5 thoughts on “Fools of Fortune

  1. “Tell me tales of thy first love–
    April hopes, the fools of chance;
    Till the graves begin to move,
    And the dead begin to dance.

    “Fill the can, and fill the cup:
    All the windy ways of men
    Are but dust that rises up,
    And is lightly laid again.

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Vision of Sin

    “There’s not much left in anyone’s life once murder has been committed.” says Father Kilgariff (who is not a Father at all). And although his words refer to the murderer, those victims who survive a murderous attack, th

  2. It is 1983.

    And so this begins. But we know from those few notes that we will not linger long there. We will be taken back, in sepia tones; taken back a lifetime.

    In Dorset the great house at Woodcombe Park bustles with life. In Ireland the more modest Kilneagh is as quiet as a grave.

    You don’t need magic beans to hear Dickens there, looking back on the best and worst of times; and also looking back at the counterpoise of two countries. This:

    Her mother said something strange: that when you looked a

  3. There isn’t an Irish writer more dependable than William Trevor. This book is a love story, a star-crossed love story even, because the fact of the matter is that Fortune plays its part and there’s no way of knowing. The family at Kilneagh is an Anglo-Irish family, a Protestant family, with sympathies for the independence movement. Trevor takes some basic ingredients of Irish stories–religion, revolution, the Big House–and wraps them around a few individual lives is such a way that rends the h

  4. It was in 2000 that I first read William Trevor. The book was Felicia’s Journey, which I loved. Why did I not continue reading his work in the intervening years? I cannot answer that, except that now I think I will read more of his work, and soon, too.

    Fools of Fortune is an earlier novel, one that, apparently, Graham Greene called his best novel. Trevor takes three lives, intertwines them, and stretches them out over many decades. It all begins in Ireland, where the Black and Tans take a grueso

  5. -I finished reading Fools Of Fortune and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book gives you a glimpse into Irish history. Trevor’s writing was so vivid that I found myself living inside the book. Sometimes, we have no control over our past, or do we? Can we truly escape our past? Do we have any control over how it or our destiny is sculpted? This is a story about vengeance and how it can ultimately affect certain aspects of our lives. –
    -After reading the book, I wonder if any of the characters had any re

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