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The Banyan Tree Nolan, Christopher 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385720688
ISBN-13: 9780385720687
Sku: 30845581
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  384
Age Range:  NA
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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.
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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.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.
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.


Kirkus Reviews
"[A] spectacularly vivid and lyrical first novel....Nolan's is essentially a sacramental view of even the humblest points at which the human, natural, and imagined worlds intersect..., and his first fiction offers the exhilaration and instruction of viewing 'everyday' things from an utterly fresh perspective....[A] work of truly individual genius." 03/15/2000

New York Times Book Review
"Nolan writes with verve--his sentences have great brio and his vocabulary is inventive. Sometimes, though, the self-consciously Joycean linguistic flourishes obscure and undermine his narrative....While his language can be overstated, Nolan's story is appealingly understated....At the end of Joyce's PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, the protagonist leaves his mother in Ireland as he goes to travel the world; Nolan has given us a version of her story." - Meghan O'Rourke 03/26/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0384
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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