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Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy

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Author: Maeve Binchy / Genre: Fiction

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      10.08.2009 17:05
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      A great piece from a master storyteller

      Circle of Friends
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      I heard a lot about this book and finally decided to buy it last month. The book is built around main character Benny Hogan in the back ground of an Irish landscape . The era of the story is set in old cultural mix and is really delightful to read through.

      Benny has come across Eve in her early years and they form a close relation. Maeve Binchy has really breathed a warm ambience for their true friendship and closeness coupled with the childhood innocence.

      During her college career Benny meets new people and the story rolls on to show the entire circle of friends. The two naïve ladies enter their adulthood and suddenly face plethora of changes around them which has been beautifully picked up in the story.The narration of characters like Nan & Jack has been really emphatic. I was particularly impressed with the character evolution of Jack as Benny's love interest. The story is really gripping in terms of depicting all the thread breaking events that lead to multiple tense moments in the circle of friends.

      This book talks about friends, their life style ,relationship, loyalty, maturity secrets and tearful moments of a circle of friends and keep the reader glued through out. Let me not spill the beans by depicting the entire story out here. But I would definitely like to mention that the characters are really well personified and you will long to meet them.

      I have read it twice and I feel you will also love it. As this book sends a strong message life is not ordinary there is every moment to be enjoyed and savour...

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        09.02.2009 09:32
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        Circle of Friends

        Circle of Friends is another one of Maeve Binchey's amazing stories which are such a delight to read.
        There was Benny who was the only daughter that had large type features where as her friend Eve was very petit that had been brought up by nuns in a very small Irish town called Knockglen.
        They both went to the Uinversity College which was in Dublin found themselves in a close knit circle of friends or was it so close? In this circle of friends there was also students Nan Malone & Jack Foley.After a time they would find that cracks will start to show in their close friendship.
        Benny who was always good natured and you could say even clown like always seemed to get the raw end of things.Then there was Nan who had very good looks and always took things but never gave anything back she was very selfish.
        Eve loved Benny very much and she was always very loyal to him but felt she could not like Nan who had the careless optimism on life so she then adopted a need to avenge Benny's disappointments.
        The twists and turns in the story you will find that then interweaves and draws together both worlds of Knockglen and Dublin and in a explosive way.
        It is a very easy read ideal for these cold days which we are experciencing. I like the style of writing which Maeve Binchey adopts which seems to flowsmoothly Her books for me once I start I can not put down. I have never been to Ireland but the descriptions in her books I feel as if I know the countryvery well. I like the way she writes about each of the characters and the clever way in which she inter weaves each of the charcters in the story. It also goes into relationships whether they are friends or going out as boy and girlfriend.

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