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Star of the Sea (2002)

de Joseph O'Connor

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A New York Times Notable Book and "thoroughly gripping" historical mystery: On a ship packed with Irish immigrants, one passenger is a killer (People).

In the bitter winter of 1847, leaving an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some of them optimistic, many more of them desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith accompanied by his wife and children??and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.

This journey will see many lives end, while others begin anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go.

"O'Connor's luscious book brews the suspense of a thriller with the scope and passion of a Victorian novel??seasoned in authentic historical detail and served up in language that is equal parts lyrical and gritty." ??Booklist

"Engrossing . . . will hold historical fiction fans rapt." ??Publishers Weekly… (més)

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(28) This was an unsolicited lend from a friend that caught my eye - there is something about long perilous ocean voyages that make for great reading. This is set during the mid 1800's during the worst of the potato famine in Ireland. A novel within a novel frame - the author, Grantley, is an American writer on board the ship who is incensed by the outrages of the famine and also harbors secrets of his own. The ship contains desperately poor Irish in steerage attempting to save their lives by immigrating to America. In first class, Lord David Meredith and his family are also immigrating - an English protestant noble born and raised in Ireland and much maligned in the current political climate, he is marked for death. An Pius Mulvey, a mysterious man who walks the deck all night long dragging an injured leg behind him - he is often referred to by Grantley as 'The Monster.'

So the plot is intriguing and thickens as the novel progresses. It has almost a gothic feel to it as recollections about each character are mysterious, melancholy, and filled with dreadful secrets. The writing is quite good and feels authentically of the times. In addition to questions about the veracity of the narration, there is a lot to think about. I very much enjoyed at least 3/4 of this novel but thought it ended a bit weak aesthetically. I do not want to spoil but I think O'Connor over explained. Let your writing speak for itself - it was quite good! Lord Kingscourt was ready to welcome what was coming for him and he got it - but maybe was surprised at the identity of his executioner...

I will read this author again (In part because there are more books by him in the stack given to me by my friend) He is a great story-teller and builds an authentic sense of place and time. If you like Victorian sensationalist yarns like Dickens and Wilkie Collins, then you should read this, old thing. ( )
  jhowell | May 27, 2023 |
It certainly passes the time if you need to listen to tales of never ending misery, though I don’t think I could stomach it in print form. I dozed off somewhere toward the middle so am somewhat confused. Did Mary nearly marry her half brother, and was she the same Mary whose husband and child were killed by the murderer? If so, seeing as her husband was the brother of the priest, how come she had earlier married this priest and was the brother/priest Nicholas one and the same as the Nicholas who died in a mad episode of self harm outside their family cottage?

A rollicking yarn or a melodrama? Both I guess, though I think it could be much improved by leaving off the last three chapters. ( )
  kjuliff | Jan 17, 2023 |
A very clever historical novel set in 1847 aboard a ship of Irish immigrants bound for America. The book moves between the characters on the ship and what happened to bring them there. At the center of the story is a mystery and a murder, actually more than one.

I would have given it more stars, but although all the characters were interesting, I felt emotionally distant from them.

You'll like this book if you like:
*19th century historical fiction
*mystery with a touch of horror
*tales from the sea
*immigrant's stories ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
Picked for my reading group and I really didn't think I'd like it. But I did. The writing is very dense and certainly at first I was needing a dictionary at times to look up words. But I was never bored or wanting to stop reading. It's done in a dense Dickens imitation style. I usually dislike "literary" fiction but occasionally it can work. But no wonder the Irish hate the British! Ironically the person who selected the book disliked it on his reread. Most of the rest of the group also disliked it or couldn't finish it. One even suggested it was a "piss take" based on the author foreword - which I didn't read until the end (he does have a point actually). ( )
  infjsarah | Aug 28, 2021 |
What a fantastic read this was, and whatever you do read right to the end. There's a bombshell on the second-to-last page that I certainly didn't see coming. Beautifully written, superb characterisation with hints of Dickens (indeed Dickens himself makes a brief appearance). I now, also, know a lot more about the Irish potato famine. ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
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Joseph O'Connorautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Allié, ManfredTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bocchiola, MassimoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carton-Piéron, Marie-ThérèseTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Lindgren, NilleTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Marinker, PeterNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Masquart, PierrickTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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[The Famine] is a punishment from God for an idle, ungrateful and rebellious country; an indolent and un-self-reliant people. The Irish are suffering from an affliction of God's providence.
Charles Trevelyan, Assistant Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury, 1847
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England is truly a great public criminal. England! All England! ... She must be punished; that punishment will, as I believe, come upon her by and through Ireland; and so Ireland will be avenged ... The Atlantic ocean be never so deep as the hell which shall belch down on the oppressors of my race.
John Mitchel, Irish nationalist, 1856
THE MISSING LINK: A creature manifestly between the gorilla and the Negro is to be met with in some of the lowest districts of London and Liverpool by adventurous explorers. It comes from Ireland, whence it has contrived to migrate; it belongs in fact to a tribe of Irish savages: the lowest species of Irish Yahoo. When conversing with its kind it talks a sort of gibberish. It is, moreover, a climbing animal, and may sometimes be seen ascending a ladder laden with a hod of bricks.
Punch magazine, London, 1862
Providence sent the potato blight but England made the Famine ... We are sick of the canting talk of those who tell us that we must not blame the British people for the crimes of their rulers against Ireland. We do blame them.
James Connolly, co-leader of the Easter Rising against British Rule, 1916
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All night long he would walk the ship, from bow to stern, from dusk until quarterlight, that sticklike limping man from Connemara with the drooping shoulders and ash-coloured clothes.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Mystery. HTML:

A New York Times Notable Book and "thoroughly gripping" historical mystery: On a ship packed with Irish immigrants, one passenger is a killer (People).

In the bitter winter of 1847, leaving an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some of them optimistic, many more of them desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith accompanied by his wife and children??and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.

This journey will see many lives end, while others begin anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go.

"O'Connor's luscious book brews the suspense of a thriller with the scope and passion of a Victorian novel??seasoned in authentic historical detail and served up in language that is equal parts lyrical and gritty." ??Booklist

"Engrossing . . . will hold historical fiction fans rapt." ??Publishers Weekly

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