Feb 19, 2020
The Copper Beech
Posted by Maeve Binchy

In the Irish town of Schancarrig, the young people carve their initials and those of their loves into the copper beech tree in front of the schoolhouse But not even Father Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes on behind Shancarrig s closed doors, or Dr Jims, the village doctor, who knows all the rest, realizes that not everything in the placid village isIn the Irish town of Schancarrig, the young people carve their initials and those of their loves into the copper beech tree in front of the schoolhouse But not even Father Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes on behind Shancarrig s closed doors, or Dr Jims, the village doctor, who knows all the rest, realizes that not everything in the placid village is what it seems.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Title: The Copper Beech
  • Author: Maeve Binchy
  • ISBN: 9780752876818
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Copper Beech In the Irish town of Schancarrig the young people carve their initials and those of their loves into the copper beech tree in front of the schoolhouse But not even Father Gunn the parish priest who


    There is something very special about Maeve Binchy s writing The first time I read one of her books it was 1990 In the 27 years since then she has continued to produce books that are in depth explorations into people s hearts and minds She does not do this ruthlessly or clinically, like a surgeon making a deep cut She does so with delicacy, sensitivity, and a garden of compassion.Are her books all rainbows and unicorns Not by any stretch of the imagination The endings are always positive and aff [...]


    This is my favorite Maeve Binchy book that I ve read to date I ve yet to find another person who feels the same way, so perhaps I m the odd woman out, but I don t mind I simply got immersed in the story and found it easy to relate to the characters especially Chris I loved the idea that everyone thought what they knew what was going in the other characters lives, but it wasn t until you got to their respective chapters that you learned the truth.


    I have always loved Maeve Binchy s stories she s such a marvelous storyteller This book, set in a small Irish country village, follows a group of school children, from childhood through to parenthood Their lives are entertwined, like many in small towns, but each of their stories hold secrets The book was set from the 50 s and ended in the 70 s, and gives a good picture of life at that time in rural Ireland The school that had seen generations of children walk through its doors, to carve their n [...]


    The Copper Beech is a series of interwoven character studies, which tell different parts of a story of a small town community in Ireland, in the middle and late twentieth century It opens with the description of a large beech tree, which gives shade in the grounds of a primary school The school is being honoured with a visit from the Bishop, and we meet several characters from the town including some mischievous children There are then several sections, each written from the perspective of one o [...]

    Cheyenne Blue

    I had a Maeve Binchy phase, oh, about 20 years ago She wrote these cosy books about an old fashioned Ireland, where people were quirky, knew everything about everyone, and were never nasty to each other Bad things happened to good people, but they got past it I outgrew Maeve, but from time to time I pick one up, for a pleasant re read.The Copper Beech is one of her ensemble cast stories She takes a central theme and weaves the individual stories around the centrepost It s a bit like reading inte [...]

    Lucy Hannigan

    One evening I went to visit with a neighbor who had just returned from another neighbor s house with 2 books and this was one of them I mentioned that I loved Maeve Binchy and was sadden by her passing My neighbor asked if I would like to borrow the book as she had the other book to read as well and I gratefully snatched it out of her hands At 400 pages, I wasn t sure how long it would take me to finish it especially since I had a few library books that were due back soon The next day my husband [...]


    I have to admit that I sometimes get a sense of deja vu when starting any of Binchy s books Her style is very much her own and taking any chapter from any of her books you can immediately tell it is a Bincky book However, I think that that is one of the things that appeals to me about her as a writer I read many modern novels that stretch the form and push the reader to re evaluate our place on earth, etc but when the world becomes just a tad to overbearing I always know I can open a Binchy book [...]

    Morana Mazor

    Pod crvenom bukvom , M Binchy Svako toliko otkrijem neku knjigu Maeve Binchy koju nisam itala, pa je tako bilo i sa ovom I nema tu iznena enja, znam da e mi se svidjeti jer volim kako ona pi e Opise malih irskih gradi a u okolici Dublina i njihovih itelja Tako je i ovdje Irsko mjesta ce Shancarrig i osam ljudi i njihovih pri a koje se, naravno, poprili no me usobno isprepli u Toplo, ivotno, opipljivi ljudi sa svojim vrlinama, manama i strahovima I svi se na ovaj i ili onaj na in mire sa ivotom L [...]


    A great all around story I love Maeve Binchy anyway, so it s hard for me to find a book of hers I don t like I like the way she tells her stories this one, like most, revolves almost entirely around different personalities, their secrets, actions, loves, hates, and how they all interact with each other Complex, yet simple The book spans almost 30 years, and you feel like you ve been there all along as the characters grow and change Nothing earth shattering, nothing overly gripping, just a well t [...]

    Kara Hansen

    I always enjoy the cozy stories from Maeve Binchy This one was not my favourite I found some of the stories dragged on a little too long.


    In the close knit Irish community of Shancarrig, there stands an old copper beech overlooking the schoolhouse For years, the imposing tree has been both a silent spectator and a staunch supporter of the generations of students who have gone to school in Shancarrig Eight children once carved their names and the names of those who they loved into the bark of the tree, as part of an annual tradition that takes place on the final day of school And so, the old copper beech has kept the secrets of the [...]


    A huge copper beech tree sits in the school yard in Shancarrig and everyone has weitten their names in the tree through out the years From ryan s Hotel to Barna Woods, where the gypsies came each year, from Nellie Dunn s sweet shop to FatherGunn s church, the tenor of life in this small Irish village is outwardly placid and uneventful Nessa Ryan would say it was deadly dull But, behind the calm exterior, serenity fades into unexpected drama Maddy Ross has a secret love Eddie Barton a surprising [...]


    I picked up this book simply because its author was Irish I m into all things Irish these days The author tells the stories, one at a time, of eight schoolchildren in a small Irish village who carve their initials on graduation day into the huge copper beech tree beside the school The stories intertwine and build on each other Some characters were likeable, others not, which I m sure was the intent of the author, but it shows how you never know what life will bring.


    Not bad but I didn t enjoy it as much as I did with the other ones I have read from this author.

    Terry B

    I enjoyed the stories of the various children growing up in the small Irish village and seeing how their lives intertwined It was not one of my favorite Maive Binchy books but if you enjoy Binchy s writing you will enjoy this book.


    I have read a short story book of Binchy before that was very nice and I feel Binchy somehow transferred her strength in writing short stories into this novel, by describing the lives of several people in one village in several stories that can be read on their own, but add to one another when read together I don t know how she does it, but she can describe a whole life of a person in a few pages in such a way that I can sympathize with the character, be absorbed and need some time to come back [...]


    It was a wonderful book of growth, with very three dimensional characters Reading the children grow up from playful young things to matured, sensible thoughful adults was a joy, and I felt as if I grew together with them There were some draggy stories in them, but it was well worth the good parts There were many parent child relationships in the book, each with their own flaws and beauty None are perfect, but they all are important in their little ways I think Maeve Binchy was adept in showing h [...]


    I cannot say that it was my favourite Binchy yet but I must say that it was quite interesting I liked the way that the author broke down the novel according to the several characters who made the story what it was I also liked the fact that when an event occured with one character, details were provided in another chapter based on a supporting character At times the novel was difficult to put down as the story was so appealing, despite the fact that there was no great particular event per se.At [...]


    I have been reading Maeve Binchy books since I was a teenager and for as long as I can remember, Tara Road has always been my favourite Well today that all changed when I finished The Copper Beech My new favourite Binchy book The Copper Beech is an incredible compilation of short stories about the people living in the small town of Shancarrig The stories describe their lives, hopes, feelings, secrets, fears and loves Though there are 8 stories of different people, they are all woven together Eac [...]


    An unusual narrative taking the reader from the beginning of the story, with the people involved being mostly children, through several formative years of their lives separately, adding extra details like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle until finally you realise the bigger picture I found the plot easy to follow, and there were plenty of surprises, but not unreasonable ones The only thing this book lost a star for was that the ending, where the characters story joins back into each other s and we find [...]


    The Copper Beech is just a standard Binchy novel The characters and setting were very typical Binchy As with The Silver Wedding, each chapter was about one character, and I found some of their individual stories interesting, or at least with the potential to be interesting had they been developed and not overshadowed by the general how the years pass by in a small Irish town plot Clearly that s one of Binchy s favorite plots, and she did it pretty well in Firefly Summer However, I don t think sh [...]


    Never judge a book club member by her cover There was this lady in my former book group whom I didn t know and when she chose this book I just knew she d picked it up at the check out line at Albertson s Wrong Maeve Binchy is a good storyteller and her characters are as real as their lives are not boring.


    Maeve Binchy s tales are so captivating Her descriptions are thorough She begins with the tree in the school yard and ends there, too I listened to this while walking and was transported to Ireland.

    Joan Mauch

    Not my cup of tea Too many characters to keep track of I realize Maeve Binchy is a wonderful writer, I simply didn t enjoy the novel as much as I thought I would The problem is no doubt with me, not Binchy.


    One of Maeve Binchy s best books so far.


    Good book, the ending was a bit of a surprise.


    loved this book.felt like i got to know the characters as each chapter focused on one person from the town.


    The Copper Beech is typically Irish, and Maeve is always enjoyable.

    Joanne Reese

    The little Irish town of Shancarrig provides an unforgettable landscape for this drama to unfold Binchy creates the setting much like she would a character, which is brilliant Told in omniscient POV, this story provides just the right amount of information for each character and each family unit represented There are shocking twists throughout the piece that pull at a reader s empathy And I loved the way one character s story would intersect with another.Binchy has an extraordinary way of gettin [...]


    Initially, The Copper Beech seemed like a collection of silly vignettes about random people in a small Irish village, but then the characters began to intersect and the story became interesting Sometimes you can learn about a character by seeing them through another s eyes The chapters became a mosaic describing the entire town.That town is Shancarrig, a small Irish village in the 1950s For years, the schoolchildren have carved their names in the trunk of a large copper beech tree that stands [...]

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