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Över gränsen av Louise Kennedy
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Över gränsen (utgåvan 2023)

av Louise Kennedy, Klara Lindell

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©rets debutroman enligt The British Book Awards 2023Nominerad till Women's Prize 2023.Nordirland, 1975. N©Þr sm©Æskolel©Þrarinnan Cushla m©œter f©œrsvarsadvokaten Michael p©Æ familjens pub borde hon veta b©Þttre ©Þn att falla f©œr honom. Han ©Þr protestant, ©Þldre, gift. Gradvis dras hon in i hans sofistikerade v©Þrld, samtidigt som terrorn eskalerar runt omkring dem. I skolan tvingas Cushla och eleverna dagligen hantera f©œljderna av det sekteristiska v©Ældet, och n©Þr Michael ©Ætar sig att f©œrsvara n©Ægra unga katoliker blir det uppenbart att omgivningen kommer att reagera. De har passerat flera gr©Þnser, i en v©Þrld d©Þr ©œvertr©Þdelser har ett h©œgt pris.Louise Kennedys debutroman ©Þr en ber©Þttelse om k©Þrlek och klass, i hj©Þrtat av den nordirl©Þndska konflikt som kallas f©œr the troubles. Den har hyllats av en enig kritikerk©Ær och vann ocks©Æ pris som ©Ærets irl©Þndska roman 2022.Briljant, vacker och hj©Þrtsk©Þrande New York Times[Bokinfo]… (mer)
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Titel:Över gränsen
Författare:Louise Kennedy
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Trespasses av Louise Kennedy

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    shaunie: Both feature alcoholic mothers and have similarly grim subject matter, but somehow manage to transcend that into something quite beautiful.
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I enjoyed this a lot. It's very well written, moving and sad. she could have gone deeper emotionally but i think it's a good read. ( )
  bostonbibliophile | Jan 20, 2024 |
This acclaimed debut novel is set in the darkest days of Northern Ireland's Troubles. The setting and characters are extremely vivid, and I enjoyed it, although I have a few quibbles. The adulterous romance was a big negative, as was the excessive drinking and smoking. I know it's of the time and place, but such a downer nonetheless. The Irish slang was also somewhat baffling. On the other hand, I did enjoy the scenes of Cushla (main character) as a teacher and caregiver to many of those around her. And there is some nice wit and humor. As a debut novel, it holds together pretty well. I will look forward to more from this author. ( )
  Octavia78 | Jan 4, 2024 |
Great debut novel set in the Troubles 1975. Cushla, a 24 year old Catholic teacher begins a hidden affair with an older Protestant solicitor. Doomed from the start, the affair is carried out against the background of sectarian Belfast. Well written and compelling, it gives an insight to life in the city. Checkpoints, murders, beatings, nasty parish priest, pub life. No one comes out well. ( )
  simbaandjessie | Nov 8, 2023 |
*Shortlisted for The 2023 Women's Prize for Fiction*

4.5⭐️

“Booby trap. Incendiary device. Gelignite. Nitroglycerine. Petrol bomb. Rubber bullets. Saracen. Internment. The Special Powers Act. Vanguard. The vocabulary of a 7-year-old child now.”

Set in 1975 Northern Ireland, Trespasses by Louise Kennedy revolves around Twenty-four-year-old Catholic schoolteacher Cushla Lavery, a resident of a garrison town near Belfast. She teaches primary school while also taking up shifts in the family pub, run by her brother Eamonn. She lives with her mother Gina, who is grieving for her late husband drowning her sorrows in alcohol. One evening she meets Michael Agnew a Protestant barrister in the family pub. He approaches her to assist him and his friends to learn the Irish language, inviting her to an “Irish language night”. Initially uncomfortable among Michael’s elite friends, she finds herself drawn to Michael and his circle eventually falling in love with him, and embarking on an illicit affair despite the age difference and the fact that Michael is married.

Cushla is a caring teacher, genuinely concerned for the well-being of her students. One of her students, Davy McGeown, belongs to a mixed family (Catholic-Protestant), a fact that makes him and his family easy targets for harassment. A brutal attack on Davy’s father and Cushla’s support for the family and Davy puts her in a precarious position in the community. Her affair with Michael, who is known for his defense of IRA members, complicates her life further. What follows is a sequence of events that will jeopardize not only Cushla’s life but everything and everyone she holds dear.

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy is an exceptionally well written, intense novel. This is not an easy read and you know from the very beginning that there can be no happy ending for these characters. The prose is direct and at times brutally honest while describing the societal distinctions, violence, divisiveness, bigotry and politics in Northern Ireland during the early years of the Troubles. Bombs, barricades, arrests and death seem to be common occurrences that people have incorporated as a part of daily life, which in itself is heartbreaking. The author captures the essence of ordinary people trying to live normal lives in volatile times beautifully. The characters are flawed, realistic and convincing. Your heart goes out to Davy and you are compelled to sympathize with Cushla. You may not agree with some of her decisions but you cannot help but feel for her as she struggles with her feelings for Michael and fear for her as she attempts to help Davy’s family. The prose is crisp and sparse, at times matter of fact but the tension, the fear, the heartbreak, and the pain is palpable in this tightly woven novel.

Overall this is a beautifully written novel that I would not hesitate to recommend. I paired my reading with the excellent audio narration by Bird Brennan which made for an immersive experience. ( )
  srms.reads | Sep 4, 2023 |
I liked the setting to this book - Ireland during the worst of "The Troubles" however, it was not particularly an easy read due to so many Irish slang words and references. It took me a while to get into it and I did look up many references. Still, it was a good read. Cushla is a young unmarried woman who works as a preschool teacher during the day and at her brother's pub at night. The family is Catholic; however, they live in a small town outside of Belfash where Protestants also frequent the publ.

She meets Michael Agnew, a Protestant barrister who has defended some of the Republicans accused of violence. Although Michael is married, an affair begins keeping it a secret especially from her mother, Gina, and her brother Emmonn, who owns the bar. Cushia befriends a young boy, Davy, in her class whose mother is Protestant and father is Catholic causing him to be shunned by the other students. After Davy's father is severely attached, the oldest brother, Tommy, drops out of school and joins with the rebels.

After Michael is assassinated and Tommy is accused of the murder, Cushia's affair is revealed as a link between Tommy and Michael.

Although it took me a while to get into the book, it was a good read with a believable plot and characters. ( )
  maryreinert | Jul 23, 2023 |
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In ‘Trespasses,’ an affair can be fatal during Ireland’s Troubles...Kennedy has written a captivating first novel that manages to be beautiful and devastating in equal measure. Its bittersweetness is encapsulated in one of Cushla’s memorable comebacks. Michael asks if they, as a couple, are all right. “We’re doomed,” she replies. “Apart from that we’re grand.”
 
“Trespasses” revolves around 24-year-old Cushla Lavery, a Catholic schoolteacher living just outside Belfast in the early years of the Troubles, in a small town that is heavily occupied by British soldiers....Kennedy writes beautifully about love. Familial and romantic love, but perhaps most profoundly, the love between a vulnerable child and a teacher who cares deeply about his well-being. In the midst of rampant and unpredictable cruelty, it is the kindness of individuals to one another that gets anyone through.....As the novel progresses, it picks up a propulsive energy, the kind that compels you to keep reading straight through to the end. A rising sense of tension throughout comes to a shocking head. I am not a crier, but by the final pages of “Trespasses,” I was in tears. It’s a testament to Kennedy’s talents that we come to love and care so much about her characters. And that reading about a long and difficult period from the recent past feels not like history, but like a warning.
 
In her first novel, the acclaimed short-story writer draws on the 1070's Northern Ireland of her childhood, merging unspeakable times with tough humour and romance....in the small town outside Belfast where teacher Cushla Lavery lives with her mother, bombings and beatings fill the headlines. At 24, she is able to recall a time before the Troubles, unlike her class of seven-year-olds a the Catholic primary school....Louise Kennedy sets herself the challenge of encapsulating those unspeakable times and the powerlessness felt by ordinary people caught in the crossfire. She does so with skill, combining unflinching authenticity with narrative dexterity and a flair for detail, all wrapped up in a moving love story – two, really...
 
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©rets debutroman enligt The British Book Awards 2023Nominerad till Women's Prize 2023.Nordirland, 1975. N©Þr sm©Æskolel©Þrarinnan Cushla m©œter f©œrsvarsadvokaten Michael p©Æ familjens pub borde hon veta b©Þttre ©Þn att falla f©œr honom. Han ©Þr protestant, ©Þldre, gift. Gradvis dras hon in i hans sofistikerade v©Þrld, samtidigt som terrorn eskalerar runt omkring dem. I skolan tvingas Cushla och eleverna dagligen hantera f©œljderna av det sekteristiska v©Ældet, och n©Þr Michael ©Ætar sig att f©œrsvara n©Ægra unga katoliker blir det uppenbart att omgivningen kommer att reagera. De har passerat flera gr©Þnser, i en v©Þrld d©Þr ©œvertr©Þdelser har ett h©œgt pris.Louise Kennedys debutroman ©Þr en ber©Þttelse om k©Þrlek och klass, i hj©Þrtat av den nordirl©Þndska konflikt som kallas f©œr the troubles. Den har hyllats av en enig kritikerk©Ær och vann ocks©Æ pris som ©Ærets irl©Þndska roman 2022.Briljant, vacker och hj©Þrtsk©Þrande New York Times[Bokinfo]

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