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Subject: Any other fans of Brendan O'Carroll?
Date Posted: 3/7/2008 4:17 PM ET
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I don't normally find fiction funny.  I read Agnes Browne by Brendan O'Carroll and it actually made me laugh.  Now I've finished the second book in the series "The Chisellers".  It's just as entertaining and well written.  O'Carroll can really write about families--the joys and tragedies--but boy, does he have a great touch with the humor.

Any other fans?

Subject: Yes!
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 7:10 PM ET
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I enjoyed The Mammy and I believe The Chisellers is the sequel. Its on my TBR shelf. I don't usually like comedy but do enjoy dry humor and being from England I related to some of the situations, mostly from hearing my parents and grandparents stories.
Subject: Agnes Browne....
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 7:13 PM ET
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is the aka for The Mammy. I was confused after I thought about your post some more! LOL
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:44 PM ET
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Yes, I guess they changed it to Agnes Browne for the US since the term Mammy isn't exactly a welcome one in the US.

I thought they were wonderful.  Novels don't usually make me laugh, but these two did.  I can still remember the first chapter of Agnes Browne where she tries to report her husband's death to the government on the exact day he died.  Really made me laugh!

Subject: Brendan O'Carroll
Date Posted: 3/20/2008 5:29 PM ET
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I LOVED the two books mentioned above! I understand there is another, but I can't recall the title. I haven't read it, but I'd sure like to. Anybody have any information on it?

Bev H.

Subject: The Granny...
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:46 PM ET
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is the third book. I have it on my TBR shelf. I finished The Chisselers and it was even better than the Mammy. I wish there were more!

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 9:58 PM ET
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Glad to see other fans of this series!  It was funny and endearing, without being sappy.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 1:14 AM ET
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I should know better than to read about more books when I have way too many on my TBR list but thanks to all of you I just ordered Mammy.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 6:38 AM ET
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And so another credit slips between my fingers. I just ordered Mammy, too. Thanks, Melody!

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 10:41 PM ET
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I just loved The Mammy, The Chisellers and The Granny!  They are so poignant and funny at the same time. I haven't read The Young Wans yet. Thanks for reminding me!

Also, there's a wonderful movie with Angelica Huston which is based on the first book: The movie is called Agnes Browne. HIghly recommended, if you can find it. It may only be available on vhs.

 

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 3:15 AM ET
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Les, I hope you like it.  Agnes is pretty endearing.

Ann, thanks for the recommendation.  I had seen the movie listed on Netflix, but I wasn't sure if it captured the spirit of the book.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:10 PM ET
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I just found the Young Wan which is a prequel to the other three books. I posted it on a seperate topic because I forgot about this one (I don't know how I could have since this is where I learned about these books). It is a wonderful book and I loved it!! Melody reminded me about this topic so I decided to post here also in case some of you don't know about it.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 3:55 PM ET
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Just a heads up for Brendan O'Carroll fans...I finished the Young Wan and it was wonderful.  At first, it's a little different because it starts out with Agnes' parents.  You soon get the feel for it.  It explains alot about Agnes Browne.  (it's on my bookshelf if anyone is interested, hardback, I was surprised it wasn't wish listed)

Date Posted: 11/27/2008 2:50 AM ET
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Hey all, I finished The Granny tonight, so now I've read all four.  What a really well written, funny, poignant series!  I really like the Browne's even with their flaws.  I think I'll miss 'em.

Date Posted: 11/27/2008 3:11 AM ET
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I finished all of them back in June and wish there were more of them. It was a great series!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 8:54 PM ET
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For anyone who is interested I posted a paperback copy of the Granny today.  I really enjoyed it, now I'm ready to share :)