Fools of Fortune

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Viking Press, 1983 - Fiction - 238 pages
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Irishman William Quinton falls in love and has a brief love affair with his beautiful English cousin, in a story of love, revenge, and violence set against the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland

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Willliam Trevor is a consummate writer. - Goodreads
I liked this, but the ending was depressing. - Goodreads
Not the masterpiece Francine Prose says. - Goodreads

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This beautiful book, masterfully written tells the story of an Anglo-Irish family living in Ireland. It begins in 1918 when the fight for Irish independence brings the war onto the grounds of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patty - Goodreads

Excellent, yet unsatisfying...how history and culture affect lives for generations. How family lets us down and yet keeps us going. How love can mess things up... Read full review

Contents

Marianne
129
Imelda
187
Willie
221
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland on May 24, 1928. He received a degree in History from Trinity College in 1950. Before becoming a full-time author in 1965, he worked as a sculptor, a teacher, and a copywriter at an advertising agency. Trevor exhibited his sculpture in Dublin and England and was joint winner of the International Year of the Political Prisoner art competition in 1952. He wrote his first novel, A Standard of Behaviour, in 1958. His novels include The Old Boys, which won the Hawthornden Prize in 1964; The Children of Dynmouth, which won the Whitbread Award in 1976; Fools of Fortune, which won the Whitbread Award in 1983; The Silence in the Garden, which won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award; and Felicia's Journey, which won both the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Sunday Express Book of the Year awards. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of Short Stories and has written plays for the stage and for radio and television. His short story collection The Hill Bachelors received the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Short Stories. His other short story collections include The Day We Got Drunk on Cake and Other Stories (1967); The Ballroom of Romance and Other Stories (1972); Beyond the Pale (1981); A Bit On the Side (2004); and Cheating at Canasta (2007). In 1976, he received the Allied Irish Banks' Prize and in 1977 he was awarded an honorary CBE in recognition of his services to literature. In 1992 he received The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence and in 1999 the David Cohen British Literature Prize. He was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature in 2008.

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