Time and Tide

Time and Tide

by Edna O'Brien


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Edna O'Brien's most personal and most powerful novel in print from Plume for the first time.

In a poignant, heart-felt exploration of one woman's struggle to be true to herself yet hold on to the things dearest to her, award-winning author Edna O'Brien tracks the life of Nell Steadman, an innocent "country girl" desperate to gain experience in whatever manner possible. Escaping from her overbearing family into an equally stifling marriage, Nell must fight for her freedom and custody of her children.

Passionate, raw, and gorgeously written, Time and Tide is a profound exploration of the primal undertow of motherhood.

"Brilliantly expressed...O'Brien is one of the great writers of stories in the English-speaking world." --The New York Times Book Review

"Time and Tide is O'Brien's harshest yet most beautiful work. O'Brien brings together the earthly and the delicately poetic: she has the soul of Molly Bloom and the skills of Virginia Woolf." --Newsweek

"Adjectives for Edna O'Brien's fiction inevitably include rich, raw, bleak, and relentless. As always in Ms. O'Brien's work, there is wonderful writing about passion." --The Wall Street Journal

"Sharp, perfectly observed, true." --The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452280519
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 07/01/1999
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.91(d)

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Time and Tide 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
oldblack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, on the believability scale so much of this book rates near zero, that it becomes unbelievable as a whole. This means that any potentially valuable exploration of mother-child relationships just gets lost a sea of drivel and garbage. It's highly likely that Ms O'Brien is writing on a higher level that the one on which I operate, so the problem is with me rather than with the book, but after nearly 200 pages I gave up in disgust. It started well but then progressed steadily downhill. I found myself really struggling by the time i reached her description of the main character's LSD trip, but the book degenerated further from there.This was the passage that finally provoked me to throw the book across the room. It describes an event in the main character's hospital room, in which she is visited by a man (Boris) with whom she used to have a relationship of sorts, and the man's new partner, Olga.:"....Boris took Olga's leather drawstring bag and held it upside down, so that the coins rolled along the floor, and then he made Olga get down and pick them up while he kicked her amiably and she whimpered, "It hurts Kermit...it hurts, Kermit" as she did the circuit of the room."If I was in that room I'd walk out shaking my head, and never talk to any of the people again. If she thinks this is worth writing about, I'm not going to read Edna O'Brien ever again.There is a valid point to be made about the tragedy of male-female relationships, but creating such a ridiculous parody of a 'relationship' surely can't encourage anyone to take the issue seriously.
SISA More than 1 year ago
I was reading in "reading Jackie her autobiography in books" Page 17 a paraphrase from the book: "Later in life she became good friends with the Irish writer Edna O¿Brien. When O¿Brien¿s novel Time and Tide came out in 1992, Jackie told her why she couldn¿t put the book down: ¿You have the power to move more than anyone I know.¿ The power to move was the magic Jackie found in her favorite writers and books." Isn't that amazing? I can't wait to read this book now!!