The Copper Beech

The Copper Beech

eBook - 2007
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The eponymous copper beech is a huge tree that shades the tiny schoolhouse in the village of Shancarrig. For generations, graduating pupils have carved their initials on the massive trunk, and the book examines what has become of some of them. Though each of the 10 chapters offers the perspective of a single character, Binchy adroitly indicates the ways in which their lives intersect. Thus, the allegedly stolen jewels that are discovered and stolen again in one early chapter become significant in later chapters. Long after two adulterous characters sneak into a Dublin hotel, it emerges that they were spotted by a small soul from Shancarrig, who passes on the information--with unforeseen consequences. A priest's dalliance with the sweet young schoolteacher is shown to have been been suspected by others in the village. The result is a charming and compelling series of interlocking stories about ordinary people who are given dimension through Binchy's empathetic insight.
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2007
Edition: Delta trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780440337638
0440337631
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

An enormous copper beech tree growing in a tiny Irish village becomes the centre point for ten interlocking stories about a priest, a school teacher, a pair of lovers, and others.

FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

An enormous copper beech tree growing in a tiny Irish village becomes the centre point for ten interlocking stories about a priest, a school teacher, a pair of lovers, and others.

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SweetieandTee
Oct 31, 2011

I love Maeve Binchy's books such as Circle of Friends, Tara Road, Scarlett Feather but this one is a real dud. Stopped after 20 pages as it was very boring and I didn't want to force myself to read it just because it was Maeve Binchy's book.

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