Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brooklyn by: Colm Toibin

  Colm Toibin's novel "Brooklyn" truly is a novel that is both inspirational and awe-inspiring. "Brooklyn" centers around a woman named Eilis, who was born and raised in Ireland. Due to the lack of employment and love interests, Eilis is given the opportunity to leave Ireland and escape to America where she has a job wanting readily for her. As she suffers from homesickness and feelings of loneliness and despair, she begins to question if it was truly the right decision to move to America and leave everything she has ever known behind.

    All of that changes when she meets Tony. Tony, the kind, loving, caring, man that has his eye set on Eilis. As they begin to talk, hang out, and just be with one another, Eilis notices that she does not feel lonely or in despair but happy for the first time since she came to America. But as the romantic chemistry sparks between them, horrible news is on it's way from Ireland threading to destroy everything she has worked so hard to create in Brooklyn.

Ultimately the question that everyone wants to know is where does Eilis' future lie now?

Brooklyn truly portrays and captures of the struggle of an immigrant moving to the US in the post war world. Eilis is a character that is relatable, the issues she faces are no less true for people of many eras from all over the world who take on the huge challenge of immigration. Colm Toibin also did an amazing job with the portrayal of the boarding house in which Eilis lives in during her stay in Brooklyn. In the end, this was a beautifully written and patiently paced tale that everyone should read.