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  • The Good People

    This read is within similar elements to Burial Rites by this author and there is very little joy in this novel. Early in the story, Nance in waking with a chilled body reminds herself that she is now old and alone and must consider her actions that could have bad consequences for her aged body. What truth there is in these thoughts and how some things remain the same. Aged and alone, Nance reflects on the past and on those who had influence in her life. A believer in folklore and suspicion of the unknown Nance continues with her faith in herbal remedies and preaches fear of the “Fairies”. She practices under the protection of an old priest until after his death the new replacement preaches in the pulpit against Nance. It is hard to determine just how old the “old” characters are, given the times and terrible poverty endured by these country folk. The character Nora suffers and grieves to the point of mental breakdown after becoming a widow, when her husband dies unexpectantly. This leaves her alone to deal with her dead daughter’s disabled child. The disability of this boy is more than Nora can deal with, having full belief that the child had been born normal. Along with the servant girl and Nance, believing the fairies have taken the child leaving her with the “cretin” Nance proceeds to rid herself of this unhuman with terrible consequences. Nance believes right to the end that her real grandson will be returned by the "fairies".

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  • The Good People

    A very unusual story—- very dark & bleak, but an interesting, nevertheless. Hannah Kent writes very well, so it is easy to appreciate the complexity of the story

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  • A good read

    Very good loved this and Hannahs last book Burial Rites.

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  • The Good People

    Hannah Kent has such a way of bringing a vivid image to her story. Brilliant depiction of life in the Irish countryside. A great read.

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  • The Spirit Word of the simple Irish Folks

    A riveting read. What a great insight into the superstitions and folklore of the Irish rural people in the early 19th century! The simple and honest belief in folk medicine to bring on a cure but ends in tragedy, in this case, a blessing in disguise? To the learned, it is murder.

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