A Guest at the Feast by Colm Tóibín audiobook

A Guest at the Feast: Essays

By Colm Tóibín
Read by Colm Tóibín

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781476785202

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797153254

  • ISBN: 9781797153247

Runtime: 9.59 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

From one of the greatest writers of our time comes a collection of brilliant essays about growing up in Ireland during radical change and about cancer, priests, popes, and homosexuality. It is a glorious tribute to the art of writing.

Colm Tóibín opens this stunning collection with a supremely compelling essay, laced with humor about his (successful) treatment for cancer, which begins: “It all started with my balls.”

Part two is an autobiographical essay about growing up in the small town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford, the setting for many of his novels and stories, including Brooklyn, The Blackwater Lightship, and Nora Webster. Tóibín writes about the priests who educated him, several of whom were condemned years later for abuse in the greatest scandal ever to befall the Catholic Church in Ireland. He writes about Irish history and literature and about homosexuality—including his personal experience, that of his predecessors and contemporaries, and the long, tragic journey toward legal and social acceptance.

In part three, Tóibín introduces complex portraits of three popes—John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.

In part four he writes about a trio of authors who reckon with religion. The final essay, “Alone in Venice,” beautifully recounts his trip to that incomparable city (where he has set some of his most dazzling scenes) at the height of the pandemic, when the streets and canals and churches and museums were empty.

A Guest at the Feast is a glorious celebration of a life devoted to art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] magnificent volume…Throughout, the poetry of Tóibín’s prose is as impressive as always. In the title piece, he writes that his mother was ‘what most of us still write for: the ordinary reader, curious and intelligent and demanding, ready to be moved and changed.’ Readers like her will savor every page of this book.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Colm Tóibín

Author Bio: Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet. His novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction have earned similar awards and have been translated into numerous languages. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Details

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 9.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English