The truth about love josephine hart

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the truth about love josephine hart

The truth about love by Josephine Hart

It’s dangerous . . . and that’s the truth about love.

A young man shields his terrible wounds from his mother; a husband believes he can love his grief-stricken wife back to life; a young girl puts her own life on hold until her family can find their way back from blinding pain; a man surrenders to the helplessness of obsessive love.

Set in Ireland, this brilliant, intense story is about a family named O’Hara who chose to remain in the place of their loss, and the stranger from Germany who ran from his. It’s about love—for another, for a country, for family—and survival, and it’s remarkable.
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The Truth About Love, by Josephine Hart

Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Aug 10, ISBN Aug 11, ISBN The accidental death of a teenage boy has a profound effect on a small Irish town in this compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Damage.

What would each narrator say? Reread the epigraph, from Gottfried Benn. Has your understanding changed from when you first read it? Discuss the opening scenes. What were you thinking as you read these pages? The elective outsider, the truthful observer of the scene requires an anatomical eye, which I have endeavoured over the years to develop. Does he manage to become one?

I first read Josephine Hart, the Irish-born British writer, in the early s. Her first two novels, Damage and Sin , were page-turners of the highest order. But I never got around to reading any of her later work.
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I n a small town in the middle of Ireland in the s, an adolescent boy is playing with chemicals in his garden shed when he blows himself up. Josephine Hart's sixth novel opens violently and then develops into a meditation on grief and the competing needs - on both an individual and national level - to forget and remember. Her story of the O'Hara family, who had already lost a daughter when their son is accidentally killed, is set alongside that of their German neighbour, Thomas Middlehoff, who shares a first name with Mr O'Hara, and has also lost two children. The death of the O'Hara boy, who is unnamed, leaves his family stricken by guilt as well as grief. Was he building a bomb?

O pening with a long and impressively sustained overture of fractured, Beckettian prose you could imagine it being performed by Fiona Shaw , The Truth About Love is Josephine Hart's most ambitious novel to date. Her territory is not new. This is an Irish family story, in which the intimate and the political become ever-deepening metaphors for one another. As in Barry's masterful novel, a sort of archaeology of loss is undertaken and the past bleeds into the present. But Hart's unique treatment of images that have been familiar since Joyce blows the dust off anything she might be said to have inherited.


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    It is such intrusions which make up the gripping passages in this novel, as Josephine Hart explores the differing ways we deal with trauma and loss.

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