31 July 2012

Adieu Maeve


As a teen, my very favorite literary character was Benny Hogan of the Circle of Friends. The chubby beautiful brave Benny. So it stung today to hear of Maeve Binchy's passing. This is my moment of silence for her. Won't you join me?

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  1. I was shocked when I heard the news yesterday. RIP Maeve Binchy.

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  2. I have never read a single one of her books. Should I?

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    1. You so should.
      Her books are like warm blankets on a winter's night.
      They're comforting and perfect for snuggling.

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    2. Any recommendations on which one to start with?

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    3. I haven't tried her latest (Minding Frankie) but I hear it's great.
      I of course have a soft spot for Circle of Friends.
      For you I would recommend Light a Penny Candle.
      It's sweet, nostalgic, and about the kind of friendships that last a life time.

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  3. I've read a few of her books and loved them all. =/

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  4. I love reading her books and Circle of friends introduced to her books , and when I free chance I read them :) They were like a good friend.

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  5. I remember watching the movie Circle of Friends many years ago and loving it. I am going to have to read the book now, thank you for the post.

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    1. I heart the movie too. Not as much as the book of course.

      Heads up: the book ends differently :)

      Thank you for commenting and stopping by.

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  6. It's wonderful when we are blessed with someone who shares such a beautiful,gift with the rest of us, and I don't know of any better a gift then that of a book that transports us to another place. Thank you for sharing,

    Paula
    Tomes Devotee

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    1. Amen.
      Well said Paula.
      Well said.
      Thank you for stopping by :)

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  7. How odd, we were just talking about her yesterday. Thanks for letting us know & of course, we'll join you!

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  8. I loved Circle of Friends. I haven't read any of her other books though I'd always meant to. It was sad and surprising to hear of her passing. I was also sad to hear about the recent passing of Donald Sobol of Encyclopedia Brown fame and Else Minarik who wrote the Little Bear books.

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    1. Right?
      So sad.

      Can you believe I don't remember Little Bear books?
      I must rectify that.

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  9. Mourn, I will. I don't even remember the Maeve Binchy book that I read, but only that it totally sucked me in and was quite satisfying. God rest her soul.

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    1. She was like that.
      Like a warm blanket of writing.

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  10. I just bought a gang of her books as I've never read her. I'll have to get to them soon. Sorry to hear of her passing. Rest in Peace Miss Binchy.

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    1. That's awesome.
      That's a wonderful way to honor her.

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  11. Clearly my life is lacking, because I've never read anything by her! We've lost some great authors this year, Maurice Sendak and Else Minarik in particular. They basically shaped my childhood.

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    1. Yes we have (lost some great authors).
      :(

      I bet they never tired of hearing things like "they shaped my childhood".
      :)

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  12. It is a sad indeed to see what seems a very good talent leave us!

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  13. Circle of Friends is and always will be one of my beloved favorites! Thank you for recognizing Maeve Binchy's passing, and allowing us to share the grief together.

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  14. This is one of my most favorite books of all time too! I was so sad to hear of her passing... so sad :(

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  15. Great book and great movie. She is going to be missed.

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  16. Oh, Circle of Friends is still one of my favorites. I didnt know she died...my hats off to you Ms. Binchy.....

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  17. Never read any of her books, but have heard how wonderful they are. I am sure she will be missed.

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  18. Though I've never read her work, I've heard the simpathies throughout the blogosphere. *offers hand in support*

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  19. Circle of Friends was one of my favorite movies, but I never read the book. Now I'll have to. Haven't thought of it in forever...thanks for the memory. :0)

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    1. Oh you must.
      It's sooooooooooo good.
      Even better than the fabulous film if you can believe that.
      But note: the ending is different.

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  20. I loved her wonderful works, and saw the this film. RIP Binchy.

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  21. I know! It's so sad. I absolutely LOVED Benny as well. I remember reading Circle of Friends one summer at the beach when I was much younger and I devoured it. It was so good! She will be missed. :(

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    1. I loved it too.
      I connected so much with Benny.
      I must have read that book like ten times.
      Which for me (a non re-reader) that's huge.

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  22. I didn't know :( How very sad. I love her books as well.

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  23. so very sad. I read so many of her books.

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  24. Why, I had never seen any of her work. I'm always sorry when we lose a great author though :( ...

    p.s. I just wanted to take a moment to also thank you for your lovely comments to my blog. Take care, dearie :)

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  25. Oh no! This is so sad! How I loved this book and the movie. Now I feel like I have to go read it again, it's been ages.

    I was coming over to say hello and to let you know how much I appreciated your kind words today at my bloggy, and to also tell you how enchanting YOURS is! I feel like I've discovered a candy confection of literary goodness. :)

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    1. Oh my darling, now it is you that has made my day.
      "Candy confection of literary goodness"
      Wow.
      Be still my heart.
      Best compliment ever.
      Thank you :)
      Your blog is so precious.
      I can't wait until my little girl is old enough to enjoy it with me.

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  26. I had no idea that Circle of Friends was based on a Binchy book! What a lovely thought of tribute.

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  27. i haven't read any of binchy's novels but her name is always popping up. i gotta pick up one of her books soon...

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  28. I was so shocked and sad to hear that she'd passed. She was one of my favorites---I absolutely loved Circle of Friends, Glass Lake, Evening Class, Echoes, Nights of Rain and Stars...so many incredible stories and characters. Maeve Binchy will definitely be missed. Thanks for posting this, Juju.

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