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Review: Brooklyn

February 2, 2016


Times are tough in Ireland for Eilis and her family so they decide she must immigrate to America.   Eilis leaves her homeland reluctantly and struggles in her new home.  She starts to make a future for herself when tragedy strikes and she’s called home to Ireland.  When she gets there, she realizes she no longer knows where her home is.

I adored the movie Brooklyn so much, I stopped at Fiction Addiction on my way home from the theater to buy a copy of the book by Colm Tóibín and read it a few weeks later.  I loved this book but have to admit that I think I loved the movie a little bit more.  Maybe because I saw it first?

Tóibín’s writing is rich and descriptive and his characters are wonderful.  Eilis was very real to me – I wanted to shake her a time or two – and I felt her pain and struggle.  We were expats for a few years so I know well how it feels to not quite fit in in your new home or in your own country, and this story brought those feelings back to life for me.  Brooklyn is a gem and is a must read for fans of historical fiction and/or immigrant stories!

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2016 4:09 am

    Fiction Addiction looks like a wonderful bookshop, I love the recommendations on their website! I’m glad the book lived up to the movie – I found it emotive too. 🙂

  2. February 2, 2016 4:39 am

    I have been meaning to read this author for ages. Maybe I should start with this one. Thanks for the review!

  3. February 2, 2016 6:23 am

    I’m looking forward to reading this when I unpack the book boxes in the new house!

  4. February 2, 2016 7:01 am

    I didn’t get to see it in the movies and decided I would watch it at home sometime, but I think now I will buy the book to read too. This one is definitely going on my ‘ToRead’ list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book and movie. I will check out your link to ‘Fiction Addiction’.

  5. February 2, 2016 8:38 am

    After listening to the audiobook several years ago,I finally saw the movie last week. I loved the film and was so impressed that it was able to convey the quietness of the book. I can completely understand why you stopped at the bookstore afterwards. It made me want to read more Toibin, too!

  6. February 2, 2016 9:20 am

    I’m impressed that you would go right to the book after the movie. I also enjoyed the movie, but probably not as much as you did. It didn’t occur to me to read the book too.

  7. February 2, 2016 9:34 am

    That happens to me, if I see the movie first and love it. I’ve listened to The Master on audio, which was amazing, but haven’t read any of the author’s other books yet.

  8. February 2, 2016 10:19 am


    I will probably see the movie first! This sounds like my kind of story.

  9. Patty permalink
    February 2, 2016 10:36 am

    The movie sounds lovely. It’s my favorite kind of movie, too!

  10. February 2, 2016 12:38 pm

    I definitely want to see the movie, but I’m not sure about reading the book. I gave up on Nora Webster, but maybe this one’s better?

  11. February 2, 2016 12:39 pm

    As you know, I just downloaded this book…and haven’t seen the movie yet. I thought I might see it yesterday, but I was exhausted from errands and not in the mood. I hope it doesn’t leave the theater before I get there!

    It left my neighborhood theater, and now is in one in an adjacent town. I often love movies more than the books, which is probably not something book lovers should feel…lol.

    But I recall movie scenes more than those in the books, and they stay with me. Curious, right?

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. February 2, 2016 2:09 pm

    I do like the idea of Immigrant stories and have considered this in the past. Have you heard of the new book Expatriates? That is also an intriguing story, set in Hong Kong. I am still considering if is me.

  13. February 2, 2016 2:34 pm

    This sounds wonderful in both book and movie form.

  14. Diane permalink
    February 2, 2016 3:02 pm

    I loved the book and so want to see the movie.

  15. February 2, 2016 4:10 pm

    I still haven’t read anything by him

  16. February 2, 2016 5:36 pm

    I want to see the movie and read the book. I try to read the book first, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

  17. February 2, 2016 7:12 pm

    The movie looks so good! I want to watch it and not read it 🙂

  18. February 2, 2016 7:37 pm

    I made a note of the movie from an earlier review, didn’t realize there was a book of it too! I’m not sure which I will get to first, but I definitely want to see/read these now. Sounds good.

  19. February 2, 2016 8:41 pm

    I’ll probably see it when it gets to netflix. Thanks for the rec!

  20. Beth F permalink
    February 3, 2016 9:51 am

    I’ve loved other books he wrote and have been meaning to both read and see this.

  21. February 3, 2016 2:10 pm

    The movie is still at a theater in a town not too far away, so I’m hoping to see it still while it’s on the big screen. I am going to read the book too. I love this kind of story.

  22. Literary Feline permalink
    February 3, 2016 5:41 pm

    I may have this one on my shelf still, although I think it went in one of the many boxes we donated years ago when we moved. I always figured I could check it out from the library if I decided I wanted to read it. I am glad to hear you liked it!

  23. bookingmama permalink
    February 4, 2016 6:56 pm

    Wow! I’m dying to read this. It’s not very often that readers enjoy movies more!

  24. February 6, 2016 12:50 am

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’m intrigued both by it and the book. I’ll probably give each a try soon. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed both!

  25. February 6, 2016 11:19 am

    It’s really tough for me to go from movie to book–easier to do the other way around. I have heard the movie is really good, though! Glad you enjoyed both.

  26. The Cue Card permalink
    February 8, 2016 9:01 am

    It sounds like the movie followed the book very closely. Maybe I got enough out of the story from the movie, though the descriptions in the book I’m sure might be better.

  27. February 13, 2016 10:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting to see the movie since you raved about it. Looks like that’s the way to go. Our indie theater was showing it but I don’t know if they still are.

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