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[ Pdf Ghost Light Ü coin-collecting PDF ] by Joseph O'Connor ↠´ At the end of life what do we single out and hold up as our finest achievement For Molly Allgood, an Irish actress, it s her relationship with the playwright John Synge Ghost Light is narrated, often in the second person, by Molly during a single day at the end of her life Molly is down on her luck and something of an alcoholic Therefore, not perhaps the most reliable of narrators Prone to flights of lyrical beautification, Molly, one suspects, has idealised Synge What we learn about him, between the lines, isn t always likeable He s reluctant for example to make their relationship public This isn t one of those explosive soul searing literary couplings Molly and Singe s relationship is perhaps, behind all Molly s poetic waxing, a rather lacklustre affair, only made legendary in her mind by his early death Yet it s this relationship she calls upon as her last will and testament I Brilliant Writing But Difficult ReadingI really enjoyed O Connor s Star of the Sea and was eager to read Ghost Light This novel is a fictionalization of the life of Molly Allgood, who was in love with and engaged to John Synge the Irish playwright at the time of his death O Connor introduces us to Molly who is now sixty five years old living in London, the year is 1952 She is alone and lives in a less than desirable part of the city, she drinks gin to ease her mind and sometimes drinks too much She looks back on her life and the love she had with Synge She shares those memories with the reader through the foggy haze of cold, hunger and inebriation While much of this novel is beautifully written it was also of Dublin 1907, a young Irish actress embarks on a doomed affair with John Millington Synge, the Irish playwright In the 1950s an old, impoverished woman makes her way across London, reminscing about her glory days as an acclaimed actress and her relationship with the enigmatic Synge This is a demanding read, like poetry than prose, requiring the reader to slow down and savour every word, even having to reread sections at times The second person narration also requires some effort on the reader s part but once accustomed to it, you get a real feel for Molly Allgood and the deep passion she felt for Synge Molly takes centre stage in this stream of consciousness narrative which flits between the faded grandeur of her life in the 50s and the vitality and exhuberance of her character in 1907, the year in which she meets Synge and becomes the inspir Joseph O Connor has fashioned a marvelous novel, a reimaging of the love affair of John Millington Synge the famous playwright of Playboy of the Western World and other fine works and the younger, less well stationed Molly Allgood, who performed under the name of Maire O Neill Certain biographers will want to beat me with a turf shovel, O Connor states in his aftermath Indeed, in reading that aftermath, this is not the book for those who are seeking a historically correct look into these principals It is definitely fiction. But what fiction it is It sings, glows, and at times, reads like sheer poetry There are hints of James Joyce in the stream of consciousness It all flows from the title Ghost Light, which O Connor defines later in the book, An ancient superstition among people of the stage One lamp must This is the first book by Joseph O Connor yes, he s the brother of Sinead O Connor I ve read, but I can tell you, it won t be the last I loved Ghost Light, and I intend on investigating this wonderful Irish author further Joseph O Connor s writing runs the gamut from non fiction and journalism to screenplays, stage plays, and novels, of which Ghost Light is his seventh Ghost Light revolves around the great Irish playwright and co founder, with William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory, of Dublin s Abbey Theatre , John Millington Synge, and his fianc e, the Irish Catholic actress, Molly Allgood, an actress who performed under the name of Maire O Neill Synge was fourteen years older than Molly, and a Protestant, things that did make a difference Their engagement, in fact, their entire relationship, was frowned on by just about everyone Beautiful evocation of Edwardian Dublin and the love affair between playwright J. M Synge and Abbey Theatre actress Maire O Neill The author used complicated tense changes present for Synge s or Maire s present 1907 until his death for him the year 1952 for her and past for each of their pasts An omnipotent narrator who will be returning from time to time, starts out by addressing Maire as You he she is talking to her and we see that in 1952 London, Maire is a has been actress and alcoholic living in a dilapidated tenement in penury She obtains a job at BBC for a radio version of an O Casey play She trudges there, in the snowy, wintry weather from her home and besides doing errands, spends her day in the National Portrait Gallery, a church, and the cinema The story moves back and forth from past to present e This Involving Novel Puts You Inside The Mind Of Molly Allgood, An Elderly Actress Wandering Around The Brilliantly Evoked S London Of Crumbling Lodging Houses And Uncleared Bombsites Contrasting With The Down At Heel Circumstances To Which She Is Reduced Are Memories, Rendered With Sensuous Freshness And Vernacular Wit, Of Her Rich Past, Especially Her Love Affair In Dublin With The Abbey Theatre Playwright John Synge In Whose The Playboy Of The Western World She StarredPeter Kemp, The Sunday TimesLondon , books Of The Year Ghost Light by Joseph O Connor is a brilliant and complex book It is one of the best books I have read in the last five years The language is poetic and hallucinatory and this is a book where one can t skip passages or lines Every word is necessary and the whole is a gift put together with the greatest care and love. The novel is about a grand love affair between Molly Allgood, an actress stage name Maire O Neill and the playwright John Synge, most well known for his play, Playboy of the Western World The book starts out in 1952 on the streets of post war London Molly, 67 years old, is walking the cold blustery city and freezing She lives in a hovel and drinks too much She is hungry and cold, going from one sheltered spot to another and hallucinating from the the alcohol, her hunger and her freezing She is on her way to a It took me a few attempts to get into it but I blame that on lack of sleep rather than the book itself The style of writing requires slow reading and a lot of concentration so that you don t miss any of the beautifully written prose The main character is Molly Allgood, an Irish actress living in London with little money at her disposal The book reminises about her life and her relationship with Synge Through the course of the book we realise that Molly is the ever optimist and even though she is now in a difficult financial situation she is still positive about each and every day even if she does need the odd sip of gin to get her through the day. There are some really wonderful, evocative lines passages in this book, but at page 109, I m generally bored I don t really feel any connection between the 2 main characters, just as in the main I feel that I am reading words, rather than being caught up in a story, a life, someone s actual thoughts experiences Perhaps that s what the author intends after all the 2 lovers are an actress playwriteis he trying to comment on evoke the notion of them living as if in a play Well, whatever truthfully I don t find the book interesting or captivating enough to care with so many other books out there that I want to read,Ii m not wasting any time with this one.