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The Story of Lucy Gault

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ISBN13: 9780142003312
ISBN10: 014200331x
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Awards

Shortlisted for the 2002 Booker Prize
A New York Times Notable Book for 2002

Review-A-Day

"Exile, guilt, the peculiar (peculiarly Irish) fatalism that guilt engenders, and the ordinary antidotes for these griefs...are the subjects and themes of The Story of Lucy Gault, but they are hardly the sum of its effect. For in his stately depiction of a tragic tale that might, in other hands, seem overwrought, perhaps even overdetermined, Trevor has once again captured the terrible beauty of Ireland's fate, and the fate of us all — at the mercy of history, circumstance, and the vicissitudes of time." Alice McDermott, Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the award-winning author of Felicia's Journey and My House in Umbria, a new novel that "may well be his masterpiece" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane's inhabitants for the rest of their lives.

Review:

"One of Trevor's finest works....Few living writers are capable of such mournful depth as William Trevor, and here he has given us an evensong to time itself." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Mr. Trevor's pure observation and transparent prose should shame other writers." New York Sun

Review:

"The Story of Lucy Gault...once read, will never be forgotten." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Beautifully drawn and revelatory." Harper's Magazine

Review:

"A moving tale of history gone wrong and tragedy redeemed....Trevor's thirthieth — and one of his best. Though faintly mannered and stiff in the telling, it's a beautiful story of history, grief, and forgiveness." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This beautiful, haunting story of love and redemption rings with the resonance of a legend." Brad Hooper, Booklist

Review:

"As the author delicately probes the nature of personal and political responsibility, the reader squirms with discomfort, longing for a scapegoat and yet aware of the implications of that longing." The New Yorker

Review:

"Trevor is one of the finest prose stylists writing today....This novel...could well have been penned by the Russian master....Trevor's deeply poetic sense of the Irish character and countryside...[has] never been more eloquent. This is a book to be quietly cherished." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Trevor's smooth, spare prose captures the quirky workings of the heart, and compassion for the human condition mitigates the harsh blows that fate often deals his characters." Library Journal

Review:

"Often spoken of in the same breath as...Chekov, Trevor shares [his] subtlety, and, like [him], is able to create distinct and mysterious worlds." National Post

Review:

"Trevor, one of the finest writers in the English-speaking world, can sum up a decade in a sentence....It seems like minutes until [the novel is] over." The Hamilton Spectator

Review:

"Now, more than ever, when it so often appears that we are inundated with...lies told by our government, by corporate CEOs, by the popular media — the meticulous fidelity to truth embodied in [this novel] seems especially valuable and refreshing." Francine Prose, Harper's Magazine

Review:

"Enormities come without warning, never a decibel louder than anything else, from this writer who has long had more in common with Alfred Hitchcock than some of the chroniclers of Irish life with whom he is frequently grouped." Thomas Mallon, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The Story of Lucy Gault has many of Trevor's trademarks, a simply affecting and unadorned prose not least among them....You have to take Trevor's hand and allow him to lead you along, trusting that, by the end, you will be wiser. The likelihood is, you'll be sadder as well." Cressida Connolly, Literary Review

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Felicia's Journey and My House in Umbria, a new novel that "may well be his masterpiece" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Synopsis:

The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane's inhabitants for the rest of their lives.

About the Author

Sir William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books and has received numerous literary awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction.

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Kristen M, February 7, 2010 (view all comments by Kristen M)
This book read a lot like a short story (Trevor's specialty). A very long time period was covered in less than 250 pages but I didn't feel like anything was missing. It was a good study in emotion, blame and coping and did a good job of showing the different points of view and effects of a single choice.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142003312
Author:
Trevor, William
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
August 26, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.37 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142003312 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Exile, guilt, the peculiar (peculiarly Irish) fatalism that guilt engenders, and the ordinary antidotes for these griefs...are the subjects and themes of The Story of Lucy Gault, but they are hardly the sum of its effect. For in his stately depiction of a tragic tale that might, in other hands, seem overwrought, perhaps even overdetermined, Trevor has once again captured the terrible beauty of Ireland's fate, and the fate of us all — at the mercy of history, circumstance, and the vicissitudes of time." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "One of Trevor's finest works....Few living writers are capable of such mournful depth as William Trevor, and here he has given us an evensong to time itself."
"Review" by , "Mr. Trevor's pure observation and transparent prose should shame other writers."
"Review" by , "The Story of Lucy Gault...once read, will never be forgotten."
"Review" by , "Beautifully drawn and revelatory."
"Review" by , "A moving tale of history gone wrong and tragedy redeemed....Trevor's thirthieth — and one of his best. Though faintly mannered and stiff in the telling, it's a beautiful story of history, grief, and forgiveness."
"Review" by , "This beautiful, haunting story of love and redemption rings with the resonance of a legend."
"Review" by , "As the author delicately probes the nature of personal and political responsibility, the reader squirms with discomfort, longing for a scapegoat and yet aware of the implications of that longing."
"Review" by , "Trevor is one of the finest prose stylists writing today....This novel...could well have been penned by the Russian master....Trevor's deeply poetic sense of the Irish character and countryside...[has] never been more eloquent. This is a book to be quietly cherished."
"Review" by , "Trevor's smooth, spare prose captures the quirky workings of the heart, and compassion for the human condition mitigates the harsh blows that fate often deals his characters."
"Review" by , "Often spoken of in the same breath as...Chekov, Trevor shares [his] subtlety, and, like [him], is able to create distinct and mysterious worlds."
"Review" by , "Trevor, one of the finest writers in the English-speaking world, can sum up a decade in a sentence....It seems like minutes until [the novel is] over."
"Review" by , "Now, more than ever, when it so often appears that we are inundated with...lies told by our government, by corporate CEOs, by the popular media — the meticulous fidelity to truth embodied in [this novel] seems especially valuable and refreshing."
"Review" by , "Enormities come without warning, never a decibel louder than anything else, from this writer who has long had more in common with Alfred Hitchcock than some of the chroniclers of Irish life with whom he is frequently grouped."
"Review" by , "The Story of Lucy Gault has many of Trevor's trademarks, a simply affecting and unadorned prose not least among them....You have to take Trevor's hand and allow him to lead you along, trusting that, by the end, you will be wiser. The likelihood is, you'll be sadder as well."
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of Felicia's Journey and My House in Umbria, a new novel that "may well be his masterpiece" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
"Synopsis" by ,
The stunning new novel from highly acclaimed author William Trevor is a brilliant, subtle, and moving story of love, guilt, and forgiveness. The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of violence leads the parents of nine-year-old Lucy to decide to leave for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. On the day before they are to leave, Lucy runs away, hoping to convince her parents to stay. Instead, she sets off a series of tragic misunderstandings that affect all of Lahardane's inhabitants for the rest of their lives.

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