Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends Big generous hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen Their one thought is to get to Dublin to university and to freedomOn their first day at Univ

  • Title: Circle of Friends
  • Author: Maeve Binchy René Huigen Frans Thomése
  • ISBN: 9780099498599
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • Big, generous hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedomOn their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon, beautiful but selfish, and handsome Jack Foley But trouble is brewing forBig, generous hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedomOn their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon, beautiful but selfish, and handsome Jack Foley But trouble is brewing for Benny and Eve s new circle of friends, and before long, they find passion, tragedy and the independence they yearned for.

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    About “Maeve Binchy René Huigen Frans Thomése

    • Maeve Binchy René Huigen Frans Thomése

      Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while She also loved traveling, and this was how she found her niche as a writer She liked going to different places, such as a Kibbutz in Israel, and she worked in a camp in the United States While she was away, she sent letters home to her parents They were so impressed with these chatty letters from all over the world that they decided to send them to a newspaper After these letters were published, Maeve left teaching and became a journalist Maeve married Gordon Snell, writer and editor of children s books When they were struggling financially, Light a Penny Candle was published, which made her an overnight success Many of her books, such as Echoes, are set in the past in Ireland Some of her later novels, such as Evening Class, take place in modern times Her books often deal with people who are young, fall in love, have families, and deal with relationship or family problems The main characters are people whom readers can empathise with She passed away on 30 July 2012, at the age of 72.Her cousin Dan Binchy is also a published writer, as is her nephew Chris Binchy.

    575 thoughts on “Circle of Friends

    • This book is the ultimate comfort read for me A heart warming, emotionally gratifying rewarding experience The one where, after finishing, you just sit stare out of your head happy content that again the world has been put to rights Circle of Friends is to me what The Baronetage is to Sir Walter Elliot in Persuasion ere he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one there his faculties were aroused into admiration and respect, there any unwelcome sensations changed int [...]


    • I confess to loving what we at the bookstore used to consider old lady novels You know, written by nice old ladies, and featuring stock characters such as Comfortable old lady who smells like violets, Troubled young boy who will probably run away, thus becoming the catalyst to resolve the troubles of his father, who is Bitter middle aged widower who just needs a little lovin , and Beautiful woman who provides said lovin Well, I ve moved on from Rosamunde Pilcher, though The Shell Seekers will al [...]


    • Na alost, Mev je pro log leta preminula i ostali smo bez najtoplije irske autorke Njene knjige plene toplinom i pri ama o obi nim ljudima i njihovim sudbinama Knjige za one od 12 100 godina Ovo je pri a o dve devoj ice iz male varo ice u Irskoj i njihovom odrastanju Veoma uspe no je i ekranizovana A moram da se pohvalim da sam tokom prevoda prona la dve materijalne gre ke u originalu i da sam prva posle 35 izdanja koja je ta knjiga imala na engleskom i posle svih engleskih urednika koji su to it [...]


    • Pros The writing style itself with wording isn t bad It has a smooth and warm tone that fits the genre Characters are mainly likeable, especially the main Benny and her friend Eve, two girls who bonded despite being in such different circumstances The ending isn t predictable but it s a peaceful one There s a surprise that pops up with one of the characters showing their real face, so not everything is sedateCons The lengthy book is a story of unfolding and developing relationships, but not the [...]


    • 5 Stars Superb book I loved this book It s so well written and the character development is amazing I kept taking this one off my to read this, but boy am I glad I decided to put it back on The best way I can think of to describe this book is that it s a cozy read with a bit of a bite near the end It s so beautifully brilliant Just FYI, I m still flying high on this book so this review may be disjointed and messy.I liked the way the book moved it s rhythm It wasn t slow moving but it wasn t acti [...]


    • Still one of my favourite books Best written book ever Okey, I love Maeve Binchy, but this book is smashing I love it from the first until the last page.You ll love all the characters, especially the friendship between Benny and Eve And eventhough you loathes Nan s behavior, somehow you ll understand her You ll fall in love very quickly at Jack Folley, and as soon as that you ll find yourself annoyed by his taken for granted act to our lovable Benny.As other s Maeve writing, it s all details tha [...]


    • Do you have a favourite pair of old jeans Worn to death, washed to that perfect comfortable feel, not the latest edgy trendy cut and colour but still a firm favourite They are a perfect fit and make you feel good Ones you pull out and wear time after time Circle of Friends is the book equivalent of those jeans for me Around forever, radiating warmth, full of humour and with a gossipy, uplifting plot Yes, it s another of my comfort books.Big hearted, generous Benny is the main character From a ch [...]


    • Really enjoyable story predominantly following two young girls who grow up together in a small town in Ireland The story mainly focuses on when they go to University together in Dublin and encompasses the story of their friends there and in their home town.It s a family saga with plenty going on and loveable characters I listened to this on audio and it was beautifully narrated a lovely heart warming story.


    • Heart warming story about love and friendship How fate and personality can clash and destroy innocent dream hope This book is classic I like it OK I feel bit dragging on the character development Nevertheless this is a romantic and sweet book.



    • This book was over 700 pages Seriously At one point I nodded off and I think my finger kept moving or something so I woke up to a totally different place in the book, and did not go back I just couldn t.I really do love Maeve Binchy s works and since I saw the movie version of this, I really wanted to read this If I had known how long it was and how some parts deviated from the book though, I would have passed.I think the biggest issue is that at first the book focuses on two school children Ben [...]


    • This has probably been my favorite Maeve Binchy book that I have read so far One of the things that I like about Binchy is that she is very good at describing the characters and giving the back story of the characters.Circle of Friends tell the story of Benny and Eve, friends who grow up in a small town in Ireland They go off to university in Dublin where their circle of friends grows and their lives change greatly This is a story of friends and the changes we go through as we grow up.


    • My friend Elizabeth bought this book for me, saying that Binchy s writing is peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable to read It is that But I also had to stay up reading it till three A.M in desperate suspense.It wasn t due to relentless pacing or swift moving prose Binchy s writing career apparently began before the modern outcry against things like the passive verb and the third person omniscient voice Her brief sentences and snappy dialogue generally kept the scenes from dragging, though, and I appr [...]


    • Never before an author managed to keep me awake all night and hours beyond sun rise to finish their novel.But Binchy did And she did it twice Once about two years ago with The Glass Lake when I stayed with the book in my hand all night until 8 in the morning when I finally finished it AND yesterday as I stayed in bed from 11 30 till almost 7 in the morning with the little lamp guiding my eyes page after page as I impatiently yet gladly follow Binchy s plotsNo praise a humble reading like myself [...]


    • The best part about this book was the characters and how well they are portrayed Everyone had thier own distinct personality and thier personality shown through as if Binchy were writing about people she s known her whole life.I personally found the storyline a little slow for my liking, and it took me a long time to get through this book However, it was well written and I enjoyed it The character of Nan fascinated me the most I ve known girls like her, so poise and perfect in every way drives m [...]


    • I debated four stars five stars I really liked this story about two girls who grow up in a small town and go to college in Dublin Benny and Eve are fierce friends in a circle of friends who contain some who are not so true in the end Is it a perfect book Probably not Did I enjoy it Yes The moral lines are subtle, but they are there All the characters are fully drawn and the plot kept me reading quite late on the night I finished it.


    • Time taken to read on and off for 7 daysPages 722Publisher Arrow Blurb from Big, generous hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedomOn their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon, beautiful but selfish, and handsome Jack Foley But trouble is brewing for Benny and Eve s new circle of friends, and before lon [...]


    • Very enjoyable story, we read what happens in this group of friends and it s really entertaining Some characters are really nice others s a good portrait of life, maybe the book is a bit too long


    • This book starts off very slowly, with an opening chapter regarding the meeting of Benny and Eve the main characters of the novel It s a chapter that does very little than to show that Benny comes from a good family, and Eve is an orphan being raised by nuns The chapter itself is very long, boring, and honestly doesn t feel like has any purpose for the rest of the story, which then takes place 7 years later In a way, I am angry at the fact this chapter happened, since it barely served as a good [...]


    • Another book not reviewed right after reading Here s all I have I knew that I wanted to write on this lovely book, but that it would take some time and thought Unfortunately, now, I have allowed too much time to pass, and can t remember much of what I wanted to write ack What I do remember is that I found it fascinating to read this book while picturing the actress Minnie Driver as Benny I loved having a face for her And this book was truly enjoyable In fact, if I had another copy on hand, it w [...]


    • More like 2.5 I was feeling in the mood to read something cozy and glurge y that I didn t need to use much brainpower to read So something made me think of this I suspect it was seeing the third of the Dark Knight Batman films, and being reminded of the previous series of Batman films Yes, there is a connection Batman Forever featured Chris O Donnell as Robin, and in the movie version of this book which came out in the same year he played the male lead For a while he was a major teen heartthrob [...]


    • This novel is not great literature I chose it as a cozy book to read at bedtime to fall asleep It was slow and not very interesting, but doing what I expected of it putting me to sleep Then on page 336 of 599 I sat up and paid attention Really He thinks that of her An undesirable character who hopes to marry a girl to improve his business prospects has such a low opinion of her that he can t fathom another man having an interest in her From then on, I read this book whenever I could and stewed o [...]


    • Circle of Friends is the story of Benny and Eve, two best friends who grew up in Knockglen, Ireland together Benny, the only child of the owner of a men s clothing store and his doting wife, grew up treasured and somewhat sheltered, while Eve, the orphaned daughter of an heiress and her ill suited love, was brought up by the nuns in the local convent When the girls graduate from high school and move on to college in Dublin, they are introduced to a whole new group of friends and a whole new worl [...]


    • i probably shouldn t, but i LOVE this booke story of big girl benny, her friends nan and eve, her rampant catholic guilt, and the dreamy boy who fell for her and then broke her heart the movie is a decent tribute, and a meaty minnie driver is exactly how i pictured benny, but it changed the ending to one that is WHOLLY disappointing the actual story should be one of self discovery and empowerment however, the ending of the film makes the story into a forgive and forget love story between an ugly [...]


    • Ohhh Benny I love love her character and Ms Binchy was such a star in character creation There were quite a number a people to keep track of possibly the only downside but I couldn t stop going once I got into this book This author has such a way of developing characters and story that you feel as though you have an inside track on a small Irish town, Dublin, college, and group of friends I can t say that I was left with a good feeling at the end I did hope for But I cannot help but think of th [...]


    • Irish comfort food Re read this for Book Club after many years Forgot how much I enjoyed it and how wonderful a writer Binchy was I love characters that are so real you empathize with them through all their ups and downs Very different from the movie, but that was also very enjoyable as I recall A lengthy book, but a fast read and even minor characters are fully developed and memorable Perfect read on a dreary day and we have had far too many of those this winter with a nice cup of hot tea.Irish [...]


    • I really enjoyed this book I love historical fiction and I think she did well with it I found the characters very interesting, a little so than some of her other books It moved at a nice pace and I responded positively to how each paragraph frequently dealt with another set of characters so that you could envision the events occurring simultaneously Well done


    • This book was major comfort food during a very rainy week There were parts of this story that had me crying and parts that got me upset with some of the characters I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.


    • I am in love with this book Probably because I am a sucker for GREAT FRIENDSHIPS , DEEP MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS , GREAT FOOD LOVE Late Maeve Binchy write up in this novel deserves 5 s It was as if I was walking a memory lane of strangers who met up in university and become friends Great friends The way their life changed and got intertwined This book did not leave out the fights that happen among friends , love triangles, friendships that grew to relationships , friends that become enemies and [...]


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