Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone growing up inseparable in the village of Knockglen Benny the only child yearning to break free from her adoring parentsEve the orphaned offspring of a conv

  • Title: Circle of Friends
  • Author: Maeve Binchy
  • ISBN: 9780385341738
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen Benny the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parentsEve the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother s wealthy family to be raised by nuns Eve and Benny they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen Benny the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parentsEve the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother s wealthy family to be raised by nuns Eve and Benny they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager s lace curtainsexcept their own It widened at Dublin, at the university where Benny and Eve met beautiful Nan Mahlon and Jack Foley, a doctor s handsome son But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision Long hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of aCircle Of Friends.

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    1. 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 u [...]

    2. 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 See [...]

    3. Nažalost, Mev je prošlog leta preminula i ostali smo bez najtoplije irske autorke Njene knjige plene toplinom i pričama o običnim ljudima i njihovim sudbinama Knjige za one od 12-100 godina Ovo je priča o dve devojčice iz male varošice u Irskoj i njihovom odrastanju Veoma uspešno je i ekranizovana A moram da se pohvalim da sam tokom prevoda pronašla dve materijalne greške u originalu i da sam prva posle 35 izdanja koja je ta knjiga imala na engleskom i posle svih engleskih urednika koj [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 mov [...]

    6. 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 detai [...]

    7. 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. [...]

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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.

    12. 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, [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 driv [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 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 be [...]

    17. 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!

    18. 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 more angry at the fact this chapter happened, since it barely served [...]

    19. Another book not reviewed right after reading. Here's all I have:I knew that I wanted to write more 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 [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 wo [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 more. But I cannot h [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 more 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!

    27. 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.

    28. 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 [...]

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