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1560549211
Author:
Francis Tomelty,Brian Moore
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G K Hall Audio Books (August 1, 1992)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers Frances Tomelty brilliantly performs this grievous story of a woman excluded from the feast of life. The narration is perfectly timed, perfectly nuanced.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955. Frances Tomelty brilliantly performs this grievous story of a woman excluded from the feast of life. In dialogue each character is drawn sharply, totally. The only jarring note is James Madden, who returning to Belfast after thirty years in America sounds like a small-time bookie from the Bronx, a noise which hurts the ear, particularly when heard amidst Tomelty's mellifluous Irish voices.

Frances Tomelty brilliantly performs this grievous story of a woman excluded from the . Book pak, BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers,.

Frances Tomelty brilliantly performs this grievous story of a woman excluded from the feast of life. Glorious as her portrayal of Judith Hearne is, Tomelty's crowning triumph may be the insinuating Bernard Rice, mama's boy and poet, who sees straight through Miss Hearne's pretenses at gentility. This is a wonderful piece of work.

Judith Hearne (1955, later retitled The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne), said to have been rejected by a dozen . She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.

Judith Hearne (1955, later retitled The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne), 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 o. Afterword by. MARY GORDON.

Of course, it helps that the book is an NYRB Classic. When you trust an imprint as much as I trust them, you can afford to select their books based on their covers. But really, the cover was the kicker. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne takes place in Belfast in the middle of the century

Judith Hearne is an unmarried woman of a certain age who has come down in society My initial reaction to The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was to be thankful that the attitudes prevalent in the 1950’s, and particularly the objectification of women, seem s. .

Judith Hearne is an unmarried woman of a certain age who has come down in society. She has few skills and is full of the prejudices and pieties of her genteel Belfast upbringing. My initial reaction to The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was to be thankful that the attitudes prevalent in the 1950’s, and particularly the objectification of women, seem so anachronistic in 2018. This book was published in 1955. Judith herself expresses fears that are standard fare for novels written in the . 8th century, the Austen era.

Judith Hearne, a Catholic middle-aged spinster, moves into yet another bed-sit in Belfast. A socially isolated woman of modest means, she teaches piano to a handful of students to pass the day. Her only social activity is tea with the O'Neill family, who secretly dread her weekly visits. Judith soon meets wealthy James Madden and fantasises about marrying this lively, debonair man. But Madden sees her in an entirely different light, as a potential investor in a business proposal. On realising that her feelings are not reciprocated, she turns to an old addiction – alcohol.

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is a 1987 drama film made by HandMade Films Ltd. and United British Artists (UBA) starring Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins. It was directed by Jack Clayton (his final theatrical film) and produced by Richard Johnsonand Peter Nelson, with George Harrison and Denis O'Brien as executive producers. The music score was by Georges Delerue and the cinematography by Peter Hannan.

The first thing Miss Judith Hearne unpacked in her new lodgings was the silver-framed photograph of her aunt.

The first thing Miss Judith Hearne unpacked in her new lodgings was the silver-framed photograph of her aunt whatever bed-sitting-room Miss Hearne happened to be living in. And as she put her up now, the photograph eyes were stern and questioning, sharing Miss Hearne’s own misgivings about the condition of the bedsprings, the shabbiness of the furniture and the run-down part of Belfast in which the room was situated. But Judith has a secret life

Judith Hearne is an unmarried woman of a certain age who has come down in society. But Judith has a secret life. And she is just one heartbreak away from revealing it to the world. I adored this closely observed character study. By the end, my heart broke for Judith Hearne, which was not what I expected from the first two chapters.

Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987). Judith-or Judy, as she calls herself in her many reveries-is in many ways a product of her upbringing. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is one of the saddest books I’ve read this year, a book that should send you calling that maiden aunt of yours - or perhaps AA. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. Moore’s work is reminiscent of Barbara Pym’s, only where Pym enjoyed mocking her amusingly foolish characters, Moore’s Judith is frighteningly pathetic. A woman of a certain age, that is, well past 40, Judith Hearne is unmarried, alone, without friends, family, looks, or money.

  • ZloyGenii
I know people sometimes slip into hyperbole when they write reviews but on my honour I can truthfully say I have never read a more emotionally crushing novel than this masterpiece by Brian Moore. I legit cried during a couple parts and there were times I wanted to put the book aside and go read something lighter and easier but I couldn't.
The story takes place in Belfast in the 1950's and the main character is a lonely, poverty stricken, repressed spinster named Judith Hearne. She lives in furnished rooms on a meagre income with her meagre belongings and has very little to live for. The few social connections she has are mostly people taking pity on her out of a sense of Christian charity. She has no real prospects of finding decent employment or a husband.
The descriptions of bedsits, poverty and truly deep loneliness are heartbreaking and remind me of The Smiths at their saddest and best. I wonder if Morrissey was a fan of this novel?
Midway through the story a small ray of hope enters Judith's pitiful life in the form of a man returned to Ireland from America. But there is no happy ending, no hope and no one to rescue Judith from her misery. At the end the reader knows that Judith will die as she has lived, poverty stricken and alone. The author's skill makes us realize that this story is probably happening all the time. There are probably tens of thousands of people in our society right now living like this and there probably won't be happy endings for them either.
This book is brilliant. It takes you to the depths of despair and shows you around if you are brave enough to take the journey. The best literary examination of loneliness I have ever come across. I'm baffled as to why this book isn't more widely known but perhaps it is a little too much for the general public who've been raised on happy endings.
  • Faebei
This exquisitely written novel writes unflinchingly of a genteel, middle-aged Irish Catholic lady living in Belfast in the 1950’s. She is plain, she has few useful skills (at least in the world of business), and she is a spinster. Her two chief possessions, adorning the walls of the shabby boarding house in which she resides, are a picture of her deceased stern aunt, whose grip on her is as yet unloosened, and a print of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a sign of a piety whose grasp is equally unshakable. And therein lies the passion of “The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.”

For Miss Hearne has a passionate nature, deep within her. She longs for the love of a man. And if she cannot have that, she longs for the spiritual consolation that will carry her through her days. Both longings prove to be impossible to fulfill, even though at time, at least to Miss Hearne, their fulfillment seems to be within sight, and even though they are irreconcilable longings. And so, quite shockingly and, it would seem, not at all inevitably, she turns to drink.

Despite the novel’s pathos, there are wonderful comic portraits: of the scoundrel James Madden, returned from Brooklyn; of the landlady Mrs. Rice and her fat son Bernard; of the unkind priest, Francis Xavier Quigley.

To enter the world of Judith Hearne, so beautiful and so bleakly sketched, is to enter another time and place and to be invited to think about the suffering of a woman so ordinary and unassuming that she is, to all intents and purposes, invisible.

M. Feldman
  • Dagdarad
The Northern Irishman Brian Moore wrote JUDITH HEARNE when he was only twenty-seven. The first of his novels to be published under his own name (his other published works had been genre fictions published under a pseudonym), it had been rejected by multiple publishers until it was finally accepted, and it immediately made his name as a major writing talent. For years different directors and publishers wanted to bring the story to the screen and to the stage; it was finally made into a film in the late 1980s directed by Jack Clayton and starring Maggie Smith.

THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE (as Moore later re-titled it) is a character study of a plain and down-at-heels spinster living in her forties in Belfast near the middle of the twentieth century. We first meet Judy Hearne through her thoughts and those of the people who inhabit her boarding house: Moore was much influenced in this stage of his career by James Joyce, and we discretely move through the characters' thoughts as the narrative progresses. As it does so, we find out more about Judith that contradicts not only what she had told others but even herself in her private moments. Raised by a strict and financially comfortable aunt, whom she loved but who demanded Judith sacrifice everything to take care of her, she has ended up imprisoned in virtually in genteel poverty by history, by her family, by her Church, and her own pride; she is loved by no one, and has no hope of better prospects. We learn too in time that she is only now in a dry spell from the alcoholism she has developed in later life. And a misunderstanding with her landlady's brutal but charming brother results in Judith's return to the bottle.

The novel is cruelly constructed, perhaps in the way that only a younger writer of great talent would, so as to take almost everything away from Judith by the conspiracy of circumstance. Everything becomes taken away from her, including her only mainstays, her snobbish genteel pride and her simple faith. The narrative is shaped nearly like the stations of the Cross, with Judith undergoing in the work's second half a series of trials which threaten to take more and more away from her. I was afraid to read the novel, having heard of its reputation, and even so it was an even more viscerally devastating read than I had imagined: Brian Moore spares Judith (and his readers) almost nothing, showing what life is like with no companionship, no mercy, no prospects, and no faith. It would be hard to imagine recommending anyone to read this knowing how rough the read can be; yet even so I know I'll come back to it, because it is so beautifully crafted.
  • ALAN
Such a sad story of a tortured soul. A beautifully executed novel that does pack a wallop. I've had this novel in my to be read pile for years and have had a lot of recommendations for it but the timing just wasn't right for the read.

It's an emotionally draining read, of a complex woman, her "battle" with alcohol, her guilt, and her faith. I can't remember having read a novel where a male author has been able to portray a woman so finely, delicately as the author was able to do in this novel.