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The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs The much anticipated new novel from the literary world s master of storytelling Edna O Brien A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal Vlad a s

  • Title: The Little Red Chairs
  • Author: Edna O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780316378239
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The much anticipated new novel from the literary world s master of storytelling, Edna O Brien.A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal.Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enad tThe much anticipated new novel from the literary world s master of storytelling, Edna O Brien.A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal.Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enad that she begs him for a child All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution But it is not until she confronts him her nemesis at the tribunal in The Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climaxE LITTLE RED CHAIRS is a book about love, and the endless search for it It is also a book about mankind s fascination with evil, and how long, how crooked, is the road towards Home.

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    1. This book is a mess and I am puzzled by the many laudatory reviews, especially those in the newspapers, where it seems to be taken for granted that O’Brien can do no wrong. I found this a very flawed novel indeed. Ambitious certainly, and I can see that in addressing the problem of evil and the repercussions of the Balkan wars her intentions are admirable. But just because something's worth writing about doesn’t automatically make a novel successful. Divided into three unequal parts, it tell [...]

    2. Awesome writing, original idea for a plot, plucking the Butcher of Sarajevo down in a small Irish Village. Alas, after reading 50% I am abandon,g this one. I am too much of a wimpy reader, and the third very graphic description of violence has done me in. Others with stronger stomachs may take this on but not for me.

    3. Edna O'Brien's novels were once censored in her native Ireland. The graphic nature of her subject matter—the violent, shameful, behind-closed-doors reality of Irish rural and religious life—have shocked and scandalized since her fiction debut, The Country Girls in 1960. Now eighty-five, she continues to challenge our notions of innocence and guilt, of sex and desire, of politics and prose. The Little Red Chairs, her first novel in ten years, is classic O'Brien: terrible and beautiful, unsent [...]

    4. Red, as in Scarlet, Enraging, in Bloody, Ireland [updated 9/3/16] Warning: contains one of the most diabolical, horrendous acts of sexual violence against a female in all literature.Tell Me, Not Being a Student of History, Has a Super-Narcissist Leader Come into Power in the Last Two Centuries Whose Rule has Not Resulted in Multiple Tragedies on a Wide-Scale? [count me among those who'd never have voted for Hillary Clinton (because I hate liars), but for this voter's unwillingness to completely [...]

    5. I usually try not to write plot summaries in my reviews, but in the case of this novel I think a brief one is necessary if I'm going to explain how I felt about it. However, unlike the publisher in the marketing blurb, I will try not to spoil the whole thing for the reader.The Little Red Chairs begins in a small Irish town full of quirky small-town types, like Stars Hollow but with more nuns. A mysterious stranger named Vlad shows up and sets up shop as a "healer," with botanical remedies and ma [...]

    6. Edna O’Brien’s chilling new novel inspired by the life of Radovan Karadzic arrives just as the Butcher of Bosnia has finally been sentenced to 40 years in prison for genocide. If Karadzic’s long-delayed punishment brings some element of resolution to the Bosnian civil war, O’Brien’s novel picks at that war’s scars, forcing us to feel the lingering, outlying disfigurement wreaked by an evil man.Europeans are more likely than Americans to catch the poignant allusion in O’Brien’s ti [...]

    7. This is a terrible book with ludicrous characters BUT it's terrible in a really good way, and the ludicrous characters are never boring. It's as if master storyteller O'Brien were a master jazz pianist sitting down blindfolded in front of a deeply out of tune piano--it still sounds terrific. She riffs on anything she pleases, writing on and on about inconsequential trivia about characters who have no point being in this story. It feels like O'Brien just let any skinny bit of thought that came in [...]

    8. I finished this book with tears in my eyes, moved by its depth and the unexpected places it took me. There is a dreamlike quality to O’Brien’s storytelling. We are immediately dropped into the small and somewhat isolated Irish Village of Cloonoila, where one winter’s day, seemingly out of nowhere, a larger-than-life man arrives. This unusual man is a poet and new age healer who seems just what’s needed to add some spark to the lives of the villagers. But the new arrival, Vladimir Dragan, [...]

    9. Excellent and ambitious novel. My first by O'Brientely not my last. I am grateful to Constant Reader for this having been a group selection.The title of this book is explained at the outset which definitely flavors one's reading.On the 6th of April 2012, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the start of the siege of Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb forces, 11,541 red chairs,were laid out in rows along the eight hundred metres of the Sarajevo high street. One empty chair for every Sarajevan killed [...]

    10. Just random notes: The Bosnian war. Brutal, barbaric, shocking. Graphic.The mores and values of an Irish community: good and bad. A naive woman falls in love with a monster. She faces the consequences.London: war refugees from different countries relate their stories.A trial in The Hague concludes the book.And I just close the book exhausted, traumatized, and walk away, just as unsentimental as the author presented the tale.I need some air.

    11. I`m not really sure how I feel about this book. In parts shocking and brutal but written in such an emotionless way. Having never read Edna O`Brien before I don`t know her writing style but have to say this was not for me. I couldn`t connect to anyone and for me to love a book that`s what I have to do.

    12. My View:On the menu tonight; contemporary fiction deconstructed! What an interesting way to present a story! There are multiple points of views - the roll call includes the voices of individual characters and of the disenfranchised, the victims and survivors of many acts of atrocities in many regions and finally we hear the true voice of perpetrator when being held to account for his actions. The pace is erratic – unsettling but eventually compelling. Violence, love and compassion share the pa [...]

    13. 3.5 starsWow this is a tough one to rate. At 15% I almost abandoned this. Then I saw in another readers review that Juliet Stevenson was the audiobook narrator. As she is my favorite female narrator I decided to give the audio a go. I have seen several reviews that comment on the brutality of this and it is horribly brutal but that isn't why I was having problems. This reads (especially in the beginning) like a series of short stories or vignettes. The prose is breathtaking I had to rewind sever [...]

    14. The Little Red Chairs begins in a small Irish village where Fidelma, a restless beauty, falls in love with the mysterious stranger, Vlad, a self-proclaimed "healer" who appears seemingly from nowhere. Fidelma, dissatisfied with her life and her marriage, begs Vlad to help her conceive a child. After she becomes pregnant, it is discovered that Vlad is an infamous war criminal (from the Bosnian war). She is brutally tortured by his enemies and rejected by her husband and the town in which she has [...]

    15. Edna O'Brien's haunting new novel, her first in 10 years, draws its title from its epigraph: “On the 6th of April 2012, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the start of the siege of Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb forces, 11,541 red chairs were laid out in rows along the 800 meters of the Sarajevo high street. One empty chair for every Sarajevan killed during the 1,425 days of siege. Six hundred and forty-three small chairs represented the children killed by snipers and the heavy artillery fired f [...]

    16. When Vlad, an Eastern European, turns up in a small Irish village, he certainly stirs it out of its lethargy. He becomes known as the Doctor after setting himself up as a healer, and, being the Svengali figure that he is, he soon has the whole village under his spell, particularly the women. They are soon to discover however, that this charming man is a wanted war criminal. Fidelma McBride falls for his charms completely, she's besotted, but it will lead her into danger and change her life compl [...]

    17. Edna O’Brien tackles some tough problems. One, she tries to make sense of the modern world. She does a great job –as she has in the past—in showing the Ireland she knew as bigoted, small, and repressive. (I read her aurobiography last year, The Country Girl and enjoyed it.) In this novel, she creates an almost clichéd cast of characters: the unsatisfied middle aged house wife, the boozy and friendly publican. There’s no whore with a heart of gold, but there is a nun with a heart of gold [...]

    18. I waited three months on my library's waiting list to get this book and I am glad I did. I found it to be a very moving story about people who have lost everything and must find a new home and a new way to survive. It reminded me very much of Louise Erdrich's LaRose where people who have experienced tragedy must find a way to make a new life. Fidelma McBride is a poor young woman who marries up. The exchange of a new position in life for marriage is not a satisfactory one for her. She falls unde [...]

    19. It's tough to say everything I want to about this novel, because there's so much here worth talking about that I don't even know where to begin or how to condense my thoughts on this book into a -sized post. As much as I hate to do this, I think I'll link to my reading journal where I just begin to scratch its surface. No spoilers, and I will not divulge any more than is on the dustjacket blurb. I will say that despite a few issues with this novel, I was completely engrossed in this book, which [...]

    20. As a child of the fifties, and devout lapsed Catholic, I of course love much of Edna O'Brien's work and The Country Girls was really important to me. I found much to love, too, in the first part of this book where a war criminal lands up in a small Irish town filled with typical O'Brien characters, including Fidelma, who is one of the Country Girls grown up and married to one of those older, miserable husbands O'Brien specialises in. The way everyone gets on with, and is even excited by, a truly [...]

    21. Well, this book was disappointing. I have read several books set in the former Yugoslavia, all better than this book. (The Cellist of Sarajevo, The Tiger's Wife, People of the Book, etc.)It was like the author couldn't decide what kind of book to write, so she combined seemingly disparate elements that really are disparate for a reason! The little red chairs set up in Sarajevo to commemorate the dead. A small town in Ireland with a gossip mill. Immigration and poverty. Single parenting. Abortion [...]

    22. This is a tough one. O'Brien writes so beautifully. Her prose in Juliet Stevenson's mouth is a literary apotheosis; it is impossible not to give that performance all your attention and all your respect. This book often seems more like vignettes than a conventional novel, yet each of these miniatures leaps off the "page" (what is the audio equivalent? "Leaps off the app" just sounds wrong!), each one could be the seed, it seems, of a whole novel.As others have said, there are scenes of violence s [...]

    23. Many might be surprised that Edna O’ Brien has made these events the basis for her latest novel; The Little Red Chairs which is both beautiful and brutal. Written with O’Brien’s captivating, lyrical prose – this novel is both haunting and compelling, with this novel she shows herself to be a novelist still at the top of her game. Her descriptive powers remain sublime; it is with a keenly observant eye that she shows us both rural Ireland, and the London sprawl of dual carriageways, refug [...]

    24. What did I just read??I received the book for free from NetGalley and started reading it without any prior knowledge of it (or the genre or the author) whatsoever.I didn't get it at all -and literary fiction is my favourite genre! Can someone please explain what was going on? Poor, fake "oirish" accent, some bizzarre New Age healing and stupid writing. I will now read some reviews of it, trying to make sense of it all.

    25. The Little Red Chairs tells the story of Fidelma, an inhabitant of an Irish village who completely falls for a stranger, Dr Vlad. Fidelma starts an affair with him and even wants to have his child. There's something mysterious about Dr Vlad from the beginning and it is soon reveiled that he is a war criminal and Europe's most wanted man. He is discovered and captured quite soon. Things would have progressed quite differently for Fidelma if she wasn't pregnant with his child. She is tortured by h [...]

    26. The word’s that come to mind when describing this book would be “wolf in sheep's clothing”. A new healer comes to town and the people are taking in by this hippy. One woman becomes entangle and the aftermath for her is life changing. Note: My lovely home town gets a mentation in this novel but the spelling is a little different.

    27. Installment #5 of my tale of the April reading slump.This is the book that liberated me from the slump and in fact started me off on a reading streak of great books. This review was originally published at Litbreak.What if a war criminal appeared in your town and passed himself off as a poet and holistic healer? What if your town was a small isolated place and the man is handsome in a brooding mysterious way? It could happen that he would be secretly sought after by women with private troubles w [...]

    28. Finally, genuinely great book. The best read of the year so far. Partly because I'm extremely interest in both the psychology of evil and immigration experience, but mainly because it's oh so well written and it's such a great story. Based on Radovan Karadžić's Ireland exile/hiding years, this really is about a journey of a woman with whom he has an affair. In fact, The Butcher of Bosnia as he was alliteratively nicknamed, only has a tangential role, not much screen time as it were, but plenty [...]

    29. "The horror the horror"I know that for me this book did not work, it has many good attributes but it never managed to engage me with the main character or the message proposed by the book. Fidelma the main character is such a contradiction and so unintelligent sometimes it hurts. The village where the story starts is not real in all its minutiae, the locals discuss the Aenids And Didos dilema or spend time plying A Midsummer Night's Dream. This are not the normal endeavors of working people. Fid [...]

    30. This new book by Edna O'Brien is a study in personal journeys. Fidelma, who lives in the small Irish village of Cloonoila, is one of the many locals who fall under the spell of a mystery stranger who sets up as a healer. As a result of their relationship and its bitter aftermath, she leaves her home for London where she, and many others, start again with nothing. Through her many meetings we learn of the lives and backgrounds of those who bob to the surface again after their old lives have been [...]

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