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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard MacLaverty Narrator: David Threlfall Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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For Cal, some of the choices are devastatingly simple.... He can work in an abattoir that nauseates him or join the dole queue; he can brood on his past or plan a future with Marcella. Springing out of the fear and violence of Ulster, Cal is a haunting love story in a land were tenderness and innocence can only flicker briefly in the dark.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lin | 2/16/2014

    " It wasn't bad, really, but not the greatest novel I ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/12/2014

    " This book is certainly an emotional undertaking. I read it for a Northern Ireland class, and I just flew through it. It's one of the best insights I've ever had into the possible mindset of an IRA member who doesn't quite have the stomach for it, but gets lost and tangled in everything he's done and everything he wishes he could do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 12/25/2013

    " Brilliant Irish literature "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/21/2013

    " This book was good and totally uncomfortable to read. Its a love story that takes place in Ireland, but it is not a typical book at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 11/28/2013

    " You know it won't end well, but you still root for Cal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald Stevens | 8/3/2013

    " It is a good read. The ending was kind of telegraphed and was not a total surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/12/2013

    " Miraculous writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 5/29/2013

    " This was my book at the oral finals in high school. Well, I didn't pick it, my English teacher did. Unfortunately I couldn't remember as much about the IRA as he expected me to, but all in all I did well. And it's a really good book, one I probably wouldn't have read if I it hadn't been required. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 5/22/2013

    " Was made read it in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Padraic | 3/17/2013

    " Romeo O'Juliet meets Maggie Mae. A thoroughly depressing book from a thoroughly depressing time. An awesome writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2013

    " I am writing my master's thesis on this book. It's awesome!...but in a "literature-that-epitomizes-the-conflict-of-Northern-Ireland" kind of way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/30/2013

    " It's not that I didn't like Cal. I just didn't love it. I feel like I've read the "I'm stuck in the IRA but don't want to be" story before and done better. I didn't much care for Cal or Marcella, and their motivations struck me as a little shallow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 9/16/2012

    " A young Catholic man in Northern Ireland falls in love with the Catholic widow of a British Protestant policeman whose murder he was involved in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 8/19/2012

    " Tender as a bruise, is this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Thaliane | 10/4/2011

    " It misses true suspense and action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry | 8/16/2011

    " This is a really wonderful story about an Irish Catholic, Cal, living in Belfast in the 70's. Cal becomes involved in a murder and falls in love with the wife of the man murdered. MacLaverty has really spun a fine tale here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/29/2011

    " This is a powerful book about being caught between two worlds: the Catholic IRA of the 1980's and the Protestants of Northern Ireland. It is a mighty book, right through to the last page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline Olsson | 7/20/2011

    " Not really my type of book so I didnt like it that much "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Thaliane | 5/31/2011

    " It misses true suspense and action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 4/29/2011

    " A very entertaining read about an ordinary young man in an extra ordinary situation.

    The movie, based on the novel, and featuring Helen Mirren is also worth a watch - if you can find it these days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/6/2010

    " It's not that I didn't like Cal. I just didn't love it. I feel like I've read the "I'm stuck in the IRA but don't want to be" story before and done better. I didn't much care for Cal or Marcella, and their motivations struck me as a little shallow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 8/28/2010

    " I love tragic stories. This one is good but not as good as tragics that I've read before. I believe that everything here that happened was because of the environmental forces actually, not that the own making of the characters. Its more on the political issue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 3/8/2010

    " A great novel that deals with the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Cal falls in love with Marcella, the widow whom he participated in killing her Protestant husband. A tragic and passonate novel that you can't let down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 3/18/2009

    " Although I liked the writing style, I felt this book was a sad tale of a man who's life was going nowhere. His guilt was all that he lived for. MacLaverty is a good writer, that's not the issue. The issues is that the book was nothing more than a sad story.
    Personal opinion, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/26/2009

    " This is a powerful book about being caught between two worlds: the Catholic IRA of the 1980's and the Protestants of Northern Ireland. It is a mighty book, right through to the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/1/2009

    " Tender as a bruise, is this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 9/15/2008

    " This book was good and totally uncomfortable to read. Its a love story that takes place in Ireland, but it is not a typical book at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Padraic | 5/23/2008

    " Romeo O'Juliet meets Maggie Mae. A thoroughly depressing book from a thoroughly depressing time. An awesome writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry | 1/26/2008

    " This is a really wonderful story about an Irish Catholic, Cal, living in Belfast in the 70's. Cal becomes involved in a murder and falls in love with the wife of the man murdered. MacLaverty has really spun a fine tale here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 10/10/2007

    " A young Catholic man in Northern Ireland falls in love with the Catholic widow of a British Protestant policeman whose murder he was involved in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lin | 9/16/2007

    " It wasn't bad, really, but not the greatest novel I ever read. "

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