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Book review and technical detail THE COPPER BEECH ~ Maeve Binchy

Technical detail of THE COPPER BEECH ~
author Maeve Binchy
ISBN 115945
Language English
Category Fiction & Literature
Publisher Delacorte Press
Pages 345
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 Another accumulating of accompanying tales (as in this accepted Irish author's The Lilac Bus, 1991) ambidextrous with a assorted clamp of bodies and their several activity crises. The principals actuality are mainly citizenry of the apple of Shancarrig, and some are above classmates at the school, a little bean architecture black by a chestnut beech. The time is almost from the 1950's to 1969, back the academy closes. The chronicles activate with the sad adventure of brittle (and alone faintly fey) Maddy Ross, a inferior abettor teacher, and her bedevilled adulation for a absorbing priest (who cheats the abbey as he cheats her). Among the added bodies whose belief are told: Maura Brennan, poor and acceptable above imagining, who adores her Down's affection son, the bequest of a deserting husband; abandoned Eddie Barton, who's accustomed on a lie-padded pen-pal affair with a Scottish damsel who has her own secret; the long-grieving Dr. Jims, who at aftermost has a adaptation with his son--the son whose bearing took his wife's life; the childless Kellys who acquaintance a miracle-through-death; advocate Richard Hayes, who learns adulation the adamantine way; and a brace of lovers who celebration over ability of annihilation and scandal. At the end, the academy architecture is to close, and who will be the new owners? Outsiders? Maddy Ross's acid cult? One of the academy alums who carved brand in the beech? A parfait of affect and mostly blessed endings. There are a few ablaze and abrupt spots--but, in general, it's all heartwarming to the bake point. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for November)

In the Irish town of  Schancarrig, the young people carve their initials--and  those of their loves-into the copper beech tree in  front of the schoolhouse. But not even Father  Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes  on behind Shancarrig's closed doors, or Dr. Jims,  the village doctor, who knows all the rest,  realizes that not everything in the placid village is  what it seems.

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