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Book Title: The Temptation of Eileen Hughes|
ISBN 13: 9780006548324
The author of the book: Brian Moore
Date of issue: May 22nd 1995
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Moore tells the story of a 20-year-old Catholic "girl' and her wealthy employers, Bernard and Mona McAuley. The story opens with the three of them in London for a vacation. This unusual arrangement clues in the reader immediately that there is something unusual about their relationship. Eileen is naive and innocent in the way many Catholic girls were in decades past. The setting is the 1980's, but Ireland and Northern Ireland had yet to experience the sexual revolution. Eileen was convent-educated, and lived alone with her widowed mother.
Living and working in a small town outside of Belfast, she'd seen nothing of the world. The trip to London was her first trip outside Ireland, and on an airplane. The story is set during the height of the Troubles but they are in the deep background of this story. The characters regularly go into Belfast to shop or for leisure. Eileen thinks about moving to Belfast, and working there. While clearly the Troubles made life unbearably in some neighborhoods, there were people who went about their lives seeing the presence of the army as an inconvenience, but didn't spend time focused on the war.
This is the story of the power people hold over one another's life. Moore asks who holds the power in this situation? Eileen? Mona? Bernard? If you are a fan of Moore, interested in Northern Ireland, and the lives of women, it is worth a read.
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Read information about the authorBrian Moore (1921–1999) was born into a large, devoutly Catholic family in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His father was a surgeon and lecturer, and his mother had been a nurse. Moore left Ireland during World War II and in 1948 moved to Canada, where he worked for the Montreal Gazette, married his first wife, and began to write potboilers under various pen names, as he would continue to do throughout the 1950s.
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1955, now available as an NYRB Classic), said to have been rejected by a dozen publishers, was the first book Moore published under his own name, and it was followed by nineteen subsequent novels written in a broad range of modes and styles, from the realistic to the historical to the quasi-fantastical, including The Luck of Ginger Coffey, An Answer from Limbo, The Emperor of Ice Cream, I Am Mary Dunne, Catholics, Black Robe, and The Statement. Three novels—Lies of Silence, The Colour of Blood, and The Magician’s Wife—were short-listed for the Booker Prize, and The Great Victorian Collection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
After adapting The Luck of Ginger Coffey for film in 1964, Moore moved to California to work on the script for Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain. He remained in Malibu for the rest of his life, remarrying there and teaching at UCLA for some fifteen years. Shortly before his death, Moore wrote, “There are those stateless wanderers who, finding the larger world into which they have stumbled vast, varied and exciting, become confused in their loyalties and lose their sense of home. I am one of those wanderers.”
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