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The lonely passion of Judith Hearne

By: Moore, Brian

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Part of the Harper Perennial modern classics series
0007255616 / 9780007255610
Paperback
813.54
16/07/2007
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England
Contemporary classics
20 cm 255, 16 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Andre Deutsch, 1955.
/ Includes PS Section A timeless classic dealing with the complexity and hardships of relationships, addiction and faith. / Brian Moore burst upon the literary scene in 1955 with this moving and brilliantly observed study, and went on to be hailed as one of the best fiction writers of his generation. / 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne' was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture in 1987 directed by Jack Clayton. / Will be published as a Harper Perennial Modern Classic with a fantastic PS section.

A timeless classic dealing with the complexity and hardships of relationships, addiction and faith. Judith Hearne, a Catholic middle-aged spinster, moves into yet another bed-sit in Belfast.

A socially isolated woman of modest means, she teaches piano to a handful of students to pass the day.

Her only social activity is tea with the O'Neill family, who secretly dread her weekly visits.

Judith soon meets wealthy James Madden and fantasises about marrying this lively, debonair man.

But Madden sees her in an entirely different light, as a potential investor in a business proposal.

On realising that her feelings are not reciprocated, she turns to an old addiction -- alcohol.

Having confessed her problems to an indifferent priest, she soon loses her faith and binges further.

She wonders what place there is for her in a world that so values family ties and faith, both of which she is without.

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FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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