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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colm Tóibín Narrator: Terry Donnell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré in Spain, forces her to reexamine all her relationships: to her lover, her art, and the homeland she only thought she knew.

The South is a novel of classic themes—of art and exile, and of the seemingly irreconcilable yearnings for love and freedom—to which Colm Tóibín brings a new, passionate sensitivity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Irish journalist Toibin’s compelling tale of love and art set in the United Kingdom and Franco’s Spain, makes for a rich and remarkable debut.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A promising debut.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • “[An] exceptional first novel.”  

    Library Journal 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by kate_robi | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book - when i finished reading it i started it again and i bought if for people as a gift. I think i was obsessed with it. The descriptions of the paintings and making the paintings are wonderful. Its emotional depth is extraordinary - but that's Mr Toibin for you "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rosemary | 2/8/2014

    " Travels in Spain to escape a bad marriage and history only to end up in the midst of more terror and death. Interesting comparisons between 2 countries and their history of terrorism and the people who try to survive. Too many abandoned children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/1/2014

    " Sometimes I find myself in the mood for writing like Colm Toibin. His prose is quick and succinct. Not a ton of flowery language, not a ton of in depth character analysis, just good solid writing that's there and does its job well. A few things I liked -- the travel aspect (Ireland to Spain, oh boy), the art aspect, the sexual chemistry aspect, the history aspect (post WW2 Spain, Franco times). It's quick too -- a mere 200 pages that fly by in the blink of an eye yet leave you with something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Catherine Avery | 1/13/2014

    " I would be interested in the thoughts of others who read this. Through much of the book, the protagonist was exasperatingly self-focused and self-indulgent. As a mother, I found her indifference to her own children painful and maddening. "

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