The Good People by Hannah Kent generated a lot of conversation about life in Ireland in the 1820s, living in a small community; a lot about Irish sayings, rituals and superstitions, fairies; writing about true stories, court cases; grief, illness and the different characters in the book.
The author draws the reader into a preindustrial world where its people are deeply connected and dependent on the land and each other. Fairy lore and folk belief are commonplace in this valley community.
Everyone agreed Kent must have done a huge amount of research for the novel but some thought this may have been overdone, also the book became bogged down with the fairies or “The Good People”, but everyone agreed it as well written and had some said it had a similar feel to a Geraldine Brooks novel.
Comments included “hooked from the first page”, “describes it so well”, “way too much detail”, “her eye for detail is exquisite,” “based on a true story,” “needed a glossary,” “loved all the sayings”, “it was also about the collective health of the community,” “it was hard to keep going in the middle”, “I thought the story built momentum really well to an awful event”, “I was surprised by the ending,” “the writing is amazing”, “it seemed accurate to their way of life,” “there were a lot of strengths including her research and descriptive writing,” “the subject matter just didn’t appeal to me,” “fascinating” and “it was a book you could really get your teeth into”.
Pageturners gave this book an average of 4 stars out of 5.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th March in Orange City Library to discuss debut crime novel The Dry by Jane Harper. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.com or call Jasmine on 6393 8125.