The House of Splendid Isolation Author:Edna O'Brien Josie, the ailing, elderly inhabitant of an Irish country mansion, dwells in the shadowy world of remembered pain and loneliness. McGreevy, the terrorist, reintroduces the possibility of compassion and tenderness, but there is an inevitably violent conclusion to their understanding as the police net closes. With extraordinary skill and empathy, ... more »Edna O'Brien shows two faces of a divided land: the yearnings of a woman whose youthful joy was broken, and the intransigent idealism of her captor. Brave and moving, THE HOUSE OF SPLENDID ISOLATION is Edna O'Brien at her very best.« less
A haunting story of a life sadly lived. A good portayal of how the captive becomes enraptured with her captor.The setting is Ireland during it's struggle to free itself of the English dominance. Often it is difficult to decide whose side you are on in the greater struggle as well as in the personal struggle portrayed in the story. A definite 5 stars!