Review: The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle

Reading Ireland Month 2019: Book 2

I misread this title. I mistook it for something whimsical or slightly fantastic, but the first chapter reminded me that walking into doors is a euphemism for domestic violence. Roddy Doyle’s The Woman Who Walked into Doors isn’t the cheeriest book, but it’s well-written so I recommend it anyway. It has a unique cadence, so an actor with a good voice could turn the audiobook into genuine art. read more

Review: The Green Road by Anne Enright

Reading Ireland Month 2019: Book 1

So much better than The Gathering! You may recall that I was critical of the “lit sex” in The Gathering. This criticism didn’t stem from prudishness, but because the absurdity of these scenes made me laugh and check out from the story. In The Green Road, a tighter narrative and more interesting characters kept me engaged even though a few lines made me laugh: read more