless pining and whining of the lead character who has built her life around a... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Eric Stott
4.0 out of 5 stars Another pretty good one from Binchy
Well, you either love her stuff or you don't. If you're a fan, you'll like Quentins, especially as it gathers in some favorite characters from her previous novels, so there's a... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by Peggy Vincent
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