Colm Tóibín

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 343


Adams, Tim. “Everything Stops for Tea.” Observer (19 September 1999): 13.

Adams criticizes Tóibín's use of minute details in The Blackwater Lightship.

Filbin, Thomas. “Eurofiction, Interest Rates, and the Balance of Trade Problem.” Hudson Review 46, no. 3 (autumn 1993): 587-92.

Filbin argues that Tóibín's The Heather Blazing is even better than his first novel.

Gardiner, John. “A Tragic Tradition?” Times Literary Supplement, no. 5167 (12 April 2002): 22-3.

Gardiner assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Love in a Dark Time.

Jones, D. A. N. “Motiveless Malignity.” London Review of Books 12, no. 19 (11 October 1990): 19.

Jones discusses the connections between Irish and Spanish history made in The South.

Keates, Jonathan. “Queerness Is No Big Deal.” Spectator 288, no. 9065 (4 May 2002) 43-4.

Keates praises Tóibín's “skillfully judged spareness” in Love in a Dark Time, though he notes that several of the essays end abruptly.

Marks, Jim. “On All the Living and the Dead.” Washington Post Book World (10 December 2000): 14.

Marks asserts that Tóibín's The Blackwater Lightship is “a powerful and absorbing novel.”

Mars-Jones, Adam. “His Socks, His Silences.” London Review of Books 18, no. 19 (3 October 1996): 15.

Mars-Jones discusses the unique characteristics of The Story of the Night which make the novel difficult to categorize.

O'Rourke, William. “Among the Lonely Souls of Ireland.” Chicago Tribune Books (14 February 1993): 1, 6.

O'Rourke examines the simplicity of Tóibín's prose style in The Heather Blazing.

Spice, Nicholas. “Thick Description.” London Review of Books 15, no. 12 (24 June 1993): 22-3.

Spice complains that the prose in The Heather Blazing is monotonous and dull.

Trevor, William. “Forays into Ambiguity.” Spectator 288, no. 9063 (20 April 2002): 36-7.

Trevor compliments Tóibín's biographical reassessment of the life of Lady Gregory in Lady Gregory's Toothbrush, calling the work “a brilliant illumination.”

Young, Hugo. “Poped.” London Review of Books 16, no. 22 (24 November 1994): 17-18.

Young explores the differences between Catholicism in different European countries as portrayed by Tóibín in The Sign of the Cross.

Additional coverage of Tóibín's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 142; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 81; and Literature Resource Center.

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