• Title: An Embarrassment of Riches
  • Author: Gerald Hansen
  • ISBN: 9780595447596
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Embarrassment of Riches When Ursula Barnett and her husband Jed win the Irish lottery they think their troubles are over But they are just beginning Ursula coerces her Yank husband to retire in her hometown of Derry Northe
    When Ursula Barnett and her husband Jed win the Irish lottery, they think their troubles are over But they are just beginning Ursula coerces her Yank husband to retire in her hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland, hoping to atone for her youthful sins as a collaborator with the IRA in the 1970s At the first sniff of Ursula s lotto win, however, her chronically greedy sistWhen Ursula Barnett and her husband Jed win the Irish lottery, they think their troubles are over But they are just beginning Ursula coerces her Yank husband to retire in her hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland, hoping to atone for her youthful sins as a collaborator with the IRA in the 1970s At the first sniff of Ursula s lotto win, however, her chronically greedy sister in law Fionnuala Flood rallies the family against Ursula.Fionnuala s life is a misery She is married to a boozing fish packing plant worker and raising seven seedy hooligans, from a convict son to an eight year old devil daughter who will resort to desperate mesaures to secure the perfect Holy Communion gown Between two part time jobs, Fionnuala still finds the energy to put into motion plans which pit husbands against wives, daughters against mothers, the lawless against the law and Fionnuala against anyone fool enough to cross her path.Family saga and black comedy, love story and courtroom drama, An Embarrassment of Riches will take you on a journey to Northern Ireland and beyond, where Protestants and Catholics wage battle daily, and where crossing family with finance leads to heartache and hilarity, passion and tragedy.

    One Reply to “An Embarrassment of Riches”

    1. What a crazy, messed up book with ridiculous, twisted, bat-shit crazy characters! It's like a more trivial Casual Vacancy, if you've read that. Still very dark and nothing good happens, but it's written in a light-hearted way. Instead of a small town, we focus only on one family in Northern Ireland. The war is over between Protestants and Catholics, but tensions still remain high, so that shows through in the characters. Poor Ursula, our main character, has no likeable qualities, but we see at t [...]

    2. My review on :Gerald Hansen has written a whole book. It's not often that a book catches with characters that seem almost novelties at first and with prose that delves into setting and situation with such deftness. That he maintains the hilarity while weaving an undercurrent of contemporary temptation and its outcomes, is nothing short of a feat.The impetuousness of the Flood family, Ursula's attempts to revive love from her relatives with her lottery win, surge with a pathos that covers both a [...]

    3. Enjoyed this story about one woman's suffering with her evil family after she and her husband win the Irish Lottery. She's definitely not the most likeable person in Derry, but her family were downright hideous people. I laughed and cringed and enjoyed the Northern Irish dialect.

    4. It was a dark journey. Every page I found myself astounded that things could still get worse for the main character. I would read it again and did enjoy it. Looking forward to the next one.

    5. What a dysfunctional family!Ursala and her Yank husband have decided to retire to her homeland of Northern Ireland, specifically to Derry City (or Londonderry for you "Orange Proddy bastards"). Luckily they won the Lotto. Great, right? Not to her family. They have their hands out demanding they pay their way, but it's all gone now. Her sister-in-law, Fionnuala, is the leader of the pack who is now persecuting her. Her wanes (children) are all juvenile delinquents, except for Moira who has headed [...]

    6. A superbly written black comedy with a barrel of laughs. There’s even a Derry Speak glossary which you’ll soon discard once the dialect gets under your skin. An Embarrassment of Riches is deftly plotted, with twists and turns and ironies especially where the feisty Dymphna’s pregnancy is concerned, and the scene where she and Rory are talking across purposes in the ChipKebab will have you in stitches. Meanwhile, Fionnula’s youngest daughter, Siofra, may only be eight years old but she ha [...]

    7. Gerald Hansen has made me laugh at these terrible people. They really have very little redeeming qualities. They remind of grown up versions of author Barbara Robinson's characters, The Herdman's.

    8. There isn't a single likable character in this book, which is usually a dealbreaker for me, but they're an interesting group and the story is compelling.

    9. Can't get past the dialectWhile the premise looked darkly entertaining, I stopped reading shortly after finding a three page dictionary (literally, in the midst of a chapter) to be able to understand the dialogue. Kindle loses over a printed book in this this regard - at least with a printed book you can leave a finger in the dictionary page to flip back and forth until you're familiar with it. I can understand such a thing for a fantasy world, but it makes this a laborious read that's not worth [...]

    10. This book was perhaps a little over the top in its lowliness. I guess that would make it dark comedy. It was well written, but there was not one character I could actually like. Maybe that was the point. Ah, maybe I'm just miffed a little that it colored Ireland a little less romantically for me.

    11. I was expecting this book to be a comedy (albeit a black comedy) . I was nothing but disheartened and depressed while reading about these deplorable characters. There was not one saving grace among them. I truly hope to never meet people like these.

    12. Interesting, April 10, 2013This review is from: An Embarrassment of Riches (Kindle Edition)It was a hard reading the way they spoke. Some of the story really outlandish. It did keep me reading but confusing ending. Not really sure if I liked it or not.

    13. I could not put it down had to see just how bad a train wreck the main family was. Every time you thought things could not be worse you turned the page and found OMG they surpassed themselves again. GREAT beach read.

    14. I just couldn't finish this one. Not only did I not understand the slang form Ireland, what I did understand was vulgar language and very nasty people, including the children. really couldn't finish over 13%. I really wanted to give it a try

    15. Finding it difficult to read as its written in the local dialect. Even the names aren't easy but I've read some good reviews so I'm going to stick with it

    16. Kinda hard to read because of the dialect, but a rather funny book! It would be great as a TV series!

    17. Really did not like this book. I kept reading thinking it would improve but is one of the worst books I have read.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *