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  1. says:

    A delightful bookclub re read I am not a fan of love stories but Ghost light by Joseph O’ Connor Author of Star of the Sea is wonderfully imagined and a lovely social and political history of Ireland to bootJoseph O’ Connor imagines the relationship between actress Molly Allgood Playboy of the Western World and playw

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    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

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    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 pr

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    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 b

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    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 six

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    Beautiful evocation of Edwardian Dublin and the love affair between playwright JM 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 heshe is talking to her and we see tha

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    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 Perhap

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    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

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    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

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    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 reuires 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

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Love affair in 1907 Dublin with the Abbey Theatre playwright John Synge in whose The Playboy of the Western World she starred Peter Kemp The Sunday Times London Books of the Yea. 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 including their families and Yeats Molly s friends and family believed she was being led astray by the older Synge while Synge s friends and family thought his romance with Molly would cause his art to suffer thus affecting the success of the Abbey Theatre Synge had graduated from the university while Molly had trouble with everyday spelling and punctuation Synge encouraged Molly to read better books and to study poetry so she could critiue his own work But Molly Allgood was no student As a general rule the pair kept their love or less a secret and when Synge who was suffering from Hodgkin s disease went to convalesce in England he was filled with worry and suspicion afraid that a younger man about Dublin would steal Molly away in his absence And though Molly did allow other men to admire her from a distance she increasingly found Synge s all too freuent absences and the fact that he hovered between sickness and health a bit too much She was after all in the prime of life and blessed with good looks energy and vitalityAfter Molly s triumphant performance in his play The Playboy of the Western World Synge was even in love and told Molly You are my whole world you that is and the little shiny new moon When Hodgkin s claimed Synge s life in 1909 just weeks shy of his thirty eighth birthday Molly was forbidden to go to his funeral by his familyThough both Molly Allgood and John Synge were real persons and though Molly was indeed Synge s lover O Connor makes it clear that Ghost Light is a work of fiction rather than a biography of a love affair In fact at times the book is all fiction save for the fact that Allgood and Synge were real The experiences and personalities of the real Molly and Synge differed from those of my characters in uncountable ways writes O Connor Most of the events in this book never happened at all Certain biographers will want to beat me with a turf shovel I don t doubt they will but the fact that O Connor made a lot of his facts up didn t in any way dim my enjoyment of his book I think Ghost Light is am amazing book and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading itThe novel opens in 1952 in London where Molly s living in a rundown lodging house on the Bayswater Road Once the toast of the Irish theatre Molly s now destitute and her life revolves around tea tobacco and cheap gin There is however one bright spot in Molly s life She been hired by the BBC to read a part in a radio play and even though she knows it ll be some time before she s paid she will be paid eventually and the part will jog the memories of those who once saw her and loved her on the Irish stageLike many of Sebastian Barry s books Ghost Light is a memory piece As Molly walks from Bayswater across town to the recording studios of the BBC she thinks about a letter she s received from a California student who wants an interview I could offer a small sum as remuneration for your time Would an amount of say 50 be acceptable Alternatively I should be happy to send you anything you reuire to that value since I know certain goods and foodstuffs are still uite scarce in England There is another financial uestion I would like to broach Miss O Neill and I hope I shall do so without offense I understand some years ago you sold to his surviving family all your letters of an intimate nature from Synge My institution has authorized me to say should other manuscripts having to do with JMS and his circle remain in your possession scripts revisions juvenilia notebooks drafts fragments abandoned works et cetera we would be honored to acuire them for our archiveIf Molly had anything of value left given her circumstances one would think she would have sold it already And so she has A second hand dealer in Russell Suare has purchased all of Molly s possessions deemed to have been valuable with the exception of one Molly still has the very first letter Synge ever wrote to her a letter in which he apologizes for the criticisms he made of her during a rehearsal at the Abbey Theatre It was bloody of me and I am sorry Synge writes I allowed myself to become upset You must permit the words to lead you to the heart words come from You reuested of me advice That is itAs Molly walks from her dilapidated rooming house to the BBE broadcasting offices her mind returns to Dublin in 1908 and her memories of Synge As she travels the London streets Molly encounters people and places that remind her of her past and the reader learns how she met Synge and became his lover We learn that though she loved him dearly her relationship with Synge brought Molly heartbreak than happiness though it did become the one dominant relationship in Molly s lifeI thought I would heartily dislike O Connor s use of the second person to tell his story but after reading only two or three pages it came to seem natural to me Molly is after all speaking to herself And using the second person allows O Connor to layer his story for maximum impact on the reader and to develop a number of disparate themes We learn about fin de si cle Irish theatre repressive Irish family life decline and destitution the fickle nature of celebrity and This is a rich novel with well developed characters that really come to life I loved Molly Her inner voice was radiant even though it was at times filled with self pity and self hate And she was Irish to her core This is Molly as she looks at a painting in the National Portrait Gallery Heavens to Betsy what an ugly old trout Face like a bag of rusted spanners Imagine someone paid good money for that glower to be painted More beauty in the door of a jakes that s the God s honest truth My Jesus Almighty but there s hope for us all Molls The Duchess of Blandford Looks like Mussolini in a wig Il Duce with udders God help usI found I couldn t forget Molly and I felt I understood her pain Rather than be angry with her when she considers selling Synge s letter for a bottle of liuor I understood her destitution I felt her pain and her poverty and her need for comfort even if that comfort was only going to last an hour or two In Joseph O Connor s able hands Molly Allgood s a character who simply leaps off the pageThis is a story than goes back and forth in time I liked that and I think it worked perfectly in this book I know some readers like their novels very straightforward and very linear however but even those who do will probably like Ghost Light The jumps in time are so well handled and smoothThere will be readers who will criticize this book as containing too much truth to be a novel and there will be readers who will criticize it for not being straight biography I can understand that but based on a true story doesn t really bother me at all and it does give O Connor the opportunity to answer some of the burning uestions those of us who love Synge s plays have always wondered about Did Synge really truly love Molly Did they ever consummate their love Given the age difference and his ill health how much did Molly love Synge Here s Molly in a fictional letter written to Synge from an island off the west coast of Ireland a place where Molly had gone to learn Irish And everything about you gives me the courage I never ever had and without you I m like a ghost drifting through some old house of a life and there s nothing about you I don t loveThat s so beautiful that true or not true I wouldn t have wanted to miss reading it Ghost Light for me is a wonderful Irish novel and the fact that it s about the theatre and those in the theatre which I love and that it revolves around Synge who s plays I adore is just an added bonus The best thing about the book however were the authentic Irish voices Johnny Synge s bit of native The proddy s little suaw That Kingstown playboy s huer Insults hurled long ago by the wags of witty Dublin still audible after than forty yearsI m going to read O Connor s two previous books Star of the Sea and Redemption Falls both very wonderfully received and darker books than Ghost Light I expect to love them both55Recommended To those who love the theatre and really well written Irish novels or simply literary novels of any kind I studied drama and I act in my local community theatre so I might have loved this book a bit than some but still theatre lover or not Joseph O Connor is an author worth investigating and following

Summary Ghost Light

Ghost Light

This involving novel puts you inside the mind of Molly Allgood an elderly actress wandering around the brilliantly evoked 1950s London of crumbling lodging houses and uncleared b. 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 have to confess at times I wasn t uite sure I believed this premise There was a suspicion that this is a female sensibility interpreted and distorted through the lens of a male Molly has been a successful actress yet dwells little on her professional achievements Nor does she appear to have made any close friends or been bewitched by places she s visited Obviously the author wanted to write about her brief relationship with Synge but perhaps the form he chose wasn t the best option I m pretty sure at the end of my life I won t be editing my life down to one person I briefly loved and devoting all my energy to recreating our story I often found Molly compelling as an old woman than a young girl Joseph O Connor writes very well another lyrical Irishman and though it went a bit flat towards the end there was still lots to admire in this novel

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Ombsites 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. Beautiful evocation of Edwardian Dublin and the love affair between playwright JM 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 heshe 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 events in real time and those in Maire s memory as she makes her journey recounting those years Much remembrance is a type of stream of consciousness After the broadcast the story becomes poignant and sadThe story was slow moving intentionally so people wanting a lot of action will not find it here in fact if you re not in the mood for it this novel could be a soporific The language and descriptions were lovely The author has a gift for putting words together in new ways meaningfully Much dialogue was couched in Irish slang or in Irish dialect I was able to figure them out from context and they added to the richness of the Irish flavor I especially liked the first half of Chapter 5 a hilarious rehearsal at the Abbey Theatre with Synge Yeats Lady Gregory and Maire I loved the author s uoting the various songs and ballads The title was fitting Ghost Light is a theatrical superstition when the theater is dark no performances at least one light is always left on for ghosts to perform their plays The chapter where Synge meets Maire s mother and brother was written in the form of a play O Connor s note at the end was revealing Now I m curious I must read The Playboy of the Western World by Synge I d like to know why there was a big uproar when it was first presented