Fools of Fortune

Fools of Fortune

Book - 1983
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Fools of Fortune - William Trevor's astonishing, prize-winning novel about courage and love Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award 'To my mind Trevor's best novel and a very fine one' Graham Greene 'William Trevor at his best' New York Times When an informer's body is found shortly after the First World War on the estate of the Quintons, a wealthy Irish family, an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans fire the family home, and only young Willie and his mother Evie escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother's bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie, too, seems unable to forget the terrible injuries of the past ... 'Arresting, powerful and indelible. A story of courage and love ... as tender and wistful as an Irish lament' Washington PostReaders of The Story of Lucy Gault and Love and Summer will adore Fools of Fortune. It will also be cherished by readers of Colm Toibin and William Boyd. William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. His books in Penguin are: After Rain; A Bit on the Side; Bodily Secrets; Cheating at Canasta; The Children of Dynmouth; The Collected Stories (Volumes One and Two); Death in Summer; Felicia's Journey; Fools of Fortune; The Hill Bachelors; Love and Summer; The Mark-2 Wife; Selected Stories; The Story of Lucy Gault and Two Lives.
Publisher: London : Bodley Head, 1983.
ISBN: 9780140111811
Characteristics: 238 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jun 14, 2012

A wonderful book. It tells the story of two families who intermarry; each with an old house - one in County Cork and one in Dorset. The parents, although Protestant, support Home Rule. Their house is burned by the Black and Tans and the father and daughters are killed. Trevor is a great author and this is one of his better books.

Jan 16, 2012

William Trevor considers himself primarily a story-writer, not a novelist, but with this novel he sure puts the kibosh on that claim.
Let him lull you with his consummate style, which never calls attention to itself but is clean and economical and straightforward, yet magical. But if you begin to think that's all this book has to offer, wait until about the mid-point, where the plot gently begins to thicken. I'm approaching the end, and have now taken to reading a very few pages a day, and magazine articles in between, so as to prolong the moment when he unravels the plot, and the sad day when I get to the last page of 'Fools of Fortune.'
I may edit this then, though I can already say with assurance that this book is very well worth reading -- like every other thing I've read by Trevor.

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