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The Heather Blazing

Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Colm Tóibín's The Heather Blazing details the life of Eamon Redmond, a judge in Ireland's high court, a man remote from his wife, his son and daughter and, at least outwardly, his own childhood.

The life he has built for himself, between his work in Dublin and his family's retreat by the sea at Cush, is distinguished by order and by achievement. When, like his beloved coastline, it begins to slip away, he is pulled sharply into the present and finds himself revisiting his past.

©1992 Colm Toibin (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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I mostly enjoyed this book. Colm Toibin is brilliant at bringing characters to life, and setting a believably accurate Irish scene. Stephen Hogan's narration was excellent and complimented or even enhanced Toibin's writing. What I could have done without, and so could his story, were the explicit sex descriptions. It made me cringeand didn't add much to the story. That was my only criticism and the reason for the four stars instead of five. Although this was written in the 1990's its topicality is as it's only just been written. The main character Eamon Redmond, a judge in a case that involves the expulsion of a girl from school because she has had a baby - relevant to the massive yes vote to abortion in Ireland, that has just taken place. It is just one example of past intolerance and cruelty to women/girls bearing children out of wedlock.

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