||Minnie O'Brien's life spans the 20th century, from her early life when she married, was widowed, and struggled to raise her five sons, to her old age as she leaves what she has earned to her favorite. Written laboriously over the course of 12 years by the paraplegic author of the memoir UNDER THE EYE OF THE CLOCK, THE BANYAN TREE is an Irish epic.
||From the internationally acclaimed author of Under the Eye of the Clock, comes a novel of unsurpassed beauty and eloquence–a loving and gritty paean to the people and land of Ireland.Minnie O’Brien is a widow in her eighties fighting to keep her farm from the clutches of her avaricious neighbor. Her three grown children long since gone, she trudges through her daily chores in the hope that her prodigal youngest will one day return to claim his birthright. Lushly written and layered with folklore and the rhythms of ordinary life, this remarkable book weaves from present to past in a moving homage to the will of the individual spirit and the rich wisdom of the collective past.
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||Covering the eighty-plus years of the life of Minnie O’Brien, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the twentieth century. In prose as lushly layered as the land it describes, Nolan lovingly details the triumphs and tragedies of this spirited woman, who struggles to keep body and soul, as well as her modest hopes, alive. While her three grown children have long since moved away, she is determined to keep her family’s farm from the tightening grip of her unscrupulous neighbor, in the hope that one day her youngest will return to claim what is rightfully his. Weaving from the gentle world of Minnie’s youth to the harder realities of the present, this sage and soulful story pays homage to a feisty individual spirit as well as a rich collective past.