Were you at all surprised by the way that Eilis’s trip home went? Did you think that she would be able to not mention Tony and fall back in with her old crowd? Were you surprised that she was able to have feelings for Jim so soon after leaving Tony?
Throughout the whole last section, I felt so bad for Eilis’s mother. I could tell that she was lost and lonely without any of her children at home. But, I didn’t want her feelings of loneliness to affect Eilis’s ability to stay true to her husband.
Did you feel sorry for Jim? He seemed like a really nice guy, and he seemed like someone who would take care of Eilis. But she had a responsibility to come back to Tony, so I knew it wouldn’t work for her to stay with Jim. Still, do you think Jim felt completely blindsided once he realized that Eilis went back home? Do you think Eilis told him that she had a husband waiting for her?
I kind of wished that the book ended with a reunion between Tony and Eilis, but I understood why Toibin left the book pretty ambiguous.
I am always pretty curious to know what authors think of the movie adaptations of their books. If you’re curious to know what Tóibín thought of the movie, check out this clip.
Make sure to tell everyone what you thought of the book—and the movie, if you end up watching it. I really enjoyed the book this month, and I hope you did, too!
I also hope you’ll join us next month. We’ll be reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Just to warn you, this book is a tear-jerker, so make sure you stock up on tissues before you start reading!