Birchwood

3.74 based on 350 ratings & 31 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 06.08.2010
ISBN: 9780330372329
Number of pages: 176

Synopsis

Once the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants. One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister. Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too.

Birchwood represents a watershed in contemporary Irish writing: it is a novel in which history becomes a rich black comedy full of land agitation and Gothic characters; and a sense of bewilderment at the nature of the universe fills its pages’ Colm Tóibín

‘John Banville is one of the great masters of the . . . English language’ Catherine Lockerbie, Scotsman