The Good People

The Good People

Book - 2017
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Three women in nineteenth-century Ireland bond over a shared effort to rescue a child from a superstitious community that believes that his trauma-related inability to speak indicates that he is a changeling responsible for a series of misfortunes.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316243964
0316243965
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ken
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm

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Nov 24, 2017

I have to admit I approached Kent's novel with some suspicion. How would she treat this subject, and her characters? With a superior sort of condescension, a distant "educated" view of these illiterates, grimed by endless toil? I know my sources too, and would she get the lore right? Well, here's what I learned: when hesitant, dive in! This woman is a remarkable writer, and though I've not read anything else by her I truly treasure what she has accomplished with this novel. It weaves together so many strands, and reading her you get a history, and a time all playing out before you, and like another writer I love, Emma Donoghue, Kent transported me to pre-famine Ireland in a way that was nearly total. And like the people who live close to the land, she brings us the feels, smells and sights of the changing days as the people notice and experience them. For the majority of white western culture, whose brains have been marinated in Enlightenment thinking these last centuries, world views that encompass the non-linear, or "irrational" can seem mad. Sadly the rationalist view cannot allow for the possibility of another way of knowing. Ireland and parts of Scotland may have been the last hold outs in European culture that held this view, though we see by the end of the book those ways are already straining credulity among the city dwellers. I am glad to have met the whole village she brought me, and non more than the old healer Nance Roche. Highly recommended.

ehbooklover Oct 12, 2017

This a powerful book about superstition in 19th Century Ireland. It caused me to feel many different emotions: pity, anger, frustration, and sadness to name just a few. As with Kent's previous novel (Burial Rites), this title is based on a true story and it is absolutely beautifully written.

LoganLib_Dove May 06, 2017

This book is an amazing exploration of the Irish culture and the fascination with fairies. The book explores three women's lives affected by a child they believed to be a changling. This world is enchanting and disturbing, and very very humanising. I couldn't put this book down.

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