Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: The Lilac Bus

This book, a collection of interwoven short stories, follows a group of people who commute to and from their small Irish town to Dublin on the same bus. Though they spend a fair amount of time in one another's company, it quickly becomes clear that those travelling on the bus know very little of one another. As the story of each is revealed the reader learns that each character had significant problems and heartbreak.

This formula is one that will be familiar to regular readers of Binchy's fiction. This is one of Binchy's early books, but she has used this formula in later books to great effect. There is something comfortable about Binchy, and the reader can slip into reading her easily. Binchy delivers here exactly what the reader has come to expect from her, and that's certainly not a bad thing.

Maeve Binchy, The Lilac Bus (Delacorte, 1991) ISBN: 0385304943

2 comments:

Carrie said...

I'm sorry I'm late getting to this, but I wanted you to know that I added the link to this review on the main Ireland Challenge page.

Nan said...

If the Ireland Reading Challenge happens in 2012, this one will be on my list. thanks for the reminder. I read a lot of Binchy this year -some rereads, others new. I do love her.