Edna O'Brien Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Edna O'Brien Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Edna O’Brien’s early years in Ireland profoundly affected her view of the world, and particularly of women’s relationships and their place in society. Being Irish, she says in Mother Ireland, gives one a unique view of pleasure and punishment, life and death. O’Brien’s work is lyrical and lively. Her memory for people and places, for the minutiae of daily living, is prodigious; her zest for language is Joycean. She is frequently on the attack, but at her best, which is often, she transcends her immediate cause to encourage, with a grain of humor, those who still dream of love achieved through kindness and decency—common virtues still no more common than they ever were.

O’Brien’s concerns are...

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