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Midwinter Break Audiobook

Midwinter Break

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Publisher's Summary

An intense exploration of love and uncertainty when a long-married couple, Gerry and Stella, take a midwinter break in Amsterdam to refresh the senses, do some sightseeing and generally take stock of their lives. Their relationship seems easy, familiar - but over its course we discover the deep uncertainties between them.

Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories that resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their vacation comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are - and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.

Bernard MacLaverty is a master storyteller, and this is the essential MacLaverty novel: compassionate observation, elegant writing and a heartrending story. It is also a profound examination of human love and how we live together - a chamber piece of resonance and power.

©2017 Bernard MacLaverty (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A work of extraordinary emotional precision and sympathy.... Full of scenes that are rendered with exquisite accuracy and care...this is a novel of great ambition by an artist at the height of his powers." (Colm Tóibín)

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    Caroline Orpington, United Kingdom 03/09/2017
    Caroline Orpington, United Kingdom 03/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not great"

    There was a lot I really liked about this book. As a portrait of a long-standing marriage it was very convincing. The little habits a couple develop and the fact that you can enjoy certain things about a partner whilst feeling discontented really rang true. For me the thing that let it down were that the main aspects of the characters and the reason for the conflict between them - Gerry's alcoholism and Stella's Catholicism - seemed a bit stereotypical for an Irish couple and so made them seem less believable and a bit shallow.

    It was very well narrated though.

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    peter Plymouth, United Kingdom 08/11/2017
    peter Plymouth, United Kingdom 08/11/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Best listen of 2017"

    This is a beautiful book. The writing is elegant, direct and vivid. The two characters are, like most of us full of faults but full of goodness. The story is both small and personal, and political in the sense that it is love story set against the background and aftermath of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, though virtually all the action takes place in Holland.

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    Dr 10/10/2017
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    "I lost the will to continue!"

    I found this book bland and boring. However, I did not get that far and maybe something exciting happens later. Nothing to suggest it though so didn’t want to waste any more of my time. Not my sort of book!

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    Anonymous 14/09/2017
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    "A beautiful book"

    Wise and thought provoking. Beautifully written and beautifully read. Skillful and perceptive descriptions of emotions and of place.

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    "Dreary tale about sad people"

    The narration was excellent but I had little empathy with either of the two main characters, an alcoholic retired architect who put up with his miserable wife who wanted to ditch her husband to become a religious recluse.

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