Verified Purchase. I found it difficult to get into at first, thinking Delaney was trying too hard, being overly descriptive.
So after the third try, I persevered, and by around page or so, it became a page-turner, and I loved it. I must say, this was on the heels of "Ireland", which I loved and had numerous friends read it as well. So while I gave "Shannon" 4 stars, it's deserving of 5 stars when you get through the initial pages. I was in need of a happy ending and very in love with the lead characters. It go so tense for me near the end that I put the book down for three days before I could face the ending. Damn, Frank Delaney, you really grabbed me. February 11, - Published on Amazon.
Shannon is another great novel from Frank Delaney, with all the good qualities you'd expect: it's quiet, dark, funny, thoughtful, violent, intelligent, literate, complex, and very elegant. It's a story about an American in Ireland, and the Irish in America, and the fragile survivor of one war thrust directly into another; and, of course, it's about a river in Ireland.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of this book, and I enjoyed it a great deal. Delaney is great at weaving multiple stories together into a single whole; he takes the story of his hero, Robert Shannon, and threads it through the lives of the villains and other characters of the tale - a cast of bishops, murderers, soldiers, and extraordinary ordinary people. I was unexpectedly caught up in the action: the book begins as a sort of spiritual pilgrimage, and evolves into a completely gripping and suspenseful drama. Definitely check this out if you're interested in Ireland, Irish history, Irish folklore, WWI French battlefields, post-traumatic stress disorder, genealogy, scandals in the Catholic church, damaged heroes, and really good novels in general.
November 23, - Published on Amazon. Frank Delaney has written a great book. I am Irish American and have never been to Ireland, but this book certainly makes one want to visit.
Still you don't have to be Irish to love "Shannon. I opened this book and immediately was drawn in by the characters. I am born in Boston, so that did not hurt any. Delaney creates sharp images and sharper characters. And the characters are very different from one another - each with a very distinct past, present and future as well as voice. This book is sprinkled with so much that is true you find yourself nodding in agreement and smiling in satisfaction. It is so well woven and seamlessly told, it is a testament to great writing.
Truly one can smell the grass, see the colors feel the pain. Shannon is everything a novel should be. My sister is not a big reader, but I bought it for her anyway. If it takes her a year to read it she will remember every character and every scene. The story is unbeleivably touching while being very believable. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab. Ireland by DeLaney, Frank. Little Fires Everywhere. Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney. Add to cart to save with this special offer. If you Buy It Now, you'll only be purchasing this item.
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