The Gathering, CD-Audio
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


One day on Brighton beach, wayward but vulnerable Liam Hegarty drowns himself.

His sister Veronica, trying to come to terms with the suicide of her beloved brother, begins to take a closer look at her dysfunctional family's history in an attempt to pinpoint the moment at which their lives began to unravel.

In a powerful reading, Fiona Shaw brings Anne Enright's fourth novel vividly to life.




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Yawn.<br/>It's not so much a family gathering as a gathering of the narrator's memories about her dead brother and a gathering of her grandmother's life. I usually like the eccentricity of Man Booker Prize winners, but this one did nothing for me. I liked none of the characters -- I didn't even dislike them strongly enough. There's some minor entertainment in contemplating a family as large as their's, but that's about it.<br/>Take a pass on this.

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