The Gathering by Anne Enright

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Champagne Reading Group:

The general consensus was that it was very patchy – in places it was touching, amusing or perceptive but few of us could relate to the narrator or her family.

Star rating: **

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4 thoughts on “The Gathering by Anne Enright”

  1. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    Met with a very mixed reception. Most of the group acknowledged that the book was well written and the star rating reflects reaction of a larger than usual membership. However, eighty minutes of discussion took us into territories many would normally have avoided and a sufficient number enjoyed the book and could see why it received the Man Booker award. Advice: stick with the book to the end….there is something heart-warming awaiting you there.
    Star rating: **+

  2. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    Met with a very mixed reception. Most of the group acknowledged that the book was well written and the star rating reflects reaction of a larger than usual membership. However, eighty minutes of discussion took us into territories many would normally have avoided and a sufficient number enjoyed the book and could see why it received the Man Booker award. Advice: stick with the book to the end….there is something heart-warming awaiting you there.
    Star rating: **+

  3. Review from Fareham 5:30 Reading Group
    None of us enjoyed this book – it was “grim, sordid, angry”. We tried hard to see what the author was seeking to do – exploring the fallability of memory and the impact of grief. We also recognised taht this wasn’t a book about characters and no real plot. But we found the narrator self-absorbed and left us cold.
    We gave it one star purely because some of the language was good. We wouldn’t read another book by this author.

  4. Review from Fareham 5:30 Reading Group
    None of us enjoyed this book – it was “grim, sordid, angry”. We tried hard to see what the author was seeking to do – exploring the fallability of memory and the impact of grief. We also recognised taht this wasn’t a book about characters and no real plot. But we found the narrator self-absorbed and left us cold.
    We gave it one star purely because some of the language was good. We wouldn’t read another book by this author.

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