The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin

The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin

Maeve Brennan / Sep 23, 2019

The Springs of Affection Stories of Dublin The stories in The Springs of Affection trace the patterns of love within three middle class Dublin families patterns as intricate and various as Irish lace Love between husband and wife which be

  • Title: The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin
  • Author: Maeve Brennan
  • ISBN: 9780395870464
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The 21 stories in The Springs of Affection trace the patterns of love within three middle class Dublin families, patterns as intricate and various as Irish lace Love between husband and wife, which begins in courtship and in laughter, loses all power of expression and then vanishes forever The natural over of sister for brother, of mother for son, is twisted into the rThe 21 stories in The Springs of Affection trace the patterns of love within three middle class Dublin families, patterns as intricate and various as Irish lace Love between husband and wife, which begins in courtship and in laughter, loses all power of expression and then vanishes forever The natural over of sister for brother, of mother for son, is twisted into the rage to possess And love that gives rise to the rituals of family life grows solid as a rock that will never crumble In his introduction, William Maxwell, Maeve Brennan s editor at The New Yorker, writes of the special quality of her stories, of being her friend, and of the premature end of her writing life In Mr Maxwell s telling, Maeve Brennan s own story proves as moving as any she ever wrote, and ultimately as heartbreaking.

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      • Maeve Brennan

        Maeve Brennan January 6, 1917 1993 was an Irish short story writer and journalist She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published from


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    1. IL DELTA DELL’AMORE The Springs of Affection è una raccolta di racconti che uscì postuma, Maeve Brennan era morta da cinque anni. Questa edizione BUR sembra esserne la traduzione italiana, pur se lascia per strada la maggior parte dei racconti: mancano i racconti iniziali dedicati all’infanzia di Rose; dei sei che raccontano il matrimonio di Rose e Hubert qui ne arrivano solo tre, e gli otto che si concentrano su Delia e Martin scendono ugualmente a tre nell’edizione italiana. Maeve Bren [...]


    2. Guarda quanto tempo arriva con teSono buoni questi sei racconti, Maeve Brennan è brava. Il fatto è che io non ne posso più delle solite storie: mariti e mogli prigionieri di matrimoni tristi, senza amore, che si trascinano per abitudine, per convenzioni sociali… sono stufa di amori che nascono e appassiscono nel breve spazio di una giornata, di solitudini, di ipocrisie… Maeve Brennan è brava, sì, però io cercavo il nuovo, l'imprevisto, ma non è qui, purtroppo non l’ho trovato.Datemi [...]


    3. I wanted so much to dislike this book--I already had an inborn prejudice: I have disliked (closer to hated) being Irish American. The threads of my discontent are all woven within Ms Brennan's stories: the rural small mindedness (even tho the poverty and famine of Ireland had been left behind a century ago); the fearful expectations for life; the dusty, empty expanse of life and living; the poverty of emotion; even the holding onto the sticks of furniture for a lifetime, and the revery in the sp [...]


    4. These Maeve Brennan stories are all set in the Ireland she had left behind as a young woman. For many years, Brennan wrote for the New Yorker as a ‘social diarist’ — sort of the mid-Twentieth Century equivalent of a blogger — frequently as the ‘Long-Winded Lady.’ Now she is better known for her rediscovered short fiction.Elegantly written stories, they are filled with people trapped in bad situations without the knowledge or will to leave them. Disappointing lives are presented with [...]



    5. Maeve Brennan has been rediscovered as one of Ireland's great literary authors, thanks to the relaunching of this collection of short stories. The stories are Beautifully written observations initially on her own early life in Dublin suburbia and then on the lives of two other families. On the surface all seems well, but underneath simmers deep discontent and tension between spouses and extended family. I found myself astonished at the level of disconnect between the partners, most especially be [...]


    6. If you go by the blurb, this collection of short stories sounds like one of the most boring things to ever exist. Which is why it's such a good thing that I am hear to tell you to ignore the blurb.I am not usually one for stories that rely solely on emotion with very little point, but this collection pulled me in and made me care. Even the characters that I didn't like got to me and made me feel sympathy for them. Brennan explores human emotions and motivations with a style and a delicacy that i [...]


    7. I came to Maeve Brennan through a friend who recommended “The Long-Winded Lady”, a collection of Brennan’s exquisite essays for The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town." Although I adored it, nothing in that book prepared me for her achievement in “The Springs of Affection.” Some of the stories in this collection rival Chekhov. In these carefully observed scenes of middle-class Irish life, Brennan uses a sharp, clean, astringent style to expose the emotional violence beneath the banal facad [...]


    8. 20 or so stories, divided into 3 sections - the first comprises autobiographical anecdotes from chidhood, the others tell of two married couples and their families. The childhood stories are lighter in tone than the other pieces, but are enjoyable and very well-written. The stories in the remaining sections are full of psychological insight : lonliness, loss, and the restarints of the family unit are covered in depth. Many of the pieces are moving, without ever being melodramatic. The psychologi [...]


    9. IN a just world Maeve Bennan would be revered as a major Irish writer. Although she spent her adult life in America, most of it with the New Yorker, her best work is set in Ireland, and Springs of Affection is her masterpiece.She belongs in the company of Alice Munro and William Trevor.



    10. I don't remember what list of underappreciated authors I found this book on, but I'll be forever grateful. Less story than vignette, each one a little gem. I particularly loved Stories of Africa, but they are all lovely in their own way, although the Bagot stories are the best.


    11. Amazing short stories. While some may start out mundane, they can get profound by the blink of an eye, and the language Brennan uses is sometimes breathtaking; sentences to savour.


    12. I discovered The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin by Maeve Brennan at a used bookstore in downtown Brooklyn. I wasn't familiar with this Irish author who worked for The New Yorker for many years, but after looking through the book, I had to have it! The Springs of Affection, the title of a long short story (47 pages). Min Bagot is 87 years old and the last surviving member of the Bagot family. Her twin brother, Martin, died recently and Min has just returned to her flat in Wexford. She ha [...]


    13. Maeve Brennan era figlia d���arte. Suo padre Robert, giornalista ed autore di polizieschi per svago, era anche un combattente per l���indipendenza irlandese: comand�� i ribelli della nativa Wexford nell���insurrezione del 1916, rischiando la pena capitale, ed era nuovamente agli arresti quando Maeve nacque, nel 1917. Fu direttore della propaganda prima per il Sinn F��in e in seguito al trattato del 1921 per l���IRA. Quando venne nominato primo ambasciatore dell� [...]


    14. Maeve Brennan era figlia d’arte. Suo padre Robert, giornalista ed autore di polizieschi per svago, era anche un combattente per l’indipendenza irlandese: comandò i ribelli della nativa Wexford nell’insurrezione del 1916, rischiando la pena capitale, ed era nuovamente agli arresti quando Maeve nacque, nel 1917. Fu direttore della propaganda prima per il Sinn Féin e in seguito al trattato del 1921 per l’IRA. Quando venne nominato primo ambasciatore dell’Irlanda libera negli USA, nel 19 [...]


    15. This collection of short fiction was compiled posthumously (1998) and is divided into three parts. Originally published in the New Yorker magazine between April 1952 and March 1973, the stories are arranged thematically rather than chronologically. The first segment are the most autobiographical, from the point of view of a young girl and her siblings living in a terrace house in the near South-side Dublin suburb of Ranelagh in the early 1920's, as did Brennan. And while the family examined in t [...]


    16. Recopilación de cuentos publicados por la autora en New Yorker y Harper's Bazaar.El título es un tanto engañoso, pues la ciudad de Dublín no es protagonista de estas historias; salvo en unos cuantos de los relatos, el hecho de que transcurran en Dublín o no es irrelevante. Sí aparece la ciudad como telón de fondo, pero el libro se podría haber llamado igualmente "Cuentos irlandeses", por ejemplo, porque lo que sí está presente en todo momento es el espíritu irlandés, ese algo especia [...]


    17. This book deserves at least 4 stars for the quality of the writing. She is obviously a very skilled author. My trouble is with her characters. I understood more when I read the introduction to the book. I wouldn't mind reading more by this author. The 3 stars reflect the fact that the stories just were too dreary and unsettling for my taste.


    18. if you are a fan of short stories, then make a pot of tea and sit down for an afternoon. One story is more astounding than the other, by the wonderful Maeve Brennan, who wrote for the "New Yorker" for many years.


    19. This is a poignant collection of interconnected short stories (or some were connected to others). Ms. Brennan's characterizations are very precise and honed by the chance to see different circumstances from the perspectives of the different characters.


    20. I preferred the childhood stories in the beginning. I read in the interesting introduction that she went a little crazy and you can kind of feel that in her stories. I read the book because I heard one of the stories read, and it was a beginning childhood one. Those are the best.


    21. These stories are some of the most finely tuned one can imagine. Although she wrote many decades ago, her voice is as fresh and relevant today as can be. Painful and sad and occasionally funny.



    22. Absolutely lovely but I had such a hard time reading these stories in one shot. I am left wondering if I wouldn't have preferred reading the stories gradually as they were published.




    23. Good stories - no real exciting events in the stories, some very typical situations(which is not a bad thing). Some well developed personalities and family scenarios which I could feel.



    24. I love reading the Irish stories. Maeve is a wonderfully descriptive writer with good insight into every day Irish living.


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