Volgspot Op een ochtend vlak voor Kerstmis nadat er een zware storm over Londen is geraasd zoekt een oudere vrouw haar weg door de stad Een ware sneeuwjacht van herinneringen aan de hoogte en dieptepunten i

  • Title: Volgspot
  • Author: Joseph O'Connor Harm Damsma Niek Miedema
  • ISBN: 9789041416353
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Op een ochtend, vlak voor Kerstmis, nadat er een zware storm over Londen is geraasd, zoekt een oudere vrouw haar weg door de stad Een ware sneeuwjacht van herinneringen aan de hoogte en dieptepunten in haar leven trekt door haar hoofd, haar eens zo glansrijke carri re, de bijzondere momenten en zware beproevingen.Als jonge actrice krijgt Molly Allgood een verhouding metOp een ochtend, vlak voor Kerstmis, nadat er een zware storm over Londen is geraasd, zoekt een oudere vrouw haar weg door de stad Een ware sneeuwjacht van herinneringen aan de hoogte en dieptepunten in haar leven trekt door haar hoofd, haar eens zo glansrijke carri re, de bijzondere momenten en zware beproevingen.Als jonge actrice krijgt Molly Allgood een verhouding met de zestien jaar oudere John Synge, de huisschrijver van het theater waaraan Molly is verbonden Synge is een po et die zich uit in onstuimige taal en wordt gedreven door stormachtige passies Maar zijn leven wordt ingeperkt door de s van zijn tijd en beheerst door zijn godvruchtige moeder.Molly is een opstandig, sensueel en levenslustig meisje dat ervan droomt te schitteren in Amerika Ze heeft tientallen aanbidders op het toneel, maar achter de schermen heeft ze alleen oog voor haar minnaar John Hun verhouding, die door vrienden en familie wordt afgekeurd, en tegengewerkt, kent een turbulent, soms wreed, maar ook dikwijls teder verloop.Volgspot is de geschiedenis van een tomeloze liefde, van scheiding en verzoening, en van de moed die nodig is om volstrekt voor eigen rekening te leven Het is een diep ontroerende roman vol bruisende taal en onvergetelijke personages een hommages aan het vertellen zelf.

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    1. Dublin 1907, a young Irish actress embarks on a doomed affair with John Millington Synge, the Irish playwright. In the 1950s an old, impoverished woman makes her way across London, reminscing about her glory days as an acclaimed actress and her relationship with the enigmatic Synge. This is a demanding read, more like poetry than prose, requiring the reader to slow down and savour every word, even having to reread sections at times. The second person narration also requires some effort on the re [...]

    2. Joseph O’Connor has fashioned a marvelous novel, a reimaging of the love affair of John Millington Synge – the famous playwright of Playboy of the Western World and other fine works – and the younger, less well-stationed Molly Allgood, who performed under the name of Maire O’Neill.“Certain biographers will want to beat me with a turf shovel,” O’Connor states in his aftermath. Indeed, in reading that aftermath, this is not the book for those who are seeking a historically-correct lo [...]

    3. Beautiful evocation of Edwardian Dublin and the love affair between playwright J.M. Synge and Abbey Theatre actress Maire O'Neill. The author used complicated tense changes [present for Synge's or Maire's present--1907 until his death for him; the year 1952 for her] and past for each of their pasts. An omnipotent narrator who will be returning from time to time, starts out by addressing Maire as "You" [he/she is talking to her] and we see that in 1952 London, Maire is a has-been actress and alco [...]

    4. Brilliant Writing But Difficult ReadingI really enjoyed O'Connor's 'Star of the Sea' and was eager to read 'Ghost Light'. This novel is a fictionalization of the life of Molly Allgood, who was in love with and engaged to John Synge the Irish playwright at the time of his death. O'Connor introduces us to Molly who is now sixty five years old living in London, the year is 1952. She is alone and lives in a less than desirable part of the city, she drinks gin to ease her mind and sometimes drinks to [...]

    5. This is the first book by Joseph O’Connor (yes, he’s the brother of Sinead O’Connor) I’ve read, but I can tell you, it won’t be the last. I loved Ghost Light, and I intend on investigating this wonderful Irish author further. Joseph O’Connor’s writing runs the gamut from non-fiction and journalism to screenplays, stage plays, and novels, of which Ghost Light is his seventh.Ghost Light revolves around the great Irish playwright (and co-founder, with William Butler Yeats and Lady Gre [...]

    6. Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor is a brilliant and complex book. It is one of the best books I have read in the last five years. The language is poetic and hallucinatory and this is a book where one can't skip passages or lines. Every word is necessary and the whole is a gift put together with the greatest care and love.The novel is about a grand love affair between Molly Allgood, an actress (stage name Maire O'Neill) and the playwright John Synge, most well-known for his play, Playboy of the Wes [...]

    7. It took me a few attempts to get into it but I blame that on lack of sleep rather than the book itself. The style of writing requires slow reading and a lot of concentration so that you don't miss any of the beautifully written prose. The main character is Molly Allgood, an Irish actress living in London with little money at her disposal. The book reminises about her life and her relationship with Synge. Through the course of the book we realise that Molly is the ever optimist and even though sh [...]

    8. There are some really wonderful, evocative lines & passages in this book, but at page 109, I'm generally bored. I don't really feel any connection between the 2 main characters, just as in the main I feel that I am reading words, rather than being caught up in a story, a life, someone's actual thoughts & experiences. Perhaps that's what the author intends- after all the 2 'lovers' are an actress & playwrite he trying to comment on/evoke the notion of them living as if in a play? Well [...]

    9. At first, I was disappointed by the novel but I soon realised I was wrong. It is ostensibly about Molly, Synge's lover but it is also about old age, memory, moments in time, our lives and the living of them. Our awareness of beauty, pain and the natural world. It is about the comforts of being human and the indominatable spirit of people. I loved it.It is so well-written and structured. A delight!

    10. I had a really hard time getting through this book. The abstract had me all excited to read the story of John Millington Synge and the woman he was engaged to at the time of his death, but that felt more like the secondary plot of Ghost Light. The story is told through the eyes of Synge's fiancée, Molly Allgood, a.k.a. Maire O'Neill. We follow her through a drunken day in London, and every so often she breaks through her alcoholic haze and gives us glimpses into her past. We see her as an up-an [...]

    11. Is 'hated it' too strong a statement? I made a very important decision half way through - I decided to give up! I weighed up the pros and cons and realised not only is life too short to stuff a mushroom - it's also too short to wade through treacle! It's extremely rare that I give up on a book - the last one being around 2003 but I found this just didn't work for me on any level - yes, it's poetic/lyrical but if I want to read a poem I'll pick up a book of poetry - by the time you've digested th [...]

    12. I really didn't enjoy this book. I felt that the story didn't flow and it didn't help that it was written as if you are talking to the main character and recounting her story back to her. There were a lot of loose ends in that many of the characters were never fleshed out (ie the main characters daughter, son, husband). I found it hard to like any of the characters and only had a bit of empathy towards the end. I found it a very irritating read and struggled to finish it. Very disappointing.

    13. I chose this book based on a rave blurb by Danny Boyle, but wish I'd read further about the theme. This is a genre that I hardly ever read, and very seldom enjoy: fictionalized biographies where the author admittedly takes liberties with fact. Even one as well written as Ghost Light contains certain limitations that are hard to overlook. The potential is here for a ripping good story since the theater is a notorious hotbed of passions and intrigue, with interesting personalities to flesh it out. [...]

    14. I admit, I probably didn't give it a chance. As soon as I noticed the gimmicky way of writing I skim read the book. I just can't help it, I can imagine the author of the book going "Ooh, this will win lot of awards, I put together some quirky stuff with no commas in random order. Yeah, that'll do it."

    15. I stumbled across this book quite by chance. Some librarian had placed it face out on one of the library shelves to attract attention. I checked it out without knowing what it was about. Why? I was fascinated that the blurbs on the back of the book just raved about the beautiful writing - that they read it for the sheer pleasure. That intrigued me. The idea of reading a book where every sentence and every word was carefully crafted sounded lovely.I was not disappointed.The book is a fiction stor [...]

    16. “In the top floor room of the dilapidated townhouse across the Terrace, a light has been on all night.” – this is how Joseph O’Connor opens his novel Ghost Light.Ghost Light was a book that squeezed me by the heart several times. I was left restless and facing emotions I did not want to face while reading it, because of the richness of its style, the masterful narration, and the vivid characters. The scenes describing Marie O’Neill as a poor alcoholic who is left to the elements, so to [...]

    17. Having read and loved, Joseph O'Connors, 'Star of the Sea',only to be then disappointed by 'The Salesman',I decided to read Ghost Light hoping to find the wonderful storytelling and writing I found in Star of the sea. To be honest, I found this book very slow at the start and felt I was not enjoying it when suddenly half way through I realised I was engrossed by the character of Molly Allgood who we read about as a young,beautiful and naive actress who falls in love with renowned Irish playwrite [...]

    18. I learned of O'Connor in my search to read more about Ireland. One review I read mentions it being the kind of book where you find yourself reading passages aloud to someone; reading and rereading sentences. It happened to me. Fiction but based on the noted Irish playwright and novelist J. M. Synge and his young lover, Molly, I now also have an interest in learning more about Synge who died at age 37. and I will read more by O'Connor. I gave up recording quotes I liked.ere were too many - some l [...]

    19. Joseph O'Connor continues to be one of my favorite authors. His prose is beautiful, it sparkles with originality. Ghost light features Molly Allgood, an actress engaged to Irish playwright John Synge and the inspiration for his character 'Pegeen' in The Playboy of the Western World.Not meant to be taken as fact, O'Connor imagines their affair and takes it from their first meeting to Allgood's final day. Irreverent and competitive with her older sister, also an actress, we follow Molly through he [...]

    20. 0'Connorov stil pisanja prepun predivnih i slikovitih misli ,doista je vrijedan poštovanja,nožalost,mene nije previše impresionirao.U nekim djelovima prilično pretjeruje sa apstrakcijama i bio mi je teže čitljiv,da ne kažem-naporan.Ipak,lijepa je to priča o kompliciranoj ljubavnoj vezi glumice i pisca,smještena na sam početak 20 ,dok je društvo još prilično marilo za moralne,klasne i ostale norme,koje je neobičnom paru otežavalo mogućnost zajedničkog života.Unatoč mnogobrojnim [...]

    21. *An old miner kissing her hand. Coal dust under his fingernails. Withered shamrock in his cap. You peer at your bony knuckles, see the fossil of a bird's wing. Can they remember they were once kissed in Pennsylvania?*You listen for his forgiveness as you stand in the street and it comes to you in the stillness of the snow on the railings.

    22. Another brilliant novel by Joseph O'ConnorTells the story of the young actress Molly Allgood who has an ongoing realtionship with the Irish Playwright, John Synge who is at the very least a troubled genius. This is a profoundly moving and ultimately uplifting book. It should be considered for the Booker Award this year.

    23. I think this book probably deserves more than one star but I found it really tiresome after reading too many similar books. Cliches and stereotypes are based on fact, but they are still boring.

    24. This was one of the rare times I gave up on a book before the halfway point. Between the main character's mind drifting in and out of the present, and the fractured narrative, I just couldn't do it.

    25. Very disappointing - apparently you "get" this book only if you know Irish playwright John Syngewhich I don't

    26. Beautiful writing, but I don't believe anyone ever talked liked most of the characters in this book most of the time ever. I also didn't believe a lot of Molly's inner narrative. This book was written from a very male point of view despite its use of a female narrator/protagonist, and a view heavily borrowed from James Joyce at that (particularly, Joyce's rendering of Molly Bloom in Ulysses). I would like to read one or two more of O'Connor's books to see what his writing style is generally like [...]

    27. This is a magical book, a fictionalized story of the Irish playwright John Synge's affair with Molly Allgood, an actress from the seedy side of Dublin. Synge wrote the famous drama "Playboy of the Western World," which provoked riots when it was first staged at the Abbey Theatre. I purchased the book in Dingle, and began it while we were still in Ireland. It is atmospheric, a dreamy stream-of-consciousness story, told in Molly's vivid voice. The book was chosen as a "One City, One Book" title a [...]

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