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Ebook Girl with Green Eyes by Edna O'Brien read! Book Title: Girl with Green Eyes
The author of the book: Edna O'Brien
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Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: November 30th 1975
ISBN: 0140021086
ISBN 13: 9780140021080
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 844 KB

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In one interview Edna said

I was reading van Gogh’s letters. My God! I’m surprised he cut off only one ear

Not relevant at all, but it is funny.

On to the book. So, in 1962, one year before Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique kicked off the 2nd wave of feminism, and one year before the Beatles pressed the ON switch for the 1960s, Girl with Green Eyes was published and set in the mid-fifties and is really, as far as I can see, a pre-feminist novel. It carries on after The Country Girls which is a sweet, sad, hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical first novel about growing up in the priest-ridden West of Ireland in the early 50s, and thank your lucky stars if you didn't. That book is RECOMMENDED. At the end of The Country Girls they've managed to escape to Dublin and that's where we pick up with them again. But this second slice of Kate and Baba is a more miserable affair, in both senses, for Kate, our Edna stand-in, and for the reader, because Kate's foul-mouthed outrageous friend Baba is sorely missed for long stretches, in which Kate gets her first proper affair going. The whole plot is the beginning, middle & end of this affair, and what a droopy, moribund thing it is. I will ply you with a couple of quotes, but please beware, if you happen to be female, you may wish to remove all sharp objects from your reach before reading on :

"It's all right, I wouldn't throw a nice girl out of my bed," he joked, and I wondered what he really thought of me. I was not sophisticated and I couldn't talk very well nor drive a car.
"I'll try and get sophisticated," I said. I would cut my hair, buy tight skirts and a corset.

We sat on the couch and he told me in a concerned voice that I would have to grow up and learn to control my emotions. Discipline and control were the virtues he most lauded. These and frugality. In fact, the things I was most lacking in.

The pompous git saying this stuff is the Love Object with whom Kate has been obsessed and in love and mooning over and finally shagging (a little bit) for 200 pages. She thinks he's a paragon, and when he haughtily throws her overboard, having realised her gaucheness will cause his metropolitan friends to mock him, she's devastated, instead of dancing on the kitchen table shouting that she's free from the pig at last. I mean, here he is again:

"You are incapable of thinking. Why don't you get up and wash your face and put some powder on? Do something, sink your inadequacy into washing the walls or mending my socks…" (p226)

And Kate says

I knew that if I loved him enough I would put up with anything from him.

So, given the above, I can't say I recommend this novel! But I will press on with the third in the trilogy which is called Girls in their Married Bliss – an ironic title, I'm thinking. Maybe in that one Kate and Baba learn karate like Emma Peel in The Avengers (a famous 60s show!) and go round beating up smooth movie producers and disc jockies. I hope so.

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Ebook Girl with Green Eyes read Online! Edna O’Brien (b. 1930), an award-winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light of Evening (2006). O’Brien lives in London.

Reviews of the Girl with Green Eyes


The beginning is exciting, but at the end of the book is just a very template.


One breath reads!


This book is worth reading!


Put it on the toilet paper! or the fireplace!


The book has disappointed, little new, lots of water!

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