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The Mermaids Singing
The Mermaids Singing
Author: Lisa Carey
There is an island off the west coast of Ireland called Inis Murúch -- the Island of the Mermaids -- a world where myth is more powerful than truth, and love can overcome even death. It is here that Lisa Carey sets her lyrical and sensual first novel, weaving together the voices and lives of three generations of Irish and Irish-American wom...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380815593
ISBN-10: 0380815591
Publication Date: 11/1/2001
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 8
Overall, an enjoyable book. However, with the back of the book stating that it was about "relationships between mothers and daughters," I expected a book that was much more wholesome then this book was. The dynamics of the relationships between these women was fractured and flawed, and the book is about the struggles that exist and harm within those relationships. There is also alot of sexual innuendo in this book that was very unexpected and a bit overdone in the frequency of it, and I hesitate to say it was done tastefully - it often made me feel as if I was reading a romance novel. On a positive note, the writing is very good and the author does incorporate several motifs and metaphors that provide a nice allegorical undercurrent to the text, which I appreciate. Overall, I would recommend this book to individuals who perhaps enjoy a stary that focuses on a tragic story, and one who enjoys romances as well as literature! I give it a mediocre recommendation becuase the book is very well-written though the stock discription is misleading in terms of the books content and the sexual innuendo is too overdone.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book grabbed me in from the first page and I did not have to work at it to stay interested. It is the story of three generations of women from an Irish island; their relationships and the mistakes they make in them. There is so much love in this book; between mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, man and woman, man and his homeland. I cried when I finished it. A very beautiful story.
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Helpful Score: 3
Anyone interested in a mother/daughter story or who loves tales of the Irish coast will enjoy this book. Vivid descriptions of an Irish isle enhance the story. Beautiful Irish names and legends provide
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Helpful Score: 2
Complex and heady, this novel focuses on three generations of Irish/Irish-American women. The fluid narrative shifts among years and the voices of its compelling characters. Cl!ona's story is both past and present, memory and chronicle. She is a strong woman who understands that life is made up of mistakes and compromises, and that no two people see things the same way. Grace, her daughter, is wild, willful, and promiscuous, unable to commit herself to anyone but her daughter, Grade inne. Grade inne is seeking her place in a world she doesn't quite trust. Although Grace dies at the beginning of the book, her presence is felt throughout; Grade inne must come to terms with the beloved mother who deceived her about her past, and Grace herself narrates the chapters about her rebellious youth. Cl!ona struggles to bond with her granddaughter as she failed to with her daughter. This involving intergenerational saga looks at challenges and misunderstandings, connections made and broken, family lost and found. Teens will empathize with Grade inne as she tries to come to terms with her mother's death and her own life.
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Helpful Score: 2
Lovely story, well-written.
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