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The Glass Lake: A Novel Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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Kindle Edition, Sep 4 2007

Length: 770 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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The Glass Lake is a sly, seductive and compulsively readable book, perfect for rainy afternoons and late nights in bed. In the tradition of her beloved novel Circle of Friends, Irish novelist Maeve Binchey offers a wonderful old-fashioned melodrama with a contemporary cast of compelling characters.

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Irish novelist Binchy's latest saga of family loyalties and secrets spent 12 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 770 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Sept. 4 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ZIKQ2O
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
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Maeve Binchy really out did herself in The Glass Lake. In this novel, she tells the story of a small town in Ireland called Lough Glass. She writes about how the whole town is shook up by the disappearance of the local pharmacist's wife, Helen. She shows how the reactions of the citizens of Lough Glass affect the other characters in the story. Binchy demonstrates this well as she illustrates how Kit, Helen's daughter, copes with the tragedy and what the people in her town are saying about it.
The many characters of Lough Glass, that make the story, help to engage the reader. The people in the story are very easy to relate to. The reader can see members of her own community in some of the characters. For example, Lough Glass had a town gossiper, know it all, wise women, and drunk. It also had many families and neighbors that made up the small town.
As the reader goes on the journey, with the many characters, she is never lost. Binchy's writing is clear and easy to understand. The reader gets to watch each character grow over the many years that the story takes place. Throughout the book it is easy to become familiar with each character and get to know them.
Just when the reader thinks they have all of the characters figured out, Binchy will throw in a surprise. Binchy tests several characters when they are faced with new problems and tough decisions. Their actions lead to many twists and turns in the storyline. The reader will be shocked and surprised several times throughout this book. She will be eager to read on to find out what is going to happen next.
The story of Lough Glass is very compelling. It is impossible to put the book down. The reader must not let the 700 plus pages scare her away. The book will be over before the reader realizes it. When the book is finished, it is sad to see the characters go, and hard to not wish for more. I would defiantly recommend people to read this book.
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Don't get me wrong; I love Maeve Binchy's novels. Circle of Friends was one of my favorites, but I really had a more difficult time with this one. As I say in many of my reviews, if you want to know what the story is about, read someone else's' review or better yet read the book yourself.
The problem I had was with the "Mother" in the story. Being a mom myself I just could not forgive her for what she did. The more the story told about her "life" after leaving Ireland. . .Ugh, the more I couldn't stand her! I was hoping at some point, something would happen that I felt would redeem her, but it never did. I was glad when bad things happened to her. She deserved it.
With this said, Maeve Binchy obviously did some pretty outstanding/convincing writing to solicit these emotions from me. I give this book 4 stars because it was so well written. The missing star is attributed to the lack of compassion I felt for the mother and disappointment I felt at the end of the book that I couldn't find a redeeming quality (again this is my opinion) her.
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This is my third Maeve Binchy novel, and I believe I'll
keep on reading them. To me she is the Irish version
of Joanna Trollope or Rosamunde Pilcher, a woman who
can describe life in the British Isles to us American
fans.
The themes of family loyalty, judgement and friendship
run through this fine novel about the effects upon the
lives of others when one person decides to "follow her
bliss" and abandon family and homeland for love.
Do we recognize that Louis is a jerk? I admit I didn't
at first, I thought the author wanted to make him sympathetic
as a symbol of Lena's bid for freedom and happiness. But we
quickly see that although hard-working and loving, Louis
Gray just wasn't worth it; something Lena finds out the
hard way. I was even a little suprised towards the end
when he turned vicious and blackmailed the woman who's life
he practically destroyed. And it was so depressing to see
Lena pay for her foolish decisions with her own life. I had
hoped to see her start her life afresh and carry on as a
business tycoon.
So Lena is the doomed heroine, but Kit is destined for
happiness with her good guy Stevie. I'd have liked to have
seen more resolution with Emmett, or Sister Madeline.
Though set in the 50's, the plot could have happened
nowadays; the Catholic stricture against pre-marital intercourse
was only given lip service. Perhaps it was only the United States 1950's that held such a strong
anti-fornication stance.
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The first (and only other) Binchy book I've read is Tara Road. That was sort of ok. I decided to read this one (loaned to me by a friend) to confirm or change my opinion of how this author's style fits with what I like to read.
Interestingly I felt pretty much the same things in reading both books. For example, in both Binchy fills the pages with long, drawn out stuff that doesn't really matter and adds little, then the end is fast and disappointing. All of a sudden, in both books, something happens abruptly in the last few pages and it's over. It's almost as though she suddenly (finally?) got tired of writing and decided to end it. Stuff, filler, stuff, filler, filler, stuff, filler, Boom - END! With both books I turned the last page because I thought there just had to be some more of the ending.
I skipped about 75 pages partway through this book - it just didn't seem to matter at all and it was plodding along. I finished the book because I was laying awake unable to sleep one night - and I was left with the feeling, as with Tara Road, of "hey, wait a minute - it's over??" (actually, I was ok with that, but wasn't left with any feeling that I'd read anything of substance or value.
In the books I read I like to keep guessing about "who did what" or what's going to happen next - there was very little of that in this book.
So, I have confirmed that Ms. Binchy simply doesn't fulfill my taste in novels - Binchy fans will most likely love this.
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