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characters The Herbalist Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce Dark side her world turns upside down She may be naive but she has a fierce sense of right and wrong With his fate lying in her hands Emily must make the biggest decision of her young life To make the herbalist pay for his sins against the women of the town Or let him escape to cast his spell on another place. What a fab book This lady can really write Highly recommendedsee my full review belowhttpbleachhouselibraryblogspotie

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characters The Herbalist Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce Pellbound by the exotic stranger here is a man of the world who won't care that she's not respectable However Emily has competition for the herbalist's attentions It seems the women of her small town are all mesmerized by the visitor who they say can perform miracles When Emily discovers the miracle worker's. The Herbalist is written in the point of view of 4 women 2 are written in the first person and 2 are in the third person I didn t find it jarring It was divided by chapter and the voices were distinctive The fact that Niamh Boyce is also a poet who has won awards is clear when reading The Herbalist As I read the book I felt as if an impressionist painting was being revealed stroke by stroke The three uestions on the cover stayed in the back of my mind as I watched 3 women s lives unfold Who will receive mercy Who will have hope Who will fall to ruinEmily seems like the main character She s an unreliable narrator I couldn t help but feel for her and admire her spirit even when she made poor decisions Though her erratic actions sometimes bothered me they felt true to her character Same with Carmel She too had a sad story but her situation didn t justify much of her behavior I don t think it was Niamh s intention to excuse it either Aggie a prostitute had a minor role early on but her value illuminated as the story unfolded The final character Sophie I don t have the book in front of me and I m terrible with names touched me the most I also had issues with several of her choices but understood them in the larger context of her situation There are other characters all written with the same depth and intrigue The Herbalist comes to town creating a stir with his exotic appearance and big promises He intrigues the women of the town in different ways But there s a darker side to his offerings Emily wants loveCarmel wants a babySophie originally wants love but her needs alter over the course of the story So much of what happens to the women their reactions and the conseuences are dictated by 1930s Catholic Ireland It becomes clear that sexual oppression and rigid women s roles leads to much of the unfortunate unfolding of these women s fates When women don t have power or control over their own desires or bodies the conseuences are dire I couldn t help but think of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling even though these are such different books Rowling also created a small town where the fate of a few was much fueled by the culture and judgement of the neighbors But where Rowling made just about each character unlikable Niamh s characters feel thoughtfully written Rowling also had too many points of view which made it hard for me to identify with any of the characters Niamh Boyce s use of 4 characters is just enough to make me feel as if I knew each one well She also was able to get at the story from a variety of angles making the plot interestingEven when I wasn t reading the The Herbalist it stayed with me And hours after I ve finished the book I m still thinking of the women

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characters The Herbalist Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce The Herbalist is the electrifying first novel from Niamh Boyce winner of the 2012 Hennesssy XO Award for New Irish Writing It is a devastating and emotional story of yearning and obsession in 1930s rural Ireland Out of nowhere the herbalist appears and sets up his stall in the market suare Teenager Emily is s. 35 Stars The Herbalist by Niamh BoyceSet in the 1930s in a small town in Ireland The Herbalist is a simple and compelling story excellently well crafted with subtle detail and exuisite prose that will keep you turning the pages of this beautifully written novelIt is hard to believe that this is Niamh Boyce s first novel as she really captures the mood of 1930s Ireland and I loved the contrast between the town and country girls and good and evil I have read a lot of books set in Ireland around this time and I think Niamh Boyce has a uniue ability to capture the reader s attention with her storytellingThe story centres on a small town where the usual gossip occurs between the shop keepers and the customers and where some of the town folk think the country folk are beneath them A town where very little seems to happen until a mysterious exotic man appears out of nowhere and sets up his stall in the suare his appearance in the town livens things up with his lotions and potions and the ladies of the town from young to old become mesmerized by this visitor who they say can perform miraclesI loved the cover of this novel as it just seems to draw you in and in itself tells a story of 1930s IrelandThe characters are well drawn and each has her own story to tell I loved that many of the female character were strong women who were easy to relate to There seemed to be an absence of catholic Ireland of the time in the novel Which I think would have dealt with the herbalist long before he made himself comfortable in the town and if not a parish priest would have chastised the women concerned from the alterI think this novel gives a great sense of social history of the time and I especially loved the reference to films showing at the local pictureOur book club has chosen this as our January read and having read the book I think it will make an excellent book club read as there is plenty of discussion and much to admire about the author s writing This is one I am looking forward to group discussionA well written and enjoyable read and I for one will look forward to Niamh Boyce s next novelNiamh was named the 2012 Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year My thanks to Penguin Ireland for sending me this novel to review


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    PDF NEW [The Herbalist] characters The Herbalist 35 Stars The Herbalist by Niamh BoyceSet in the 1930s in a small town in Ireland The Herbalist is a simple and compelling story excellently well crafted with subtle detail and exuisite prose that will keep you turning the pages of this beautifully written novelIt is hard to believe that this is Niamh Boyce’s first novel as she really captures the mood of 1930s Ireland and I loved the contrast between the town and country girls and good

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    PDF NEW [The Herbalist] This was a potentially interesting story of rural Ireland in the 1930s When a herbalist arrives in a small town the women flock to him many secretly hoping he'll cure what ails them In fact he is a back room aborti

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    PDF NEW [The Herbalist] A very easy four star

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    PDF NEW [The Herbalist] Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce “You wouldn’t know it but it’s my story You won’t find me in the column inches You won’t find me in the newsprint You’ll find me in the gaps the commas the full stops – the small dark spaces where on

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    Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read PDF NEW [The Herbalist] The Herbalist is written in the point of view of 4 women 2 are written in the first person and 2 are in the third person I didn't find it jarrin

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    PDF NEW [The Herbalist] I found it really difficult to get into this novel The character development was rather weak especially the development of character relationships It's ok to have a weak character but not a weakly developed charac

  7. says: Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce characters The Herbalist

    characters The Herbalist PDF NEW [The Herbalist] Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce Firstly this is a brilliantly written first novel by new Irish author from Kildare Niamh Boyce Inspired by a 1940's newspaper clipping about a herbalist arrested for crimes against young girls Boyce deals with the hypocrisy and close

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    PDF NEW [The Herbalist] Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce Just to be clear I loved this bookBut being totally honest I found the first chapter or two unexciting So much so that I picked up another book to read instead I did intend giving The Herbalist another go and when my book club chose it as our book du jour I was delighted to have a reason to pick it up again And I am SO glad I did It's a very different style of book to any I've read before The author's voice reminds me a little of

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    Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce PDF NEW [The Herbalist] Niamh Boyce ½ 5 Read What a fab book This lady can really write Highly recommendedsee my full review belowhttpbleachhouselibraryblogspotie

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    characters The Herbalist PDF NEW [The Herbalist] Download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ½ Niamh Boyce 354 Not sure what I feel about this Loved the idea but not so much the execution of this story

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