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Railway Station Man Tv Tie In [Paperback]

Jennifer Johnston
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Oct. 4 1995
Set in the north-west of Ireland, this novel features a group of characters - a mother and her son, a World War II veteran who buys a railway station, and a young local lad - who are all drawn towards an inescapable destiny.

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One of our most impressive novelists Sunday Express Beautifully crafted -- Anthony Burgess --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any, generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange and haunting Jan. 5 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is an odd book about love found, and hinted at, and lost. In the midst of all of this there is the spectre of the violent times in Ireland, and I felt quite uncomfortable with these hints, which are never fully explained.
It is really different, but I am not really sure that I liked it. Well written, but still not sure!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange and haunting Jan. 5 2004
By Babs Chellingworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an odd book about love found, and hinted at, and lost. In the midst of all of this there is the spectre of the violent times in Ireland, and I felt quite uncomfortable with these hints, which are never fully explained.
It is really different, but I am not really sure that I liked it. Well written, but still not sure!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual novel of fleeting happiness Sept. 30 2002
By Lesley West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Railway Station Man" is an unusual novel. It is not terribly long, and we are offered only a very brief snapshot into the lives of the characters around which the story evolves. The main character is a widow who seeks a new life in a small coastal village in Ireland after her husband is tragically killed and finds a sort of guilty hard won happiness with her painting and her cat. Her loneliness is broken occasionally by the visits of her distant son, and eventually she finds a different sort of happiness with the eccentric war hero who has bought the local abandoned railway station with a view to restoring it.
If this is a novel of anything however, it is how fleeting any happiness can be. In the background of this seemingly innocent tale is the great Irish "troubles" - hints of the IRA and matters far from innocent. It has all the ingredients for a rich and fascinating tale.
However, all of these ingredients do not really make for the wonderful tale that it could be - it falls a little far from the mark. We do not get to know these pivotal characters very well - things are hinted at in their past but never elaborated on. There is some issue brewing in the background, and somehow this is only hinted at until the shocking conclusion - shocking in both what happens and how abruptly it finishes the book. It is certainly well written, and has the promise of a far greater novel, but that is all it is - the promise of a great novel, and one that falls way short.
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