Troubles - W&N Essentials (Paperback)
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WINNER OF THE 1970 BOOKER PRIZE

'And so at the Majestic everything returned to the way it had been before. The gleaming tiles became dulled. Sofas as sleek as prize cattle lost their glow.'

1919, the Majestic Hotel in Kinalough, Ireland. Haunted war veteran Major Brendan Archer arrives to marry Angela Spencer, daughter of the house. But his fiancee is strangely altered, and her family's fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline.

The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating; its few remaining guests thrive on rumours and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. And outside the order of the British Empire totters, as the violence of 'the troubles' mounts.

'A work of genius' Guardian

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474603423
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A work of genius * Guardian *
One of the finest novels of the past 50 years * Mail on Sunday *
Funny, sad and beautifully written; prescient, wise, original and unexpectedly eccentric -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
TROUBLES has everything: great story, compelling characters, believable dialogue and big ideas. It's a book good enough to win the Booker in any year. Not just 1970. * GUARDIAN *
Like Fawlty Towers written by Evelyn Waugh -- Rachel Cooke * Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival *
No finer work has ever been written about this transitional period in Irish history: it remains a landmark in 20th-century Irish literature, and one that deserves to win The One And Only Great Retrospective Booker * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
Farrell's vision and voice are unique, inimitable -- John Banville
It's funny, sad and beautifully written; it's prescient, wise, original and unexpectedly eccentric. Vote JG, I say. Or even better, just read him. -- Rachel Cooke * OBSERVER *
Troubles has everything: great story, compelling characters, believable dialogue and big ideas. It's a book good enough to win the Booker in any year. Not just 1970. -- John Crace * GUARDIAN *
Like Fawlty Towers written by Evelyn Waugh -- Rachel Cooke * Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, 2010 *
'I can't praise this book enough. It's a good rule that reviewers should be forbidden from using the word "genius"...But it's hard to know what else to say when faced with a book like Troubles. There's no avoiding it. JG Farrell was a genius.' -- Sam Jordison * GUARDIAN BOOKS BLOG *
No finer work has ever been written about this transitional period in Irish history: it remains a landmark in 20th-century Irish literature, and one that deserves to win The One And Only Great Retrospective Booker. -- Kevin Myers * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
Troubles stands up at every stage. It has a fine beginning and a brilliant ending, and is sustained throughout by this wit, laughter and intelligence. -- Tobias HIll * INDEPENDENT *
meaty and magnificent?He [Farrell] is a master at controlling pace, and his writing is satisfyingly solid. He is capable of the most vigorous farce, and then he will bring things to the knife edge of tragedy?a fine and fitting winner. -- Philip Womack * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Poignant, meticulously observed, often hilarious, it is one of the finest novels of the past 50 years. -- Simon Shaw * MAIL ON SUNDAY *

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“Absurd and Amusing”

A very enjoyable novel with a truly Irish character, and shades of Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett. "Troubles" pushes reality to the edge but doesn't topple over. It has an engaging plot,... More

Hardback edition
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Michael Rothwell

“First in lost Empire trilogy”

The Majestic hotel and would-be retirement home for well-heeled spinsters is the static setting for this 440pp novel written with fine élan by the late James Gordon Farrell -public school educated and Oxford. A skill... More

Paperback edition
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“The book draws you in, knowing what will come, but not how it will come.”

This is not ‘The Troubles’, nor is this set in the 1970s, but rather in 1919-20. ‘The Major’ is an up standing, recently war-retired English chap, who visits Ireland to meet up with the girl to whom he became... More

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