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The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne Review

The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud GonneTitle: The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne

Author: Margery Brady

Genre: Nonfiction

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis: Set in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this romantic tale unfolds against a background of political unrest and tenant agitation in Ireland. The poet William Butler Yeats in a central figure in the Irish literary revival, while Maud Gonne, a political activist, is passionately involved in the struggle for Irish independence. But this is not a dissertation about Yeats’ work, nor is it about the history of the day or the political involvements of Maud Gonne. It is a love story, containing some of the most poignant poems ever written.

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Review:  First of all, how pretty is this book? Very!

This book chronicles the relationship between W.B. Yeats and the inspiration behind many of his poems, Maud Gonne. I wouldn’t go as far as to call their story a love story because it seems to be pretty one-sided but it’s a very interesting story.

I learnt a lot about these fascinating people and the turbulent time in Irish history that they lived in.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Asking For It by Louise O’Neill Full Review

Asking For It
Title: Asking For It
 
Author: Louise O’Neill
 
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
 
 

Synopsis: It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

 
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What I thought about the book: Amazing book. So haunting. I have a feeling it will stay with me forever. Watch my full review below.
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My Rating: 5 star review

Discussion Questions:
Emma’s Beauty is very important to her. She thinks it makes her the most remarkable girl in Ballinatoom. In what way does it inform her identity? Hoe does it affect her relationships?

Emma observes the women around her extremely closely. How does she see other women? Do you think she is sexist?

What values has Emma learned from her mother? What do you think of them?

They’re good boys really. This all just got out of hand.
What does Nora mean by this? How does this statement impact on Emma?

What do you think of Emma’s father? How would you describe his relationship with Emma before the rape and afterwards?

Bryan plays a pivotal role in the novel. Would you agree that he is one of the few characters who treats Emma with respect while at the same time not putting up with her more selfish behaviour?
Do you think Bryan will forgive Emma for not going through with the trial, or is it important for him to see her as a victim?

Why did the boys put the images of their attack on Emma online? Why weren’t they afraid of the consequences of showing what they had done?


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