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ISBN: 0440223202
Author: Maeve Binchy
Language: English
Publisher: Dell (March 9, 1998)
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 451
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Like most of her books, Mrs. Binchy tells this story in such a way that you soon feel drawn into a circle of friends, rather than characters in a book

Like most of her books, Mrs. Binchy tells this story in such a way that you soon feel drawn into a circle of friends, rather than characters in a book. You get to know them and you care about them - as they learn to care about each other. I have also read Scarlet Feather and Tara Road, and they are absolutely as delightful as Evening Class.

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Home Maeve Binchy Evening Class. There was a time when she had known the name of every teacher and many of the pupils, when she would talk about the large classes, and the posts of responsibility and the school excursions and plays, about Aidan’s projects for the Third World. But now she hardly knew what was happening. When the new minister for education was appointed, Nell just shrugged.

EVENING CLASSby Maeve Binchy. Also by Maeve Binchy. Light a Penny Candle. Echoes London Transports. He could have a wall with books on it, and maybe tapes until he got a CD player. Or maybe he would never get a CD player, he didn't have to try to compete with Tony O'Brien any more. He could put up pictures on the wall, frescoes from Florence, or those heads, those graceful necks and heads of Leonardo da Vinci.

Evening Class is a 1996 novel by the Irish author Maeve Binchy

Evening Class is a 1996 novel by the Irish author Maeve Binchy. A story of many Irish men and women from various backgrounds and how a teacher, Nora O'Donoghue (known as "Signora"), and an Italian evening class changes their lives over the course of a year.

evening class - evening classes N COUNT An evening class is a course for adults that is taught in the evening rather than during the day.

Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland. evening class - evening classes N COUNT An evening class is a course for adults that is taught in the evening rather than during the day. Jackie has been learning flamenco dancing at an evening class for three year. nglish dictionary. evening class - n a class where adults can go to study in the evenin. ictionary of contemporary English. evening class - evening,class noun count a series of classes for adults in a particular subject that they go to in the evenin. sage of the words and phrases in modern English.

Maeve Binchy has captured the hearts of readers with her spectacular national bestsellers Circle of Friends, The Glass Lake, and This Year It Will be Different. Aidan Dunne, a Dublin Latin teacher, always meant to go back to the Italy he visited as a youth.

Maeve Binchy, Kate Binchy. You had your warning, you were rescued, wasn’t that enough?’‘You know nothing of men. Nothing. He almost spat the words. He almost spat the words ould be a real man and accept your money and pats on the head. ‘It would be a help if you were strong for the children’s sake,’ she said. Get out of here, Connie. ‘They loved you all through the last time, they really did. They have lives of their own but you are their father.

This is one of my favourite novels by Maeve Binchy. As with much of her work, the setting is Ireland. The main focus of the story is an Italian evening class, set up by a rather disillusioned school teacher, employing an Irish lady who has lived in Sicily for many years. Thirty students gather and become deeply involved in each other's lives. The book is written from several perspectives, starting with the school teacher, explaining why he is unhappy, and how the idea of the evening class arose

It was the quiet ones you had to watch. That's where the real passion was lurking.They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary school on the seamy side of Dublin, to take a course in Italian. It was Latin teacher Aidan Dunne's last chance to revive a failing marriage and a dead-end career. But Aidan's dream was headed for disaster until the mysterious Signora appeared, transforming a shared passion for Italy into a life-altering adventure for them all...bank clerk Bill and his dizzy fiance Lizzie: a couple headed for trouble...Kathy, a hardworking innocent propelled into adulthood in a shocking moment of truth...Connie, the gorgeous rich lady with a scandal ready to explode...glowering Lou, who joined the class as a cover for crime. And Signora, whose passionate past remained a secret as she changed all their lives forever....From the New York Times bestselling author of This Year It Will Be Different, The Glass Lake, and Circle of Friends, comes a novel filled with Maeve Binchy's signature warmth, wit, and sheer storytelling genius--a spellbinding tale of men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things....

Comments:

Cerana
I loved this book, as I do all of Maeve Binchy books. Nora (who calls herslef Signora) lived in Italy for many years, so she could be closer to her lover, Mario. When Mario is killed, his wife and family request Signora return to her native Ireland. She does, and meets Aiden Dunn, who is trying to start an evening class in his beloved Italian language. Signora eagerly agrees to teach it, and a motley collection of people join up, each with his or her own reasons. Signora assigns them all new names in Italian. Bill, a banker (called Guglielmo) and his airhead girlfriend Lizzie (Elizabetta) take the course to hopefully become a banker in Italy. Connie (called Constanza) is going through a public breakup, and wants to take Italian in the hopes that her first boyfriend is in the class. She is extremely wealthy. Laddy (Lorenzo) is a simple man with learning challenges, who works as a hotel porter. He finds a great deal of money a wealthy Italian family drop, and he tracks them down and returns it. He believes they invite him to spend time in Italy. Lou (Luigi) is a gangster, who is instructed to take the class and finds himself enjoying it greatly. Fiona doesn't take the class, but is figured highly in the story. Her boyfriend, Barry (Bartolomeo) is in the class. The class plans a trip to Italy as a group.
Hearing everyone's story, and seeing how they all interrelate, is wonderful. It's a great book, I've read it several times.
Anyshoun
This is an enjoyable novel by Binchy. Admittedly I am a fan of her work overall and have read most of her novels so I may be more generous with the scoring on her books than others. Really this one was somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. Binchy has a cozy, easy writing style and is good at telling a story. Her novels often center around relationships and careers and are always involving characters from her native Ireland. She can create good characters, though they are sometimes uneven. This book is what I would describe as "later Binchy." Early Binchy often were tales that took place in small Irish towns of the 1950's and 1960's. Later Binchy novels usually take place in Dublin and have characters that show up for cameos in different novels. They also are often a group of inter-linked stories rather than one narrative tale.

This novel takes place in Ireland of the 90's and is set mostly in a poor neighborhood of Dublin. It is a group of stories, told from the different POV's of people associated with an Evening Class in Italian speaking. Each story is like a mini-Binchy novel and many elements that appear in early novels appear again in these stories. There are cheating husbands and wives (like in all of her novels). Handsome rakes that end up to be no good cheaters (...like in almost all of her novels). A woman who saves the people ripped off by her husband's business (like in Tara Road). A eerily accurate fortune teller shows up (like in Glass Lake, Tara Road, and possibly more). The high class Dublin restaurant Quentins shows up again in this one. Signora and Aidan, the two main characters, make their first appearance in this novel. They also become Binchy staples and appear in many of her later novels. Some story ends are not wrapped up, some characters are great and some are flat. This book also has a weakness that shows up in many of Binchy's more modern novels, in that she has trouble writing realistic "modern" female characters. They often come across as what a sheltered middle-aged or older person thinks young women are like these days. However, if you are a fan of Binchy in general you will like this book and it keeps you interested throughout.
NI_Rak
I read Tara Road about 10 years ago and loved it. So I decided to try this one. It was a bit slow at first because Aiden is the first character. He was not my favorite. But the way Binchy connects all her characters is absolutely brilliant! I couldn't stop reading it. There are so many characters connected that when you began a new chapter you would see a familiar name mentioned and wrack your brain trying to remember who they were. But as you continue to read a few pages you are like "OMG" as you realize the connection.
GEL
I am a long-time fan of Maeve Binchy. It seems from the other reviews that I still need to read "Copper Beech." That will be my next book purchase, and then maybe, the CD.

I recently ventured into books in CD form when I began to have difficulty sleeping. My eyes would be tired from reading, but my brain insisted on staying awake. So I bought a familiar - and well-liked - story from another author, and found that more often than not, I would simply drift asleep while the story was still playing. So I went ahead and bought other books in THAT series, and when wondering where to start next, I saw my collection of Maeve Binchy's books sitting on my bookshelf, and that was that. While I love the way several of her books interweave (everybody turns up in Quentin's, sooner or later!), my far-away favorite has always been "Evening class, mostly because I, too, love the Italian language and have enjoyed many a happy evening during my adult life in classes of various languages. (We've never managed a viaggio, however!)

Like most of her books, Mrs. Binchy tells this story in such a way that you soon feel drawn into a circle of friends, rather than characters in a book. You get to know them and you care about them - as they learn to care about each other. I have also read Scarlet Feather and Tara Road, and they are absolutely as delightful as Evening Class.

Hearing a musical Irish feminine voice narrating was even more soothing than hearing the man in the previous set of books. My husband, a psychotherapist, suggested that perhaps hearing these voices as I drifted off to sleep reminded me of my father and grandmother reading to me when I was very small. Perhaps so.

I would suggest reading the books first, to get a feeling for them and to familiarize yourself with the characters. Then, if you like them, treat yourself to the CD version. Absolute bliss - not it's not illegal, immoral, or fattening! Just gentle, heart-warming enjoyment.

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