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Silver Wedding by [Binchy, Maeve]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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The arrangements for celebrating Desmond and Deirdre Doyle's forthcoming silver wedding anniversary fall to Anna, their eldest daughter, who works in a pretentious London bookshop. Anna proceeds to make a list of guests, most important of whom, besides her parents and herself, are her sister Helen, brother Brendan, and three other participants in the wedding ceremony: the best man, Frank Quigley; Maureen Barry, the maid of honor; and Father Hurley. Each leisurely chapter deals with one of these characters, detailing their lives in the 25 years since the Doyle's marriage. Binchy ( Firefly Summer) exhibits her gift for astute and loving characterization as she examines the way relationships and families work. She engagingly delineates the pressures, both stated and unstated, that repel or attract, the striving for approval from parents and lovers. At the silver wedding celebration, when the obligatory photograph is taken for the family album, the reader knows well what fears and doubts, secrets and achievements lie behind the happy smiles. Readers Digest Condensed Book selection; BOMC featured alternate; major ad/promo.
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"Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions which lies beneath the surface of everyday life"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Sept. 4 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000YE97VK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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By A Customer on Sept. 26 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started this book as I felt in need for something mild and soothing for the heart.
Desmond¡¦s and Deirdre¡¦s silver wedding anniversary was central to the whole story. Through this upcoming event, several characters¡¦ stories unfolded. Anna, the eldest daughter, blindly in love with an out-of-work author; Helen, the youngest, struggling to become a nun; Brendan, the only son who went against the norms and his parents¡¦ wishes to work in a farm in Ireland. Also weaved into the story was Frank, the best man, a successful business man, though slightly less successful in the affairs of the heart, Father Hurley, the priest who married the couple twenty-five years ago, and feisty Maureen, Deirdre¡¦s best friend.
These were ordinary characters, but what would make the reader go on is that each of the character had its own unique tale to tell, from managing family relationships, to hidden and secret affairs of the heart.
I felt a slight disappointment, however, at the end of the book as it left me with a sense of non-fulfillment. We were given insights to the problems but were not shown solutions. For instance, Deirdre¡¦s uneasy relationship with her children did not appear to be improved and Maureen¡¦s relationship with Walter did not develop further. Maybe this is the author¡¦s reflection of the real world, that not every question has an answer to it.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book doesn't even come close to the quality I have come to expect from Maeve Binchy. The story lines never come together. Basically, the entire book is a set of character sketches. Yes, it kept my attention and I did finish the book, but by the time I was finished, I regretted spending the time on it and fussed at my mother who told me in advance that this was not one of her favorites. (She should have been a bit more forthcoming!) I would not recommend this book; on the contrary, I would discourage someone from investing any time on this book. There are many, many better books out there, including all others by still-a-favorite Maeve Binchy.
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In "Silver Wedding,"by Maeve Binchy, Desmond and Deidre are the unlikely couple who are about to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding; their eldest daughter Anna takes upon herself the task of organizing a party. She insists on having the family there, although her brother Brendan is practically a recluse living on the tiny family farm in the west of Ireland and her sister Helen, an aspiring nun, is a complete wreck pretty much all the time. Still, Anna is determined to go through with it, and in addition to her siblings, she contacts Father Hurley, who performed the wedding ceremony so many years ago; Maureen, Deidre's "best friend"; and Frank, Desmond's "best friend." Now the only question is, will they all survive the anniversary?.... Having discovered Maeve Binchy last year, I am slowly (or rather quickly, actually) making my way through her books; this one, published in 1988, is the first that I've read that is not set in Ireland (most of the back stories take place in Ireland, but the family is living in London now) and it's the first that doesn't include previously-met characters in at least walk-on roles. She uses her usual technique of giving each character a chapter, which slowly reveals each of their stories and their relationships with each other, and as usual there are good and bad traits in each of them. I wouldn't put this among her very best work, but nevertheless I quite enjoyed it, so recommended.
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Deirdre and Desmond are planning a party for their 25th. wedding anniversary. They are helped by their daughter Anna, who is just getting over an unhappy love affair. Less helpful are their other two children, Helen, a hopeless bungler who is hoping to be taken on as a nun, and Brendan, who has escaped his childhood home and family to take up farming with his Uncle Vincent in Ireland. Other guests include the best man Frank, who has become much more successful than Desmond and the maid of honor, Helen, both of whom have their own problems. Deirdre is extremely concerned with appearances, since she married "beneath her" 25 years ago, and her gentle falsehoods and nervous posturings effect her children and others around her. Each of the eight main characters is introduced in a chapter and they all come together for the celebration at the end. This book does not have the depth of other Binchey novels, nor the redemption of all of its characters, but it is an interesting read, nonetheless.
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By A Customer on Aug. 2 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maeve Binchy, in her usual style, introduces us to her characters one-by-one. As we meet each character, their inner thoughts explain their relationships to each other, and to the activities that are happening in each individual's life. This bittersweet tale is very realistic in explaining how and why people act in the strange ways that we all do. As we meet each person, the puzzle comes together and by the end the reader has a complete picture of the event, the thoughts, the preparation, and the cast of the Silver Wedding Party. This beautiful book may encourage us all to realize and respect the reasons for other people's life-choices. We only know part of the story.
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