Casualties of Peace by Edna O’Brien

I feel like this needs to be set against the background of what was written in the sixties to give context to what felt flawed to me. Two of the characters, Patsy and Tom resonate as depressingly real, they are entirely believable. I did not find the others so. It was also alarming that O’Brien is willing to call an abusive man who murders Willa in a case of mistaken identity ‘good’. Maybe bashing and raping one’s wife was judged differently way back then. But surely not that differently.

Probably worth reading, it certainly shouldn’t have been entirely forgotten, as is the case judging by the lack of attention on goodreads. I expect if another of hers fell my way I’d give it a whirl.

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