!!> BOOKS ✵ This Is Happiness ✫ Author Niall Williams – Anguillais.us

This Is Happiness About This Is HappinessThe Most Enchanting Novel You Ll Read This Year, From The Acclaimed Author Of Man Booker Longlisted History Of The RainChange Is Coming To Faha, A Small Irish Parish That Hasn T Changed In A Thousand YearsFor One Thing, The Rain Is Stopping Nobody Remembers When It Started Rain On The Western Seaboard Is A Condition Of Living But Now Just As Father Coffey Proclaims The Coming Of The Electricity The Rain Clouds Are Lifting Seventeen Year Old Noel Crowe Is Idling In The Unexpected Sunshine When Christy Makes His First Entrance Into Faha, Bringing Secrets He Needs To Atone For Though He Can T Explain It, Noel Knows Right Then Something Has Changed As The People Of Faha Anticipate The Endlessly Procrastinated Advent Of The Electricity, And Noel Navigates His Own Coming Of Age And His Fallings In And Out Of Love, Christy S Past Gradually Comes To Light, Casting A New Glow On A Small World Harking Back To A Simpler Time, This Is Happiness Is A Tender Portrait Of A Community Its Idiosyncrasies And Traditions, Its Paradoxes And Kindnesses, Its Failures And Triumphs And A Coming Of Age Tale Like No Other Luminous And Lyrical, Yet Anchored By Roots Running Deep Into The Earthy And Everyday, It Is About The Power Of Stories Their Invisible Currents That Run Through All We Do, Writing And Rewriting Us, And The Transforming Light That They Throw Onto Our World

!!> BOOKS ✵ This Is Happiness  ✫ Author Niall Williams – Anguillais.us
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • This Is Happiness
  • Niall Williams
  • 13 June 2019
  • 9781635574203

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  1. says:

    Niall Williams writes a joyous ode to Ireland, its landscape, and to family and community roots in this lyrical coming of age novel set in the rural village of Faha in County Clare It speaks of a not so long ago past where life was simpler, a place that ran to its own sense of time, ostensibly not a memorable place, but Williams lovingly and tenderly evokes and illuminates a family and a community with their own particular beauty Even if it did rain incessantly in all its multitudinous forms almost all of the time, a rain that shapes location and its inhabitants People are stories, and stories are a source of celebration, reasons to live, inherently integral to Faha, knitting its people together with each other and at the heart of its traditions and rituals Stories may not always be believed but they have currency, a currency that is quintessentially bone deep in its Irishness Nothing is Irish than the central place of the Catholic Church, and true to this, in Faha its life blood is St Cecilia s Church, and Father Coffey refuses all opportunites to move, so deep is he embedded in Faha and to Fahaeans.78 year old Noel Noe Crowe is looking back at his life and loves, a life that he knows is rose tinted, Faha had its own villains, was scarcely immune to the repercussions of the failure of Irish institutions laid bare, and not to mention the strains of impoverished lives He refuses to let all this loom large in his memories, he is all too aware of his own errors, stupidities and how he unintentionally hurt others He goes back to the time he returned to Faha at 17 years old after losing his faith and leaving the seminary, too afraid of the world to love it, and plagued by thoughts that somehow life is passing him by He is living with Ganga and Doudy, his grandparents who kept intact ancient courtesies in the theatre that is their marriage, with Noe learning what subterfuge and sacrifice it took to be independent and undefeated by the pressures of reality Christy comes to lodge, a man who had returned to Ireland poorer than when he left it to travel far and wide He is deeply wrinkled like a chamois, with a poor eyesight that has been diminished by the world and the beauty of women and young Noe can feel that he is going to be a force for change This is the glorious story of Noe s unfolding life and a Christy resolved to atone for his past mistakes.The prose in the novel is so eloquent, imbued with the slow moving rhythms of rural life that reflects the pace of life that now seems to be beyond reach for most of us This is an immersive read that takes in the changes that are brought with the introduction of the telephone and electricity, and the impact they have in Faha What really got me was Williams s gift with characters, from Noe, Christy, and to the beloved Ganga, a man who didn t believe in money, and despite being poor would drop a coin for someone to find, all so that he could make their day People are vibrantly depicted with their quirks, simultaneously portrayed in all their ordinariness and extraordinariness This will not appeal to readers who prefer their books to have a faster pace but for me, the world stopped as I read this, I was enthralled by Faha, this time period and the people Williams is an accomplished storyteller Many thanks to Bloomsbury for an ARC

  2. says:

    A week ago I had no idea who Niall Williams was but after this I m sure I will not forgetting him for the rest of my life This was beautiful There s no other way to put it Simply beautiful Nostalgic and melancholic from start to finish this is one of those novels where you ll have to fall into the rhythm of the words to truly appreciate it This is a book to be savoured and you can t rush it And you can t give up on it either And so much wisdom So many beautiful passages I wanted to underline the whole book when darkness fell, it fell absolutely, and when you went outside the wind sometimes drew apart the clouds and you stood in the revelation of so many stars you could not credit the wonder and felt smaller in body as your soul felt enormous So compelling is the evidence of our own eyes and ears, so swift is your mind to assemble your own version of the story, that one of the hardest things in this world is to understand there s another way of seeing things This is a sometimes meandering and funny coming of age story where you ll get to know the characters slowly and you ll not get the whole picture until the end May we all be so lucky to live long enough to see our time turn to fable.

  3. says:

    The Ireland that Niall Williams writes about in this novel is gone or would be if he hadn t cradled it so tenderly in the clover of his prose Escaping into the pages of This Is Happiness feels as much like time travel as enlightenment Halfway through, I realized that if I didn t stop underlining passages, the whole book would be underlined.Although it takes place in the late 1950s, the story feels bathed in sepia tones, and that s not just the candlelight of Williams s nostalgia Electricity has not yet come to the rainy parish of Faha in County Clare, where This Is Happiness is set Proudly uninterested in the modern conveniences that other towns enjoy, these people work, instead, by the glow of lamps and moon, following the rhythms of life established centuries ago.But that and so much else is about to change when 17 year old Noe Crowe arrives from Dublin He s been sent to Faha to stay with his grandparents in their dark, thatched house Haunted by the slow death of his mother, Noe has recently withdrawn from seminary, not exactly in disgrace, he says, but terrified he might never discover what it meant to live a fully human life His experience in Faha will teach him and us much about that To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert

  4. says:

    This book is undeniably beautiful The pace is slow which makes it a book for a specific mood It s rare that I pause two third of the way through a book, particularly one I like, but that is the case here Living in the Pacific Northwest where the rain has come early this year I felt the need to escape the rainy green of Ireland In the bright sunny days of summer I plan to return to Faha.

  5. says:

    This is a lyrical and very Irish coming of age story, well worth reading.The story begins when Noe looks back at his youth, and remembers his path to maturity It takes a leap back in time to when he decided to leave the seminary, and found himself at a loss He stayed with his extremely old fashioned grandparents in a village which seemingly hadn t changed for centuries When Christy, a lodger, came to work on the electricity, and to search for his old love, Annie, Noe s life changed When he fell in love himself, he had to work out what was really important.This is a beautifully written, extremely evocative and moving book You can almost see the misty sunshine and smell the freshly mown grass in the Irish village However, it is written in a stream of consciousness style, and I am not a big fan of that kind of writing, so I found it difficult to read at times.I read another book by Niall Williams many years ago, which I preferred I think that it was Four Letters of Love , which Mum also enjoyed.I received a free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.EDITION HardcoverISBN 9781526609335PRICE

  6. says:

    Faha is a small Irish town that is on the cusp of being modernized even though its people are guided by tradition and the old faith The man who will bring them electricity has another agenda, however Christy once spurned one of Faha s most respected women and he will have an upward battle to find forgiveness Noel Noe is just at an age of understanding and he has Christy to guide him in the inner workings of love, forgiveness and what it means to be a good man This is a classic Irish coming of age tale that embodies the traditions, culture, and love of language and humor Niall Williams paints a beautiful picture of the remote Irish landscape and the quiet dignity of its people My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  7. says:

    I ve read Williams before,and I don t mind admitting he s brought me to tears.Although it didn t quite get to that point in this book,I was once again enveloped in a familiar feeling of family and home despite never growing up in Ireland without electricity.He shines when writing about his characters,each of them real,and all of them filling out the story perfectly.I think I ll miss Noe and Christy and Ganga and Doady in the next books I read.

  8. says:

    I found this one hard to keep with Quite literary, probably.I kept putting it down, as seen from the date range below but I persevered.Niall clearly has a strong sense of the time in rural Ireland that he is writing about I persevered, but I perhaps skimmed a lot It was quite emotional toward the end, and I was surprised that I was caught up in the book at that point.I ve only given it a 3 because of my own enjoyment But I think that for many they would rate higher than that.

  9. says:

    This is a beautifully written book, full of unexpected turns of phrase and descriptions of nature particularly rain and characters The reader is forced to slow down to village pace and enjoy the story telling, however, there were times when I did wish it moved just a little faster.Thank you to netgalley and Bloomsbury for an advance copy of this book.

  10. says:

    On leaving the seminary, seventeen year old Noel goes home to his father in Dublin and from there to his grandparents in the small village of Faha in County Clare On the same day, in the run up to Easter, a stranger arrives to lodge in the simple farmhouse an older man named Christy, part of the advance troops commissioned to install electricity in the village It s also the day that the rain stops and an unprecedented heatwave begins.Full review

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