O navio-farol de Blackwater Colm Tóibín

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O navio-farol de Blackwater  by  Colm Tóibín

O navio-farol de Blackwater by Colm Tóibín
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In the opening pages of The Blackwater Lightship, a stranger drives up to Helen ODohertys Dublin house to tell her that her brother Declan is in the hospital and needs to see her. At his request, she joins him at the creepy seaside house of theirMoreIn the opening pages of The Blackwater Lightship, a stranger drives up to Helen ODohertys Dublin house to tell her that her brother Declan is in the hospital and needs to see her. At his request, she joins him at the creepy seaside house of their grandmother--where, as children, they awaited news of their dying father.

Whats more, theyre not the only guests. Paul and Larry, friends of Declan who have known about his HIV diagnosis far longer than his family, are the next to arrive. And then comes Helens estranged mother Lily, whom she hasnt seen in years. Still angry over the emotional abandonment she suffered during her youth, Helen had refused even to invite Lily to her wedding. Now she must come to terms not only with the imminent death of her beloved brother but also with her mother and grandmother--all at once.

Colm Tóibín (The Story of the Night) delivers this unsentimental account of a troubled family in spare but suggestive language. He does allow his characters a few high-spirited remarks and the occasional outburst. Otherwise, though, he keeps his tone even, allowing for the perfect integration of a light, unforced symbolism. For Lily, broken hopes and dreams are bound up with the Blackwater Lightship, one of two lighthouses that once stood in the Irish Sea near Ballyconnigar. As a child, she believed that these would always be there.For Helen, on the other hand, it was the house itself that prompted her deepest, happiest fantasies.

But now Lily has sold the property and shattered Helens dream that it would be her refuge, and that her mother, despite everything, would be there for her and would take her in and shelter her and protect her. She had never entertained this thought before- now, she knew that it was irrational and groundless, but nonetheless ...

she knew that it was real and it explained everything. What Declan has done by drawing them all together at Grannys house is to enact this potent, poignant fantasy. Whether it has the power to reconstruct his family is another matter, but in any case, The Blackwater Lightship remains a gripping narrative, deftly delivered by a master storyteller. --Regina Marler



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