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The Gathering

Written by: Anne Enright
Narrated by: Anne Enright
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize.

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him - although that certainly helped - it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house in the winter of 1968. 

The Gathering is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

©2007 Anne Enright (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Cheesetaster
  • 25-12-21

Enjoyable

A calm, enjoyable and interesting book; beautifully read by the author. I listened to this whilst I'll with covid and it helped me to feel better.

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  • Maria Hayes
  • 18-04-21

Good story

It was a well constructed story but the tone is sardonic and weary overall due to the narrator's traumatic experiences, and some may say depression which I found draining. If you're looking for an uplifting story this isn't it. If you are experiencing grief or have experienced grief or childhood trauma this might be for you. There's a lot of description of genitals, naked bodies and sex but it's not sexy, the reason for this becomes clear as the story unfolds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-21

Awesome audio book. Read beautifully by the author

Definately 5 stars or more if it were possible.
I really enjoyed it, and highly recommend you to listen to 'The Gathering' by Anne Enright.