The Country Girls

The Country Girls Meet Kate and Baba two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city they struggle to

  • Title: The Country Girls
  • Author: Edna O'Brien
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship Kate, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love, while Baba just wants to experience the life of a single girl Although theyMeet Kate and Baba, two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship Kate, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love, while Baba just wants to experience the life of a single girl Although they set out to conquer the world together, as their lives take unexpected turns, Kate and Baba must ultimately learn to find their own way.

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    2 thoughts on “The Country Girls

    1. Edna O Brien b 1930 , an award winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month 1965 , A Pagan Place 1970 , Lantern Slides 1990 , and The Light of Evening 2006 O Brien lives in London.

    2. A beautiful probably-autobiographical wee slip of a novel which reads more like a memoir about two Irish girls between the ages of 14 and 18 in which nothing much happens except ordinary poor country life stuff, the girls being bored witless and trying to grow up, the girls being righteously disgusted about what's on offer in the back of the Irish beyond in the early 50s before Elvis and rock & roll rewrote the rules, the girls putting up with drunk parents, bitter adults and useless boys. C [...]

    3. At first, I didn't think very much of The Country Girls. It's sort of your standard coming of age story, the locus here being female and Irish and from a rural, rather down-at-hell background.O'Brien, who admittedly wrote under the inspiration of Dubliners, said herself that the novel came almost as if unbidden. She said something to the effect that her hand wrote it, she just guided the pen. Very interesting not only to hear this, which has to indicate something really important and personal an [...]

    4. I like Edna O'Brien's writing, lyrical is the perfect word to describe it. Good dialogs. Her characters become distinct. The plot left me cold. Totally boring. Not only do you need good writing you need an interesting story for a novel to work. We follow two girls, Caithleen and Baba, 14 years of age when the book opens. Two country girls, as the title so aptly indicates. The setting is western Ireland, outside Limerick, the 1960s. This is a coming of age story, about friendship and blossoming i [...]

    5. First published in 1960, this is the first novel of Ireland-born novelist Edna O'Brien (born 1930). This is also Book 1 of her trilogy called the same, The Country Girls Trilogy. The other books are entitled The Lonely Girl (1962) and Girls in Their Married Bliss (1964). After the publication of the third book, all of them were banned in the repressive Ireland in the 60's because of the frank portrayal of the sex lives of the characters. Well, there is nothing frank in the first book except that [...]

    6. O romance de estreia de Edna O'Brien, banido nos anos 60, conta a história de duas amigas de uma zona rural da Irlanda, Baba é tresloucada e Caithleen demasiado influenciável e inocente. Acompanhamos as raparigas na sua passagem pela escola de um convento e, mais tarde, a sua mudança para a auspiciosa cidade de Dublin. Acredito que este livro tenha muito de autobiográfico, li algures que a autora também foi educada num convento, onde se apaixonou por uma freira. Mesmo tendo em conta a gran [...]

    7. I have been listening to Edna O'Brien read the unabridged version of this novel. It is quite short. She reads it in a state of holy awe, as if she is filled with wonder at the world. This very much suits the narrative, which tells of the unholy dramas that befall a fourteen-year-old Catholic girl in a little Irish town. It is told in unadorned, elegant English. There is a purity about it, which means you have to quieten your mind and let Edna's voice fill up your senses in order to appreciate it [...]

    8. For the longest time, I didn't get Edna O'Brien. Her writing was so highly praised, but I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. Her characters were all so repressed and their interactions so brittle that I found her stories difficult to get into and generally boring. But as I embarked on my ongoing Irish tear, I was determined to try again. This time I had no trouble becoming interested in Kate and her childhood friend Baba or their lives in rural Ireland, in convent school and in Dub [...]

    9. I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I think the most delicious aspect of it is that O’Brien marries intimate and personal details of a girl’s early teenhood in the Irish countryside with the horribly dark realities of human existence. Furthermore, O’Brien does this very subtly. She describes the girl, Kaithleen, getting out of bed in the early mornings and seeing frost on the hedgerows outside, and skimming the cream off a bucket of milk to put in a glass bottle to take to a best f [...]

    10. I love O’Brien’s writing. She writes with such vivid imagery, it is impossible not to see Ireland while you are reading it. This story is set in rural western Ireland, county Clare (or Limerick perhaps) going by places mentioned in the book, a place I spent some time in the past. In fact I was one of “these eejits who come over to the Burren to look at flowers.”And yet, though some of the descriptions make my mind go on holiday and make me long for a walk in the Irish countryside, most o [...]

    11. 'Las chicas de campo' es una novelita de Edna O'Brien, que causó bastante revuelo en la Irlanda natal de la autora en el momento de su publicación, porque habla sin tapujos de cosas como el despertar de la sexualidad feminina o de relaciones de adolescentes con hombres mayores casados. Pero supongo que tampoco ayuda que haya padres borrachos y ausentes, madres presumidas y vanidosas, monjas estrictas y crueles, etc. Dicho así parece que el libro sea un melodrama bastante insufrible, pero es t [...]

    12. The Country Girls follows the story of Cait and Baba, from their childhood in rural County Clare and convent school to Dublin as they struggle to understand live and search for love. Published in 1960 it was banned upon publication in Ireland for its portrayal of sex. In O’Briens home parish it was publicly burnt. In 1962 it won the Kingsley Amis Award.The issues they face are as recognisable and relateable today as 50 yrs ago. Young girls today may know more about the biology then Cait and Ba [...]

    13. When The Country Girls (1960), The Lonely Girl (1962), and Girls in Their Married Bliss (1964) were published they were promptly condemned by the Catholic Church in Ireland, and banned by the Irish Censorship Board. Most likely because of what this trilogy had to say about the truly dismal lives of girls who grew into womanhood under the shadow of a darkly repressive church and a rural culture filled with narrow-minded ignorance, mistrust and helplessness. Nevertheless, today Edna O’Brien is r [...]

    14. This is like vintage chick lit. It's adorable.I expected something much different - something slow and cautious and maybe a bit boring - but this was surprisingly pleasant, and read surprisingly quickly. With short sentences, a supple storyline and a meagre 250 pages, it draws you in and spits you out in a couple hours.It is slow, but it's a warm, cosy, sad kind of slowness. It's a story of nostalgia and loneliness and growing up, but it's undramatic and subdued, and even the meanness and carele [...]

    15. I was once an 18-year-old, and this tender story of strained friendship and romantic realization struck a deep chord. As an adult, you want to shake the characters by the shoulders and say life will get better. But, will it? There are two more books in this trilogy :-)

    16. «El cielo quedaba allá arriba», diría una de 'Las chicas de campo' que Edna O'Brien sitúa en el albor de la vida adulta en una Irlanda profunda, ajena al horizonte dublinés, contenida en un «manto de nubes de plumas» y el rosa cálido que revelan los fogonazos de un sol que decae. El transcurso de los días en esta atmósfera vehemente de O'Brien se distingue aquí «por el hecho de que tras los cristales lloviese o cayesen las hojas». Son Caithleen y Baba unas 'chicas de campo' que se [...]

    17. This is one of those literary books that I appreciate, but that never really grabbed my attention. It's so similar to my reaction to Now in November, also a book I was hoping to really like, that comparing the two is the only way I can explain it. Both are short but well-written literary books with a strong sense of place, grounded in the natural world--the Irish setting here is particularly vivid and beautifully described, both visually and culturally, and I enjoyed all the little household det [...]

    18. I heard about this book on the Guardian Books Podcast and knew right away I'd like it. Coming from an Irish author from the 50s, this book challenged society of the day in a way taken for granted today. Yet, O'Brien manages this without being vulgar or explicit at any point. The book really captures rural Ireland, even an Ireland I can remember and have seen despite being quite so old. The back-biting nature of the small village and those in it was just so accurate as to be scary. From the girls [...]

    19. What a sad, gorgeous book this turned out to be. It follows young Caithleen and her best friend/bitterest enemy Baba from their rural adolescence to a convent school, and then on to big, bad Dublin to make their way as young women.Their small town is portrayed as heartbreakingly beautiful, but the people are ugly -- Caithleen's alcoholic father, the creepy inkeeper and would-be poet who pursues her, and Baba's beautiful addled mother. O'Brien is a powerful descriptor of both the physical world a [...]

    20. The story started slow, but then there was an interest to see where this would go. I would say Edna O'Brien is a good writer because I am so totally upset over the way one of the character acts, but that is how I should feel.

    21. Another re-read straight after reading Girl With Green Eyes, which meant I read them in the wrong order. I didn't like this one quite as much, but still loved it.

    22. Now I know who wrote the book on girl boredom and the cabbage based cuisine of boarding schools. The smell just gets into everything. Overpowers the cake which has to be eaten with an extra utensil. No, I never mastered the fork, knife, and giant spoon method of eating cake. You tube wasn't invented yet. Because there has to be a video about it. No, I just got in shit every cake night.Superb little book about everything through nothing. Finding the next two in the series was a hunt for hens' tee [...]

    23. Durante los primeros cuatro o cinco capítulos llegué a pensar si no sería una versión femenina de Tom Sawyer (intuición masculina, lo llaman). Más adelante, por momentos, el tono me recordó al de Las cenizas de Ángela, ya sabéis, eso de contar miserias y atrocidades con un cierto tono melancólico, pero carecía de su humor y su ironía. Al final me ha parecido poco más que una sencilla novela juvenil .Por destacar algo, cito algunos detallitos que me hicieron sonreír, tonterías que [...]

    24. The Country Girls sent shock waves through rural Ireland when it was published in 1960. Across the sea, London was about to enter the Swinging Sixties but in Eire, sex was seldom mentioned openly and especially not when it involved unmarried girls. Edna O’Brien’s novel about two girls who leave their convent upbringing and small village life in search of life and love in city, was castigated for daring to break the silence. O’Brien, who was living in London at the time, found her novel ban [...]

    25. La strada che va in città.È quella che percorrono - non solo fisicamente - Caithleen e Baba per evadere dalla cattolica campagna irlandese e arrivare fino a Dublino.Caithleen, capelli ramati e occhi verdi, introversa e romantica, e la sua amicanemica Baba, taglio sbarazzino e capelli scuri, esuberante e provocatoria, figlia di un ubriacone l'una e dello stimato veterinario del paese l'altra, rappresentano le due anime irrequiete della stessa Irlanda che, agli albori degli anni Sessanta, intrap [...]

    26. Ever have one of those books that make you wonder why you’ve heard so much about them but never read? This was one of them for me. After just a few chapters I couldn’t help feeling like a “right eejit” for not having picked up this book sooner. Described as a coming of age story of two Irish girls, the book is so much more than that. Caithleen and Baba are fourteen year olds who have spent ordinary lives in the country, trying to avoid drunken fathers as much as possible and get away fro [...]

    27. Las chicas de campo es una historia amable, sencilla, que sin embargo no deja de lado la crueldad de la vida cotidiana que a veces nos golpea desde diversos frentes, eso sí, tamizada por los ojos inocentes de una protagonista que está dejando de ser niña para comenzar a convertirse en mujer. El libro habla desde el interior y nos muestra la vida a través del tamiz de la personalidad de Cathleen, de la inocencia que la caracteriza, de su debilidad para dejarse manipular. Una historia atractiv [...]

    28. Interesting but incomplete; to be honest I spent most of the book wishing I was Kate just so I could give 'Baba' a well deserved kick in the pants rather than concentrating too hard on what I was reading. By small degrees though I was drawn into the story and I began to find Kate both interesting and engaging. I'll be reading the other books in the series which is a compliment to the skill of Edna O'Briens writing ability.Deceptively simple, this short little work was a very easy read. It depict [...]

    29. Edna O'Brien admitted later that with her novel, 'Country Girls' she had unwittingly created a storm ( her books publicly burned after scandalising her native Ireland !) as clearly she had touched a nerve and offended the sensibilities of so many in Ireland by describing a deeply gender-divided socio-cultural brutalised rural Ireland where men were omniscient and their women submissive as they cowered beneath their oppressive demands, physical and emotional. As if viewed through a sepia photogra [...]

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