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The Old Jest (filmed as The Dawning)

The Old Jest filmed as The Dawning In year old Nancy Gulliver befriends a mysterious stranger and unwittingly becomes involved in the bloody conflict between the English and the Irish Nancy Pearl

  • Title: The Old Jest (filmed as The Dawning)
  • Author: Jennifer Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780140106985
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1920, 18 year old Nancy Gulliver befriends a mysterious stranger and unwittingly becomes involved in the bloody conflict between the English and the Irish Nancy Pearl

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    1. 4★This begins as a light-hearted, affectionate look at a young girl growing up in Ireland in 1920, after the end of WW1, but her childish, secret adventure turns serious and shows the dark divisions in Ireland. Nancy was orphaned very young and has been raised in a friendly, loving household by her Aunt Mary, her befuddled grandfather (a retired Major), and the family cook (and philosopher), Bridie. Grandfather is in a wheelchair and keeps constant watch on the distant railway line with his ev [...]

    2. You should read this book. Maybe stories about the Irish Troubles don't appeal to you? Maybe you don't like coming of age stories either? Too bad. You should still read this book.This is a terse retelling of a few shattering days in the life of a young girl, Nancy Gulliver, in Ireland during the 1920's. She has lived a somewhat sheltered life as part of a gentry family suffering a slow decline in their fortunes. One day she encounters a strange man, Angus Barry, intent on hiding out in the beach [...]

    3. Another beautifully written, somber novel by Jennifer Johnston. In 1920, in the countryside near Dublin, Nancy Gulliver comes of age, anxious, tetchy for her life to start. She lives with her "potty" grandfather and aunt, in a country estate long past its prime. The fading affluence of her family and her own sheltered life make her aimless, and drawn to an unfamiliar man harboring in a seaside hut. Johnston writes of "bruised ghosts lurking in the corners" with subtlety, and in Johnston's novels [...]

    4. This story of ten days in August 1920, in the Irish War of Independence, is the story of an ordinary girl, just turned eighteen. One of the things I like is that this is not a story about the war. It's a story about people whose lives intersect with it. Perhaps the coming of age metaphor is designed, as girl and country struggle toward autonomy. Nancy Gulliver is rather aimless and petulant, but not unlikable. She lives with her aunt and grandfather in a property that has become a burden. The fr [...]

    5. This is one of Jennifer Johnston's earlier novels--it is quite hard to fine now, I found a second-hand copy through --but it is amazing. I love her writing.

    6. "Death is an old jest but it comes new to everyone." ~ Ivan TurgenevA few years ago I read an astounding novel by Jennifer Johnston called "Shadows on our skin", so I thought I HAD to add a novel by her to my "Reading Ireland month" selections. I chose "The Old Jest" because it won the Whitbread Book Award in 1979.Set in late summer 1920, "The Old Jest" is an atmospheric and nostalgic look at the life of Nancy Gulliver, who has just turned eighteen. She never knew her father, and her mother died [...]

    7. I had a hard time warming up to this novel which was in the first place due to the main character Nancy Gulliver, who comes across as an odd, disjointed mixture of all sorts of character traits that never seem to form an organic whole. Immaturity, some sort of rebelliousness, reflective skills occasionally, barely connected. It was difficult to imagine that Nancy was a living and breathing human being. She never really came to life, which made reading the book an ordeal at times. If it had been [...]

    8. This tells the story of ten days in the life of Nancy, just turned 18 in 1920s Ireland, and her chance meeting with Angus Barry, an older IRA leader in hiding from the authorities. Set against the backdrop of Nancy's privileged Anglo-Irish life and her gradual and slow personal growth, this charts the short progress of their influence on each other.I found this an interesting read. Nancy is a somewhat annoying character, though still likeable, and her growing development throughout this short no [...]

    9. This novel reminds me very much of Elizabeth Bowen's "The Last September" yet it was written nearly a half century later. A fine novel, but why does Johnston focus on the beginning of "the troubles" ca. 1920 rather than on more contemporary manifestations? Makes me wonder if Anglo-Irish writers still harbor nostalgia for the period when they were ascendent in Ireland--although on the cusp of losing power. Maybe it's the old Walter Scott formula for writing historical fiction, that its appropriat [...]

    10. Anglo Irish orphan ingenue comes of age during the war of independence through encountering an ailing IRA mastermind along a no-man's-land stretch of beach she is, of course, in the process changed utterly when the terrible beauty of our country endures one of its contractions before her very eyes.All crisply written, but the stock characterisation (doddery Boer-veteran grandfather; kindly aunt maternal figure, sharp-tongued native housekeeper, etc, etc) and aforementioned well worn scenario mea [...]

    11. I don’t think Jennifer Johnston could write badly if she tried, and this novella demonstrates her usual understated, spare and controlled style very well indeed. With never a word wasted, she conjures up an atmospheric and haunting episode in the life of a young girl who gets caught up in the Irish political turmoil of the 1920s. Having said that, this is not one of my favourites of her novels as I found the central character hard to engage with, but as a portrait of this turbulent time in Ire [...]

    12. Relatively gentle coming of age story of a very annoying girl - until early 20c. history intervenes in Dublin with the Black and Tans and the Nationalists. Interesting to see their impact on the population.

    13. 1971 Whitbread NovelA nice character study of a woman coming into her own during a brief patch of The Troubles.

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