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Extended Audio Sample The Banyan Tree, by Christopher Nolan
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Nolan Narrator: Fiona Shaw Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Covering the 80-plus years of the life of Minnie O'Brien, who is bound to take her place in literature alongside James Joyce's Molly Bloom, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the 20th century. In distinctly layered prose that has been compared to that of Joyce, Yeats, and Dylan Thomas, Nolan lovingly details the life and times, the triumphs and tragedies, of this spirited woman. Married in 1922 to Peter O'Brien, a good and decent man who nonetheless harbors a terrible secret, Minnie bears him 3 children. Francis, the youngest, leaves home at age 17 to wander the world in search of fame or fortune. It is for him - Minnie's favorite, the prodigal son - that she jealously struggles to keep the five fields willed her by her husband from the clutches of her ambitious and unscrupulous neighbor Jude Fortune. The Banyan Tree is feisty and colorful, filled with humor and love - and demonstrates forcefully that the gentle world of Minnie's youth is gone forever. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet Meissner | 6/25/2012

    " A sweet story and prose that reads like poetry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Travis | 11/9/2011

    " The novel was overly descriptive of the Irish setting. I felt the pacing was a bit slow and that the plot would have been improved by more insights into the lives of Minnie's children. Minnie as a character was quite static and feeding off of her, the novel was trapped in a lengthy doldrum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen Fiandaca | 10/19/2011

    " Very wordy, very Irish, story eventually draws you in can't help but think about how the handicapped author wrote it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 9/6/2010

    " Great book about Ireland. Great portrait of the relentless fight of a woman to accomplish her destiny no matter what as her life inexorably follows its course. I really liked the descriptions and the detailed settings of each moment in the book. "

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