The Land of Spices

10 best books like The Land of Spices (Kate O'Brien): Tara Road, Amongst Women, The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone, The Last September, Seeing Things: Poems, Field Work, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes, Station Island, The Haw Lantern, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney

Tara Road
AuthorMaeve Binchy
With each new book, Maeve Binchy continues a remarkable progression of sales and audience growth, reaching fans of all ages and backgrounds with her matchless wit, warmth, and sheer storytelling magic. "Tara Road," her first full-length novel since "The Glass Lake," again shows her incomparable...
AuthorJohn McGahern
Did you read any great novels recently about a thoroughly decent man? A guy who wasn’t violent and treated everyone with humanity and tried to look on the bright side? No, me neither. That is why Ulysses is so great. Leopold Bloom is that guy, always trying the cheer up his fellow struggler, always looking...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that...
AuthorElizabeth Bowen
The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of a young woman's coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney (born April 13, 1939) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, four years after the publication of this book, Seeing Things. The Nobel committee described his works as “those of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” He was a...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
"Field Work," which first appeared in 1979, is a superb collection of lyrics and narrative poems from one of the literary masters of our time. As the critic Dennis Donoghue wrote in "The New York Times Book Review": "In 1938, not a moment too soon, W. B. Yeats admonished his colleagues: 'Irish poets, learn...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. Written in the fifth century BC, this play concerns the predicament of the outcast hero, Philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island of Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. Abandoned because...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
The title poem of this collection, Seamus Heaney's first after Field Work (1979), is set on an island that has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years. Heaney's pilgrim is on an inner journey and proceeds through a series of dream encounters which lead him back into the world that...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney describes the haw lantern as "small light for small people" but there is more than tiny illumination emanating from one of Ireland's premier poets. Heaney peppers this short collection of poems with crafty language and natural objects: "I heard the hatchet's differentiated/Accurate...
AuthorSeamus Heaney
Widely regarded as the finest poet of his generation, Seamus Heaney is the subject of numerous critical studies, but no book-length portrait has appeared before now. Through his own lively and eloquent reminiscences, "Stepping Stones "retraces the poet's steps from his first exploratory testing...
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