Girls in Their Married Bliss

Girls in Their Married Bliss The third book of Edna O Brien s acclaimed Country Girls trilogy Girls in Their Married Bliss continues the tale of Kate and Baba two ambitious Irish country girls in search of life Romantic Kate see

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  • Title: Girls in Their Married Bliss
  • Author: Edna O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780452284388
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • The third book of Edna O Brien s acclaimed Country Girls trilogy Girls in Their Married Bliss continues the tale of Kate and Baba, two ambitious Irish country girls in search of life Romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get Together they set out to conquer Dublin and the world Under the big city s bright lights, they spin their livesThe third book of Edna O Brien s acclaimed Country Girls trilogy Girls in Their Married Bliss continues the tale of Kate and Baba, two ambitious Irish country girls in search of life Romantic Kate seeks love, while pragmatic Baba will take whatever she can get Together they set out to conquer Dublin and the world Under the big city s bright lights, they spin their lives into a whirl of comic and touching misadventures, wild flirtations, and reckless passions But love changes everything And as their lives take unexpected and separate turns, Baba and Kate must ultimately learn to go it alone.

    One thought on “Girls in Their Married Bliss”

    1. If ever there was a sarcastic book title – this one is a winner.After reading the last book in the trilogy, it seems that Edna O’Brien read a lot of Thomas Hardy growing up. Already from the very first page, as a reader you think ‘Not again!’ and you doubt this will end well.It is still a well written book (I wouldn’t expect anything else from Edna O’Brien), but I do think it’s the weakest book in the series. The main reason for liking this book less is that I constantly wanted to [...]

    2. This is yet another truly fantastic piece of literature from Ireland's doyenne of fiction. 'Girls in their Married Bliss' is the third installment of Edna O'Brien's 'Country Girls' trilogy bringing the story of young, Irish friends Baba and Kate to a conclusion. I have to say that I don't think this book is the best of the series, I think the previous two were better, with the first being exceptional, in terms of the author's language and style, but, nevertheless, 'Girls in their Married Bliss' [...]

    3. Mai titolo fu più fuorviante. Cathleen diventa Kate e Baba diventa seconda narratrice, con un punto di vista ironico e pungente. I giorni dell'infanzia sono ormai lontani per entrambe, che devono solo pensare a sopravvivere. Kate compie un passo indietro rispetto al libro precedente: è troppo vulnerabile, troppo bisognosa di amore. Le sue azioni avranno conseguenze catastrofiche (sigh, devo ancora riprendermi dal finale). Baba, invece, è più forte, una sopravvissuta che riesce a volgere a su [...]

    4. Me he despedido de Kate y Baba y, aunque quizá ha sido de los tres el que menos me ha gustado (quizás por el cambio de voz en la narración), es de una sensibilidad apabullante. Yo nunca lloro con los libros y este casi me hace llorar (salvo porque iba en el metro). Ha sido la lectura perfecta para acabar el año.

    5. I loved this book but I also didn't realize till JUST NOW that I read THE THIRD AND FINAL BOOK BEFORE READING THE SECOND BOOK I AM SO FURIOUS

    6. This is my favorite one of the The Country Girls trilogy. A brutally honest description of the longed-for marriages. Insightful, dark and sarcastic. Loved the entire trilogy!

    7. Hmmm. This certainly ties up the tales of Baba and Caithleen (referred to as Kate in this book), but I found this not as entertaining, a bit of a drag and a bit deflated and depressing. I guessed that the title referring to Married Bliss may well have a touch of the sarcasm about it, given the reality of women and relationships in the previous two books. But even so, this is disillushionment of the highest order.The first two books were told in the first person by Caithleen. In this, the shortes [...]

    8. This third and final installment in "The Country Girls" trilogy was a real change of pace. Whereas the first two books were first-person narrations by Caithleen Brady, this one alternated between third-person and the voice of Baba, Kate's friend. The story leap-frogged over Kate's marriage to the demonic but fetching Eugene and the birth of her son, to its dissolution. But we also learn of Baba's wedding to an unsophisticated Irish builder. And despite his rough-and-ready ways, her Frank is a "d [...]

    9. questo il finale della trilogia,dove kate ha un ruolo inizialmente marginale ,ma riuscira' ad emergere anche se con tanto dolore e tristezza,con un finale non scontato llo

    10. The final book of the trilogy flips the narrative script a little. For one, the narrative is no longer told from Caithleen’s perspective and that difference is everything. It actually causes you to doubt a lot of the truth from the first two books, at least in terms of scope and intensity. Now we have Baba (Barbra) telling us what happens alongside a third person voice later in the novel. The other change that I found interesting is the switch from Caithleen being called “Cait” in her own [...]

    11. Es en el tercer y último de los relatos, “Chicas felizmente casadas”, en el que Baba reaparece ocupando un puesto central en el desarrollo de la trama. La vemos como un personaje ‘feliz’ dentro de lo que es la dureza de la vida para una mujer casada irlandesa por muy liberada que pretendiese estarlo o lo creyese ella misma. La clave de su supervivencia la encontramos en una frase que aparece al final de la novela: “La ignorancia es la felicidad.” Sí, en efecto, de este desigual par [...]

    12. Fifty years later, a whole world of experience is not only unfamiliar to many readers but also inexplicable, and that is the world in which women's attempts to peer beyond the boundaries of their relationships with men are either so terrifying or so transgressive that they are lost in the translation. The first books in O'Briens' series condemn Irish social strictures, but the final volume turns its snout on the hopeless quest of so-called enfranchised women to find a way past their cunts and wo [...]

    13. A very thin book that I picked up mostly because of it's cover this one was a hidden treasure. O'Brian describes the intersecting stories of two female friends who are each caught up in their own unhappiness.

    14. I totally recommend this trilogy to whom whatever wants to know more about Ireland. Loved this last one, female power all over. And kudos to the irony of the book title, nothing related to the book story. Fabulous.

    15. Ιδιαίτερη γραφή, ιδιαίτερη οπτική, γοργός ρυθμός που άλλοτε σε παρασέρνει και άλλοτε σε κουράζει. Αρκετά καλό.

    16. The title is so ironic that it transcends irony, the ending makes perfect sense, and I am somewhat furious.

    17. Il mio voto non è per il singolo libro, ma per la trilogia. Mi sono innamorata del primo volume, di Kate Brady, un personaggio che in teoria ti fa storcere il naso: svampita, stordita, superficiale, egocentrica e nemmeno una persona allegra! Invece Edna ce la racconta con così tanta bravura che riusciamo a vedere anche la Kate sotterranea, e le vogliamo bene e Baba, da classica stronzetta egoista, cresce e si arricchisce di sfumature, fino al salto finale di quest ultimo libro, dove è addirit [...]

    18. Edna O'Brien's ironically-titled Girls in Their Married Bliss picks up a few years after The Lonely Girls, the second novel in her Country Girls trilogy. Kate and Baba are now both married and living in London, and for the first time Baba narrates a portion of the story in the cynical, wise-cracking voice one would expect from knowing her in the other two novels. Baba has married a loud, vulgar and rich builder named Frank, and Kate has married her older lover, Eugene, and borne him a son. Over [...]

    19. Chicas felizmente casadas es sin duda el título más irónico que se le podría haber ocurrido a la autora.Por fin conoceremos la voz de Baba, que es tan despreocupada y egocéntrica como suponíamos y en muchas ocasiones será desde su punto de vista desde el que conoceremos la suerte de Cathleen que ahora pasará a ser Kate.La inocencia ha desaparecido y llega el tiempo de la lucha, de encontrar marido, de sobrevivir y esta es la época más dura que pasarán nuestras protagonistas. Kate se h [...]

    20. The third and final volume of The Country Girls Trilogy - the saga of nice girl Kate and mean girl Baba - is easily my favorite. It starts with a bang as we leave Kate's first-person narration, which served us well for the first two volumes, for the caustic and often hilarious voice of Baba. From there on out we alternate between Baba's narration and a third person view of Kate's story. If you know anything about Edna O'Brien, I don't have to tell you that the "married bliss" of the title is sar [...]

    21. La O'Brien è grandissima nell'impastare le vite di Kate e Baba (che i lettori della trilogia conoscono sin dall'infanzia) con tutti gli ingredienti dell'infelicità al femminile: la ricerca affannosa dell'amore romantico, cieca anche di fronte alle evidenze più impietose; la dipendenza materiale da un marito che si disprezza e si subisce con uguale disinvoltura; la facilità con cui si ammanta un uomo di aspettative stereotipate, al punto da non imparare a conoscerlo; l'incapacità di trovare [...]

    22. Es lo primero que leo de esta autora, y me gusto, sobre todo esa mirada sincera con que desnuda lo fácil que es casarse sin amor, buscar el amor sin encontrarlo, y como cada mujer es distinta, ambientada en los 50; década del siglo pasado que tiene algo de emblemática al ser siempre un punto de quiebre en cuanto al papel de la mujer, donde empiezan a plantearse dudas existenciales, preguntándose si ser madre y esposa es realmente el único camino a seguir, y sobre todo un tema más complejo [...]

    23. It took a lot to finally settle on two stars, because it's hard to say that I really liked Girls in Their Married Bliss. It was a harsh look at married life, and wholly pessimistic, but there was a little beauty in that honesty. The stories of the two women weren't particularly unique and showed more than anything their selfish natures and the bitter way they treated everyone around them. Edna O'Brien is without a doubt a fantastic writer, but I don't know that I can say I enjoyed the story she [...]

    24. "Girls in Their Married Bliss" is the final novel of "The Country Girls Trilogy." Even before turning to chapter one, anyone who's read about Kate and Baba in the first two novels will know that the title has to be ironic. In following their lives in London trying to find happiness in shallow marriages, Edna O'Brien compels the reader to feel sympathetic yet impatient with their choices."The Country Girls Trilogy" is a sad, honest look at how the influences of parents, church and state in Irelan [...]

    25. What's different in the 3rd book in the trilogy is that, from time to time, the point of view shifts from that of Kate to that of Baba (who has become a bit more likable). Kate is no less a sniveling child in this book than in the other two; she is older yet no more emotionally mature. Still shaking and crying. Still tiresome. She can't even keep track of her son's lost tooth even though it supposedly meant so much to her. No spoiler alert, but I was not sorry for the way the story deals with he [...]

    26. Well, last of the Country Girls trilogy. I just don't know. Meaningful, but depressing. Like with Lantern Slides, it reminds me that I have heard Irish authors are like this. I just don't know that it adds anything new to my internal worldview, which would have been some justification for me to read depressing material. But perhaps to many this does open their eyes to how it might be in another person's shoes, particularly a young woman from modest Irish background during the WW era.

    27. Riesco a fare solo recensioni negative, io, mentre con i libri che mi piacciono tanto non riesco a dire niente. Quest'ultimo capitolo della trilogia è in linea con gli altri due: triste come sanno essere tristi solo alcuni libri irlandesi (Paddy Clarke, Le ceneri di Angela).L'epilogo, scritto molti anni dopo, varrebbe da solo tutta la storia. Insomma, da leggere assolutamente. E non vedo l'ora di trovarlo da comprare. poisononatofesso.wordpress/

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