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Caroline O'Donoghue

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Inkluderar namnet: Caroline O’Donoghue

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Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed (2023) — Bidragsgivare — 52 exemplar

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Födelsedag
20th century
Kön
female
Nationalitet
Ireland

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this didn't start off great for me. didn't like rachel, not sure if i like her now, but as always, we love plotless character driven books about girls struggling through life and work and love and mental breakdowns in their 20s. even though this wasn't perfect for me - moments of overwhelming frustration and characters i couldn't care about - i knew i was going to like this book from the moment i knew it was irish fiction and i thought it was a good read
 
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Ellen-Simon | 13 andra recensioner | Feb 23, 2024 |
Rachel's in her final year at university in Cork, Ireland when she takes a part-time job at a bookstore. It's 2009, and her parents are not weathering the economic crash well, which shakes her out of her comfortable middle-class existence. She and James get along beautifully, quickly developing the inside jokes and secret language of longtime friends. It's 2009, and James is reluctant to be openly gay, although he is in a relationship with an older, married man, a man he met through Rachel, who is taking a seminar with the professor. As they both enjoy life and struggle to figure out what they do next, what kinds of relationships they will have, what kind of career they can put together, the one constant is their friendship.

This is a straightforward coming-of-age story. While this novel is set in a very specific time and place, this story of a young woman trying to figure out how to be, trying on different identities while always seeing herself as larger and more inept than other see her, is a universal one. O'Donoghue has taken the ordinary and made it into something that shines. This is a very well-written and well-structured novel that allows Rachel to make some mistakes and bad decisions while never making her a mess. She's figuring out what adulthood entails, just like everyone has to. It's also refreshing to read a novel like this that isn't set at some elite university located in London or New York. Cork in 2009 is vividly described, that feeling of being in a place that holds your entire world while also being aware that it isn't a particularly large or important location. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
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RidgewayGirl | 13 andra recensioner | Nov 20, 2023 |
A poignant, gently funny coming-of-age story set in Cork City just as the Great Recession hits. The eponymous Rachel is trying to navigate life while finishing her degree at UCC; there are of course many twists and turns along the way. Caroline O'Donoghue has a great ear for the cadences of Irish speech and for capturing relationships in a way that feels emotionally true. (And yes, I'm going to go there: better on both counts than That Other Contemporary Irish Novelist Writing About Twentysomething Women. O'Donoghue is far less at risk of vanishing up her own bum.) I was roughly the same age as Rachel in 2009 and going through some similar life stages and there were more than a few moments in The Rachel Incident where I had a little shock of recognition. Recommended if you're looking for a warm-hearted bit of contemporary fiction.… (mer)
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siriaeve | 13 andra recensioner | Nov 1, 2023 |
De Rachel affaire. Door: Caroline O’Donoghue.

Al het goede komt uit Ierland tegenwoordig.

Dat is misschien een beetje overdreven maar er zit daar wel iets heel goeds in het water want Ierland heeft me al heel wat prettige lees- en kijkuren opgeleverd. De Rachel affaire was een veel beter boek dan ik kon vermoeden en The Woman in the Wall houdt me al elke avond aan mijn tv gekluisterd.

Net als haar Ierse collega’s Rooney, O’Farrell en Baume (om een paar geweldige vrouwen te noemen) heeft O’Donoghue een verhaal geschreven dat veel dieper en breder gaat dan je zou verwachten. Op basis van de achterflap lijkt dit boek een simpel liefdesverhaaltje dat fout loopt. Maar geloof me: niets loopt zoals je het zou verwachten.

Rachel en haar beste vriend James zijn twee geweldige hoofdpersonen die direct je hart veroveren; ze lijken je vrienden, zo goed leer je ze kennen. - In mijn geval vriend die ik niet (meer) heb maar wel zou willen. – Er gebeurt best veel in hun leven, niet altijd even makkelijk, maar toch zijn ze er altijd voor elkaar. Ik wil niets spoilen maar onderwerpen die voorbij komen zijn: vriendschap, liefde, overspel, coming of age, uit de kast komen, klassenverschillen, abortus (in Ierland, niet makkelijk), financiële problemen, druggebruik, zwangerschap, schone schijn,… Veel ellende maar er wordt ook veel gelachen, en gehouden van.

De Rachel affaire is een warm, grappig, positief boek vol geweldige personages, goede muziek (The Dresden Dolls), toffe boekenwinkels en veel rommeligheid, zoals het leven zelf is. Ik hoop dat er een tv-serie van komt!
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Els04 | 13 andra recensioner | Oct 27, 2023 |

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ISBN
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