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This was a potentially interesting story of rural Ireland in the 1930s When a herbalist arrives in a small town the women flock to him many secretly hoping he L'opticien de Lampedusa ll cure what ails them In fact he is a back room abortionist There are elements of magic realism for example the ghost of a girl who died from a botched procedure visits the scorned town prostitute a reader of fortunes and an occasional spiritualist There are far too many dalliances affairs rapes incest and pregnancies which weigh the book down in soppy melodrama Not worth your while The Herbalist is written in the point of view of 4 women 2 are written in the first person and 2 are in the third person I didn t find it jarring It was divided by chapter and the voices were distinctive The fact that Niamh Boyce is also a poet who has won awards is clear when reading The Herbalist As I read the book I felt as if an impressionist painting was being revealed stroke by stroke The three uestions on the cover stayed in the back of my mind as I watched 3 women sives unfold Who will receive mercy Who will have hope Who will fall to ruinEmily seems Doomsday Men: The Real Dr. Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon like the main character She s an unreliable narrator I couldn t help but feel for her and admire her spirit even when she made poor decisions Though her erratic actions sometimes bothered me they felt true to her character Same with Carmel She too had a sad story but her situation didn t justify much of her behavior I don t think it was Niamh s intention to excuse it either Aggie a prostitute had a minor role early on but her value illuminated as the story unfolded The final character Sophie I don t have the book in front of me and I m terrible with names touched me the most I also had issues with several of her choices but understood them in thearger context of her situation There are other characters all written with the same depth and intrigue The Herbalist comes to town creating a stir with his exotic appearance and big promises He intrigues the women of the town in different ways But there s a darker side to his offerings Emily wants oveCarmel wants a babySophie originally wants ove but her needs alter over the course of the story So much of what happens to the women their reactions and the conseuences are dictated by 1930s Catholic Ireland It becomes clear that sexual oppression and rigid women s roles Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay leads to much of the unfortunate unfolding of these women s fates When women don t have power or control over their own desires or bodies the conseuences are dire I couldn t help but think of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling even though these are such different books Rowling also created a small town where the fate of a few was much fueled by the culture and judgement of the neighbors But where Rowling made just about each character unlikable Niamh s characters feel thoughtfully written Rowling also had too many points of view which made it hard for me to identify with any of the characters Niamh Boyce s use of 4 characters is just enough to make me feel as if I knew each one well She also was able to get at the story from a variety of angles making the plot interestingEven when I wasn t reading the The Herbalist it stayed with me And hours after I ve finished the book I m still thinking of the women Just to be clear Ioved this bookBut being totally honest I found the first chapter or two unexciting So much so that I picked up another book to read instead I did intend giving The Herbalist another go and when my book club chose it as our book du jour I was delighted to have a reason to pick it up again And I am SO glad I did It s a very different style of book to any I ve read before The author s voice reminds me a Michelangelo: His Epic Life little of a female Donal Ryan The Spinning Heart and if youiked his books I would suggest that you would really enjoy The HerbalistAgain being honest I was put off by the chapters being given to an individual character and titled as such that s just a personal bugbear but there was something about the same characters that kept me reading "even through the third uarter where I felt the story stagnated a ittle just briefly But this book "through the third uarter where I felt the story stagnated a ittle just briefly But this book Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time less about story and about characters in my view and the author does such a genuinely fantastic job of drawing individual interesting ones that I think I would have wanted to read about them whether a herbalist had ever arrived into theirives or notA really great first novelPS general consensus from book club was that it was a really enjoyable read 35 Stars The Herbalist by Niamh BoyceSet in the 1930s in a small town in Ireland The Herbalist is a simple and compelling story excellently well crafted with subtle detail and exuisite prose that will keep you turning simple and compelling story excellently well crafted with subtle detail and exuisite prose that will keep you turning pages of this beautifully written novelIt is hard to believe that this is Niamh Boyce s first novel as she really captures the mood of 1930s Ireland and I Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders loved the contrast between the town and country girls and good and evil I have read aot of books set in Ireland around this time and I think Niamh Boyce has a uniue ability to capture the reader s attention with her storytellingThe story centres on a small town where the usual gossip occurs between the shop keepers and the customers and where some of the town folk think the country folk are beneath them A town where very ittle seems to happen until a mysterious exotic man appears out of nowhere and sets up his stall in the suare his appearance in the town ivens things up with his otions and potions and. The Herbalist is the electrifying first novel from Niamh Boyce winner of the 2012 Hennesssy XO Award for New Irish Writing It is a devastating and emotional story of yearning and obsession in 1930s rural Ireland Out of nowhere the herbalist appears and sets up his stall in the market suare Teenager Emily is The Herbalist

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The chapters as in for example maybe she should ve Les Innocents listened carefully I understand that this would have been done to up the tension but I don t think the book needed it The tone of the story and all the things that weren t said or explained made it perfectly clear that we were heading for some sort of climax the extra hints weren t necessary in my opinionThe characters in this book are fascinating especially since you hear the story from several different perspectives At first glance it would appear that their problems are very much a product of the time they reiving in but if you think again not a whole ot has changed Women who have ost a much wanted baby are still expected to snap out of it Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are still viewed with suspicion and mistrusted Unplanned pregnancies are still a thing to be frowned upon This is a thought provoking story about women their strengths and weaknesses in the face of everything ife and the people around them may throw at themAccording to the publisher s information this story is based on real events in 1930s Ireland I thought about researching what those real events might have been but decided that there really was no need As much as this story is set in the past and as much as we may read this book and be horrified by the events described it has to be said that not so much has changed since then This is still a country where thousands of women feel the need to flee to England every year where abortion remains illegal under all circumstances and many would refuse a woman that right even if would mean putting her ife at risk Eighty years The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States later soittle has changed that this story is far contemporary than it should be And that alone makes this a book well worth reading Firstly this is a brilliantly written first novel by new Irish author from Kildare Niamh Boyce Inspired by a 1940 s newspaper clipping about a herbalist arrested for crimes against young girls Boyce deals with the hypocrisy and closed mindedness of early twentieth century Ireland Actually you could argue that where the treatment of women is concerned things haven t progressed as much as one would have hoped One only has to read the UN s review of Ireland s compliance with the ICCPR where committee members severely criticise Ireland s treatment of women and children in the past and now how Irish women are being denied human rights and how they are being abandoned by a State that stigmatises them treats them as criminals and forces them to eave their country for health services denied to them Damning yet true Anyway in Boyce s novel 1930 s Ireland was a dangerous place for our four eading adies all of whom become consumed in some way by the dark stranger who moves uietly into their town their heads and in some cases their bodies The women are a mixture of strength resolve resentment suspicion and vulnerability and despite the confusion of the opening chapters I eventually grew to understand and relate to their predicaments There is such a sinister undertone to this novel a reality that is disturbingly complex and hard to accept The book #Is Interesting And Gripping But At Times # interesting and gripping but at times prose submits to the poetic principle of show don t tell so we are eft hanging with incomplete and unfinished details and descriptions and uestions than answers On the whole though a good read it s encouraging to see this calibre of writing coming out of the country 354 Not sure what I feel about this Loved the idea but not so much the execution of this story A very easy four stars Almost fiveThis story starts slow and builds and builds and builds It is fantastically written and the prose is so 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts lyrical that it felt at times as though I were reading a poem The writing itself grows and by the end you feel as though you re reading a different book entirelyIt is mysterious and shocking with threads of romance woven through Theittle town has just as much of a Moonrise (Snowfall, little mind is judgemental and closed and old fashioned even for the times It s a poisonousittle placeAt first I found it a ittle difficult to differentiate between the different narratives but it soon became easy the voices became so much distinct once I better knew the charactersI ove poisonous relationships And this book has plenty Whether it s romance or family or the twisted small town community relationships they re great in this bookEmily was the character that got to me the most It s Hello, Snow! like she aged all of a sudden yet at the same time it was so slow and subtle She was infuriating and than aittle silly but she grew up and did the right thingI felt so sorry for Sarah and only wish I hadn t been drip fed the information so slowly But at the same time it was right for the pacing of the storyThis is a book that would uite easily help me pass a ong slow summer s day I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes I found it really difficult to get into this novel The character development was rather weak especially the development of character relationships It s ok to have a weak character but not a "weakly developed character Emily s relationship with the Herbalist and his with her seems implausible "developed character Emily s relationship with the Herbalist and his with her seems implausible characters just weren t developed enough to make it believable Also there were other aspects of the book that were just not developed enough What happened with Ros What a fab book This ady can really write Highly recommendedsee my full review belowhttpbleachhouselibraryblogspotie. Dark side her world turns upside down She may be naive but she has a fierce sense of right and wrong With his fate Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies lying in her hands Emily must make the biggest decision of her youngife To make the herbalist pay for his sins against the women of the town Or et him escape to cast his spell on another place. ,

The Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood ladies of the town from young to old become mesmerized by this visitor who they say can perform miraclesIoved the cover of this novel as it just seems to draw you in and in itself tells a story of 1930s IrelandThe characters are well drawn and each has her own story to tell I oved that many of the female character were strong women who were easy to relate to There seemed to be an absence of catholic Ireland of the time in the novel Which I think would have dealt with the herbalist ong before he made himself comfortable in the town and if not a parish priest would have chastised the women concerned from the alterI think this novel gives a great sense of social history of the time and I especially A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line loved the reference to films showing at theocal pictureOur book club has chosen this as our January read and having read the book I think it will make an excellent book club read as there is plenty of discussion and much to admire about the author s writing This is one I am Future Focus looking forward to group discussionA well written and enjoyable read and I for one willook forward to Niamh Boyce s next novelNiamh was named the 2012 Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year My thanks to Penguin Ireland for sending me this novel to review You wouldn t know it but it s my story You won t find me in the column inches You won t find me in the newsprint You Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays ll find me in the gaps the commas the full stops the small dark spaces where one thinged to another Although the uote above relates specifically to one of the characters in this book it is an accurate description for the whole book This story is told with as much elouence through everything that isn t spelled out as it is through the words on the pagesThis story tells the tale of a small town in Ireland during a hot summer A Sting in the Tale late in the 1930 s It shows us the events that slowly deceptively but steadilyed towards heartbreak and destruction after two strangers arrive in town The first stranger was Don Vikram Fernandez a dark skinned travelling herbalist Although he is ooked at with suspicion by almost everyone in the town when he first arrives it isn t ong before especially the town s women find that the potions and Devil's Red Nickel lotions he has on offer are something they can tive without The only person to immediately take to Don Vikram is young Emily Seventeen years young and having just ost her mother Emily is an adventurous and romantic spirit Although most people in town ook down on her Emily refuses to Clubland UK: On the Door in the Rave Era let that get her down or destroy her dreams Young andonely as she is it doesn t take a John Flynn's Double Wedding Ring Step-by-Step Workbook lot of the herbalist s attention or many of his enticing fantasies to make the girl believe herself deeply inove with him and him with herThe second stranger is Sarah Having been raised in the country side by her midwife aunt after her mother died in childbirth Sarah finds herself transported into the town after the school master her secret boyfriend s father arranges a job for her there in his sister s shop The night before she eaves her aunt s house a big party is held in her honour a party that will have reaching conseuences for Sarah and "for the she s about to move toCarmel owns the shop where Sarah is about to start working "the town she s about to move toCarmel owns the shop where Sarah is about to start working just ost her much onged for son in a still birth Carmel is deeply unhappy and than ready to retreat into her bedroom to nurse her depression and read her kinky and forbidden novels Ignoring her much younger husband as well as her shop and home will have far reaching conseuences and not just for herYoung Rose is the beautiful and privileged daughter of the ocal doctor Always kept close by her mother Rose seems to have the spoiled and perfect Love Is A Four Letter Word life other girls can only dream about But all is not well in paradise and by the time the truth is discovered it will tooate for this young womanObserving it all is Aggie Woman of ill repute fortune teller and spiritualist it is Aggie who sees and knows it all Unable to interfere she is able to share her knowledge and pearls of wisdom with the reader and in the process comfort the dead There is a time in everyone s ife when you eave behind who you were born to be and become what ife makes of you or you of it This is a beautiful and fascinating book It captures the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town in Ireland in the 1930 s with an accuracy that is almost painful In this town where it is impossible to be invisible where opinions are formed to remain in place indefinitely and where the moral high ground is held by those who east deserve to reside there it wouldn t take a The Magic of Thinking Big lot to disturb the apparent peace and uiet What really impressed me is how the author managed to keep the upcoming drama below the surface for soong While the reader is well aware that disaster is only around the corner or a few turned pages away the tone of the story is smooth and almost distant Nothing is spelled out in detail The reader has to read between the A Lucid Dreamer: The Life of Peter Redgrove lines and draw the conclusions that aren t spelled out While there is a constant under current of pending doom the story is told in whispers the same sort of whispers that would give voice to gossip in a townike this As a result the story is told through the words that aren t on the pages just as much as the words that are actually there And some of those words are gorgeous Sarah Peas Book of Best Friends loved opening the shopoved the way the An English Psychic in Hollywood lightit the silence first thing in the morning Maybe there was a bit too much foreshadowing at the end of. Pellbound by the exotic stranger here is a man of the world who won't care that she's not respectable However Emily has competition for the herbalist's attentions It seems the women of her small town are all mesmerized by the visitor who they say can perform miracles When Emily discovers the miracle worker's. ,


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    (Free) [The Herbalist] This was a potentially interesting story of rural Ireland in the 1930s When a herbalist arrives in a small town the women flock to him many secretly hoping he'll cure what ails them In fact he is a back room abortionist There are elements of magic realism for example the ghost of a girl who died from a botched p

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    (Free) [The Herbalist] A very easy four stars Almost fiveThis story starts slow and builds and builds and builds It is fantastically written and the prose is so lyrical that it felt at times as though I were reading a poem The writing itself gr

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    Niamh Boyce ↠ 9 READ (Free) [The Herbalist] “You wouldn’t know it but it’s my story You won’t find me in the column inches You won’t find me in th

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    (Free) [The Herbalist] The Herbalist is written in the point of view of 4 women 2 are written in the first person and 2 are in the third person I didn't find it jarring It was divided by chapter and the voices were distinctive The fact that Niamh Boyce is also a poet who has won awards is clear when reading The Herbalist As I read the book I felt as if an impressionist painting was being revealed stroke by stroke The three uestions on the cover stayed in the ba

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    (Free) [The Herbalist] I found it really difficult to get into this novel The character development was rather weak especially the development of character relationships It's ok to have a weak character but not a weakly developed character Emily's relationship with the Herbalist and his with her seems implausible The characters just weren't d

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    (Free) [The Herbalist] Niamh Boyce ↠ 9 READ DOWNLOAD Ù E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Niamh Boyce Firstly this is a brilliantly written first novel by new Irish author from Kildare Niamh Boyce Inspired by a 1940's newspap

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    (Free) [The Herbalist] Just to be clear I loved this bookBut being totally honest I found the first chapter or two unexciting So much so that I picked up another book to read instead I did intend giving The Herbalist another go and whe

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    (Free) [The Herbalist] 354 Not sure what I feel about this Loved the idea but not so much the execution of this story

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