Tuesday, June 17, 2008

International Book Club - Star of the Sea

Tomorrow's meeting of the New Orleans International Book Club, finds me actually having had completed this month's selection. Hurrah! My brief thoughts on "Star of the Sea":
There are few events in history more compelling than the Irish Potato Famine, or The Great Hunger, or The Starvation, depending on where your politics fall. The author makes it clear with his persuasive language, that his heart and sympathies lay with the starving Irish. That said, the story itself is choppy with significant changes in the narration. The ending was unsatisfying, but may have been purposefully left so as real life rarely wraps up neatly. This book was clearly well researched and it is a truly moving story. Historical fiction at its best.

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