Year 5, Book 24

24. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Wow, it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a book review. I would like to say it’s just because I’m backed up in my reviews, but sadly it is because I have not been reading much of late. And the pathetic reason for that is my attempt to catch up on all 6 seasons of Lost before the series finale. So I’ve spent way too much of my life recently watching episodes of Lost instead of doing other more edifying things like reading. Thankfully I am all caught up now, so I can get back to reading.

Like The South, I read Brooklyn because Colm Toibin was speaking at my library. Happily I enjoyed Brooklyn much more than I liked The South. The book follows a young woman named Eilis who emigrats from Enniscorthy, Ireland to Brooklyn. I felt a great fondness for this book while reading it, which only increased after attending a book discussion on it and listening to Toibin speak about it. As someone in the book discussion pointed out the ending paragraph of this book is hauntingly beautiful in the same way the ending lines of The Great Gatsby are. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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