The Temptation of Eileen Hughes

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Brian Moore 1921 1999 was born into a large, devoutly Catholic family in Belfast, Northern Ireland His father was a surgeon and lecturer, and his mother had been a nurse Moore left Ireland during World War II and in 1948 moved to Canada, where he worked for the Montreal Gazette, married his first wife, and began to write potboilers under various pen names, as he would continue to do throughout

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Temptation of Eileen Hughes
  • Brian Moore
  • 07 October 2017
  • 9780006548324

10 thoughts on “The Temptation of Eileen Hughes

  1. says:

    Moore tells the story of a 20 year old Catholic girl and her wealthy employers, Bernard and Mona McAuley The story opens with the three of them in London for a vacation This unusual arrangement clues in the reader immediately that there is something unusual about their relationship Eileen is naive and innocent in the way many Catholic girls were in decades past The setting is the 1980 s, but Ireland and Northern Ireland had yet to experience the sexual revolution Eileen was convent educated, and lived alone with her widowed mother Living and working in a small town outside of Belfast, she d seen nothing of the world The trip to London was her first trip outside Ireland, and on an airplane The story is set during the height of the Troubles but they are in the deep background of this story The characters regularly go into Belfast to shop or for leisure Eileen thinks about moving to Belfast, and working there While clearly the Troubles made life unbearably in s...

  2. says:

    More of a 3.5 star read for me.While not my favourite of the Brian Moore novels that I ve read, it still lived up to the quote from The Times on the cover of my edition, in that it was a very good novel indeed.The narrative follows twenty year old Eileen Hughes, a shop assistant from the village of Lis Co Tyrone Co Down or fictional setting it s not clear , as she travels to London for a week s holiday with her wealthy employers, thirty somethings Bernard and Mona McAuley While on first impression the benevolence shown seems genuine, very soon, the complex relationship between the couple is apparent, and the real cause of their generosity becomes apparent.It s hard to talk about the novel without including spoilers, but Moore is able to weave quite a complex tale in a pretty short book The uneasiness I felt when reading, particularly when it came to the arrogance of the employers was genuine, although a few of the events that occurred du...

  3. says:

    I was somewhat skeptical about this novel mainly because the plot didn t look too attractive It sounded like a familiar and perhaps even dated topic a married man madly in love with a young woman Love triangle how much times have I read about it However, it somehow manages to be really good I was very interested in the trio, maybe because just when you think you ve figured them out, they turn into something new, making you realize that he wife is not such a harpy as she seems or that Eileen is not so boringly and unconvincingly innocent It s not just a story about love it s about something else as well As much as it is about drama of being in love, it is also about the purpose of life and other questions one may asked oneselfthemes like religion and suicide are in there as well The Temptation of Eileen Huges opens up with three characters Bernard, Mona and Eileen vacationing in London This trio stays in focus throughout the novel The other characters are not analyzed, they are in the background The only exception would be Eileen s mother she gets some space and character Another thing that is in the background is the political climate of the time bombing IRA is carelessly mentioned, it doesn t have an impact on the lives of this literal characters I don t think that social status is that important here, it s just something that is described, not something that is commented on that s my opinion Somehow this novel seems much older than it is Why ...

  4. says:

    Unexpected, thoroughly What a reader thinks will happen, doesn t There s nothing of the formulaic here, and Moore moves his small cast through their secrets and dreams and fears very deftly In the end, one can t be entirely sure about the temptation of the title, whether Eileen is tempted or if Eileen herself is the temptation It is fully both Yes, the story is about obsession, but it s also about the fact that no one knows anyone else s story completely, doesn t know why another person d...

  5. says:

    This book is much less exciting than it sounds, and is in fact a bit of a misnomer Eileen is too much of a goody two shoes to experience any kind of strong desire or emotion The novel would have been interesting if it had focussed on Bernard, the rich businessman who falls madly in love with Eileen, and yields to the temptation of confessing his love to her, although he is already married Moore suggests at various points that after some sort of religious crisis, Bernard has given up on God, tried worshipping the arts, and finally elected pretty, clueless Eileen as his deity If you suspend disbeli...

  6. says:

    This novel doesn t achieve the same artistry as Moore s The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne a book I adore so much that I ve read multiple times , but, overall, this was a well written, utterly engrossing, fairly well crafted book The behavior of Eileen s boss could be uncomfortably creepy at times though this was no doubt intentional and Eileen herself, as a protagonist, struck me as a bit bland but the excellent prose and page turning narrative mostly redeem those flaws And the endin...

  7. says:

    Short and somewhat interesting novel about a young Irish woman who is drawn into the strange relationship of a wealthy couple who employ her The obsessive fixation of the husband, Bernard, on Eileen was well drawn in chilling and pathetic detail, but the character of his wife seemed enigmatic right to ...

  8. says:

    Brian Moore, for me, is the Irish Graham Greene He is that good And The Temptation of Eileen Hughes is another excellent novel from this wonderful writer.Sadly not enough people know about Moore, or at least in Australia anyway but this is now the sixth, or seventh Mo...

  9. says:

    Eileen, a naive young Irish lass, never signed up to be a point of contention between the very dysfunctional couple Bernard and Mona All she was hoping for was the treat of a trip to London Fortunately, she know...

  10. says:

    Wow what a fantastic book My first of Brian Moore guaranteed not to be my last A young quiet shop assistant from Belfast befriends her wealthy employers, they take her to London on an all expenses paid holiday with themselves,with the events that follo...

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