The Emerald Isle is not only known for its clover culture and green robes but also its good literature. It has exuberant and captivating books such as Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and more. Here are the top five Irish books you should read.
PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
This novel originated in 2005 by Cecelia Ahern but was dramatized later in 2007 by Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. It tells the sad love story about a young Irish widow and her husband Gerry. Holly is forced to pick up the pieces after losing her husband to a brain tumour.
Ulysses by James Joyce
Ulysses follows the daily works of a common man in Dublin and it was written as a modern remake of Homer’s poem, The Odyssey. James Joyce claims he had no intention of doing a quick or easy read.
The author declared that he put up so many puzzles that it will keep teachers busy for centuries arguing about what he meant, the surest way to ensure immortality.
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
This book revolves around Chicky Starr, who is the main character opening a vacation hotel as a haven for guests and natives. Chicky makes his dreams come true with the help of the townspeople.
Maeve Binchy wrote this novel before she died in 2012, taking her readers through a moving story that unfolds in the town of Stoneybridge in Ireland.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Adapted to a movie in 2015, Colm Toibin’s sixth novel stars Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen. The book is about a young working-class woman named Eilis Lacey. She travels and moves by herself from Ireland to Brooklyn, in a heart-warming search for a better life and professional opportunities.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A book written by Oscar Wilde, this story portrays the concept of ageing and beauty as a double-edged sword. This dark and gothic novel’s main character is Dorian, a selfish and narcissistic man who sells his soul in exchange for eternal youth.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published book by Oscar Wilde.
These are the five top rated books that are a collection of stories and essays written as a poem or a real-life event. You’ll be able to read about all genres and maybe even convince others to start reading too.