Almost There

Almost There

The Onward Journey of A Dublin Woman

Large Print - 2003
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In Almost There, O'Faolain begins her story from the moment her life began to change in all manner of ways-subtle, radical, predictable, and unforeseen. It is a provocative meditation on the "crucible of middle age"-a time of life that forges the shape of the years to come, that clarifies and solidifies one's relationships to friends and lovers (past and present), family and self.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : RB Large Print, 2003
ISBN: 9781402558405
1402558406
Branch Call Number: LP 070.92 O'FA 3564
Characteristics: p. cm

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raybabes Oct 01, 2015

Nuala is a complex person; humble and honest at the same time, somewhat self centered. While she is interesting and gives philosophical insights, she has not grown from her journey in life. Especially at the end where she is so hostile acting out her own childhood deprivation on to the 8 yr old daughter of her lover. In the interview before her death it seems to me that if life is a "classroom" she has learned nothing from her journey. This is still a good read and very engrossing.

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Jun 23, 2012

This memoir has a lot to offer, about love, literary success, family, and growing old alone, among other things. Occasionally I found it troubling, it maybe taking a few too many steps over the fine line between tact and truth. But that's the occupational hazard of memoirs, I guess, and Nuala talks quite a bit about this very thing, the toes she stepped on, for instance, because of her earlier memoir, "Are You Somebody?"

That book became an international best-seller, and the impact of this on her personal life provides the main plot-line, as it were, of "Almost There." In the course of telling us that story Nuala says much, wonderfully well, about much else.

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Jun 23, 2012

"If there is a God, he must be exhausted by the vigor with which his creatures grasp onto their destiny and try to make it make sense, even to the point of spelling it out to a stranger." (p.129)

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errington
Jun 23, 2012

"I called my novel 'My Dream of You,' which is a phrase with multiple resonances in a poem by Montale. But I meant something quite simple by it. There are love objects we simply dream up. They are not real people to us; they are the embodiment of a dream. We unleash both want and need onto them, and while we're dreaming, we believe that they can fill up the bottomless pit where want and need are endlessly renewed." (p. 94)

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