A wonderful book. It tells the story of two families who intermarry; each with an old house - one in County Cork and one in Dorset. The parents, although Protestant, support Home Rule. Their house is burned by the Black and Tans and the father and daughters are killed. Trevor is a great author and this is one of his better books.
William Trevor considers himself primarily a story-writer, not a novelist, but with this novel he sure puts the kibosh on that claim.
Let him lull you with his consummate style, which never calls attention to itself but is clean and economical and straightforward, yet magical. But if you begin to think that's all this book has to offer, wait until about the mid-point, where the plot gently begins to thicken. I'm approaching the end, and have now taken to reading a very few pages a day, and magazine articles in between, so as to prolong the moment when he unravels the plot, and the sad day when I get to the last page of 'Fools of Fortune.'
I may edit this then, though I can already say with assurance that this book is very well worth reading -- like every other thing I've read by Trevor.
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