#Ireland Anne Griffin
- Author: Anne Griffin
- Title: When All is Said
- Published: 2019
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- This book will appeal to many lovers of a well-written
- sentimental story about a 84 yr old Irishman
- sitting in a hotel bar…toasting ‘for the last time’
- the 5 most important people in his life.
Motif: Five monologues are linked by the presence of a stolen coin.
- The first 2 toasts (Tony, brother and Molly, sister still-born)
- were the best.
- Was that a tear I pinked away
- ..or a speck of dust in my eye?
- Whatever it was…I felt very moved by these chapters.
- Unfortunately after 50 % of the book….I lost interest.
- his story really had no direction, no progression at all
- …especially since the reader already knows
- …the ending from the get-go.
- The last toasts felt like ‘filler’
- …for instance the long toast about
- …the first day Maurice met his wife.
- As Montaigne once said:
- “Those who have A thin body fill it out with padding.
- Those who have slim substance….swell it out with words.”
- I will be curious if this new book will make it on to
- longlists for Irish book awards. It wouldn’t surprise if it did.
- I just am not a fan on sugar-spin sweet stories.
- I like a bit more ‘bite’.
- We don’t become our wisest selves without effort.
- It requires us to become skilled…
- in managing our emotions,
- in forming intimate relationships.
- and at times..in letting go.
- After learning these life lessons
- …Maurice is ready to share them with the reader.
- This is a powerful debut novel.
- It is good….but not great.
- Perfect reading for the beach or in waiting-rooms.