➶ When All is Said Free ➬ Author Anne Griffin – Loufanet.info
A Tale Of A Single Night The Story Of A Lifetime.If You Had To Pick Five People To Sum Up Your Life, Who Would They Be If You Were To Raise A Glass To Each Of Them, What Would You Say And What Would You Learn About Yourself, When All Is Said And Done This Is The Story Of Maurice Hannigan, Who, Over The Course Of A Saturday Night In June, Orders Five Different Drinks At The Rainford House Hotel With Each He Toasts A Person Vital To Him His Doomed Older Brother, His Troubled Sister In Law, His Daughter Of Fifteen Minutes, His Son Far Off In America, And His Late, Lamented Wife And Through These People, The Ones Who Left Him Behind, He Tells The Story Of His Own Life, With All Its Regrets And Feuds, Loves And Triumphs.Beautifully Written, Powerfully Felt, When All Is Said Promises To Be The Next Great Irish Novel. Eighty four year old Maurice Hannigan is ready to say goodbye All his affairs are in order, property sold, dog given to new owners, money in various accounts for various people, things given away, boxes packed with names of who gets the contents, everything done and sorted so he can enter a nursing home the next day At least that is where he tells those in the know, that he is going There are five people whose memories he want to toast first though One of the most poignant is the toast to his late brother The love between Maurice and his older brother Tony, was something most people could only hope to have Five years older than Maurice, Tony let Maurice know he would always be there to protect Maurice Maybe reading wasn t Maurice s thing but Tony knew that Maurice would win in life, doing other things just as big or bigger than reading When people asked Maurice what he wanted to be when he grew up, Maurice said he wanted to be Tonyit was as simple as that, nothing was better than Tony The last person Maurice toasted to was his late wife, Sadie, who had died two years earlier It s Sadie s death that has broken Maurice s heart and spirit and his depression is a bottomless pit Maurice was always faithful to Sadie, never wanted another woman, but he knows he let her down in ways that he knew he was doing at the time Stubbornness was always strong in Maurice, he was a stubborn man, set in his ways, always after money even after he had than enough, despite the fact that Sadie didn t like that he was so intent on earning money So they didn t talk about money but at the same time, Sadie knew she could never order tea with her Sunday dinner because Maurice said they could have tea at home, instead When Sadie rebelled, Maurice realized how much he d hurt her at times and even then, he still couldn t just let her have her way These types of things are on Maurice s mind as he makes his toast to her Intertwined in these toasts is another story, a mystery, that concerns a once rich family that was not only unkind but cruel to Maurice s family A young Maurice does something that ends up hurting that family and also Maurice gets his revenge on that family as he slowly buys up all their properties when they hit hard times His need for revenge is what drives Maurice to keep working for money, than they could possibly need, and this urge colors all parts of his life I suspected how the book would end and I was right I felt sad during the entire book and certainly at the end Depression can take your life while you are still alive and make you do things you might not do if you could see past that depression Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this ARC. I m here to remember all that I have been and all that I will never be againWhen All Is Said tells the life story of Maurice Hannigan Now an elderly man, he sits alone in the bar of the Rainford House Hotel Over the course of one evening, he raises toasts to five different people as he recounts the story of his life up until that moment Like all lives, Maurice s has moments of pure happiness, moments of darkness and misery, mistakes made and things left unsaid I think perhaps the quiet strength of this book and the saddest thing about it comes from knowing deep down that there s really only one way it can end.Past tense, decade spanning family stories are totally my thing This one was no exception I got a very strong John Boyne The Heart s Invisible Furies vibe reading this, and it came as no surprise when Griffin thanked him in the acknowledgements at the end There s also a touch of A Man Called Ove in here, too.Griffin takes us from the old fashioned Ireland of the past to the present We revisit Maurice s childhood and see how he struggled at school because of his dyslexia, and, of course, had no one to give him guidance on it In those times, his only option was to turn to work on the farm, which resulted in him working under an abusive employer Later, we see him fall in love and marry, and have kids, but all this is told through the five toasts all relating back to the one person at the centre of that chapter Tony never stopped telling me I was full of greatness People didn t really do that back then, encourage and support You were threatened into being who you were supposed to be. It s a very effective kind of storytelling The old man s view, combined with the past tense, makes for a very nostalgic tale, tinged with bittersweetness from start to finish Many sad things happen but for me it was saved from being too maudlin by Maurice s fire, love, and grumpy sense of humour It is amusing to hear this old fashioned guy recount a visit to a fertility doctor and bemoan the discussions of Rhythm fecking this and cycle fecking that.Another strength of the story, I feel, comes from the exploration of how the same thing can look quite different in hindsight, not just for Maurice, but for humanity as a whole In Maurice s case, minor acts of revenge turned out bigger than he d ever anticipated, and he also saw his wife s actions in a new light as he aged For humanity, someone who was written off as stupid is now recognized as having a learning disorder that can be helped mental illness, too, is now better understood There was a love but of the Irish kind, reserved and embarrassed by its own humanity. A beautiful, sad, funny book, made all the interesting because many of the characters, especially Maurice, are difficult, or selfish, or grumpy, but we still come to love them It broke my heart Warnings for grief, abuse and view spoiler suicide hide spoiler There are 5 star books and then there are five star books with a story that make me wish I could give stars This is one of them There are debut novels and then there are debut novels which after I ve finished reading, have me thinking, wow what a debut and hoping that the author is working on her next book This is one of them I don t drink much beer, let alone one not from the fridge and certainly not stout I don t like whiskey at all, but I wanted to be sitting at this bar in Ireland, drinking every one of the five toasts to people in his life, in his heart along with Maurice Hannigan Maurice Hannigan had me from the first page It felt like a memoir, touching on events and people in his life, his life exposed as he tells these stories The heartache and grief and happiness that life brought to him and the excruciating loneliness as we meet him at age 84 I felt his grief, understood his regrets and felt the love he had for these people in his life his beloved brother Tony, his first child Molly, his sister in law Maureen, his son Kevin, and the love of his life, Sadie I won t tell you here about them because it s Maurice s story to tell and it s best to hear it from him I recommend that you do This is a beautifully told story of grief, guilt, regret, family and the depths of loneliness tempered only by the love he feels for these people A truly amazing debut, a story rendered in a unique and near perfect way Here s to you Maurice, a character deserving of being remembered.This was a monthly read with Diane and Esil, my favorite book buddies I was glad to have shared this one with them Here s to you, my friends.I received an advanced copy of this book from Thomas Dunne St Martin s Press through NetGalley. A subtly beautiful story that celebrates life, loss, and, most significantly, loveI m here to remember all that I have been and all that I will never be again One night in Meath, Ireland at a hotel 84 year old Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts to five people In doing so, he recounts those who have shaped his life in the most important ways His tribute to these five individuals reveals his accomplishments, regrets, and unwavering love for his friends, family, and his wife, Sadie This is a lovely, touching read that is beautifully written Maurice s story is both understated and raw I loved getting to know him and reading his truthful account of his life He doesn t sugarcoat or make excuses He basks in the glory of his small victories In Meath, he is known for his rich speaking voice, and as a reader, his voice drew me in with his ability to take a simple story and elevate it into something special In Maurice, Griffin has created a character who is authentic, complex, and charming I felt his emotions and heartbreak My favorite toast was to his wife, Sadie I was a bit shattered in the end, but at the same time, I understood that this was the right way to end Maurice s story Highly recommended Warning have tissues handy I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review.