The Visitor

The Visitor

Maeve Brennan / Mar 29, 2020

The Visitor The tale of Anastasia King who returns to her grandmother s house in Dublin after six long years away She has been in Paris comforting her dying mother who ran away from Anastasia s late father her

  • Title: The Visitor
  • Author: Maeve Brennan
  • ISBN: 9781903809778
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • The tale of Anastasia King who returns to her grandmother s house in Dublin after six long years away She has been in Paris comforting her dying mother, who ran away from Anastasia s late father, her grandmother s only son It is a story of Dublin and the unreachable side of the Irish temperament.

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      • Maeve Brennan

        Maeve Brennan January 6, 1917 1993 was an Irish short story writer and journalist She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published from


    1. Robert Frost famously wrote: Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.Not so here, when Anastasia returns to Dublin from Paris after her mother dies. Her father's mother, the only family she has left, wants her gone.Here, Home is a place in the mind. When it is empty, it frets.Other reviewers have called this quirky, curious, a queer book. That means there's something clever enough within, but actual meaning may be missing. Like this:Now in the city there are [...]

    2. Bellissima storia quella de "La Visitatrice", una storia di incomunicabilità allo stato puro.Anastasia, poco più che ventenne, che torna a Dublino dopo sei anni alla morte della madre, con la quale è vissuta sei anni a Parigi, è l'unica che tenti in qualche modo di farlo; cerca in tutti i modi di conquistare l'affetto della nonna paterna che invece l'ha già condannata, quando fuggendo insieme alla madre ha abbandonato il padre.L'atmosfera che dipinge la Brennan è cupa, fioca, piovosa.Sembr [...]

    3. Home isAnastasia King left her father's home when she was 16 to live with her mother in Paris. Now, when she is 22, both her parents are dead and she has returned to Dublin expecting to live in her old home with her paternal grandmother. But old Mrs King is quite content to live alone with her memories of her beloved son and has never forgiven her daughter-in-law for bringing shame on the family by leaving him. And she's no more willing to forgive Anastasia for choosing her mother over her fathe [...]

    4. How do you review a small masterpiece? Well, it’s not easy but straight away the author struck me as an Irish Hemingway - the pared down prose and the hypnotic quality of the writing.Here is the opening sentence of the novel. “The mail train rushed along toward Dublin, and all the passengers swayed and nodded with the uneven rhythm of it and kept their eyes fixed firmly in front of them as though the least movement would bring them to the end of their patience.” And here is our main charac [...]

    5. Maeve Brennan is so sharp -- sympathetic and yet somehow unforgiving, observational and unflinching. She's a clear literary ancestor of writers like Colm Tóibín, but also of Gillian Flynn and all her imitators. The Visitor is a novella about a young woman, after the death of her essentially exiled mother, returning to the house of her grandmother -- her father's mother. It's a novel about vengeance, worked in a number of subtle, essentially feminine ways, and it's delightfully brutal without c [...]

    6. Although a little melodramatic in plot (for me), this was a beautifully written novella, with sharp observation into how people behave. It uses teacups, spectacles and the spitting of fire to convey mood and thought. (eg 'She paid attention to everything; even a sudden spurt from the fire drew a little smile from her.'). A young woman returns home to Ireland after her mother dies in Paris, but finds herself not welcome by the paternal grandmother (the father also dead). Her friend lies in bed sm [...]

    7. Maeve Brennan (1917-1993), figlia del primo console della repubblica indipendente d���Irlanda a Washington, D.C si trasfer�� negli States nel 1934 al seguito della famiglia, e vi rimase per tutta la vita. Collaboratrice regolare di Harper���s Bazaar e del New Yorker, oltre che della rivista dublinese Social and Personal; nel corso degli anni ���50 e ���60 pubblic�� alcuni racconti meravigliosi, magistrali, molto ammirati all���epoca anche da John Updike ed A [...]

    8. Dark but totally mesmerizing portrait of what's left of a dysfunctional family. (Read for Reading Ireland Month 2017.)

    9. If I say this was a queer book, you might very well be unwilling to read it: it was a queer book. I would, however, recommend it to a small group of readers who are enchanted by Maeve Brennan's other works, as I am. This novella was published from a typescript, the only extant copy of her first known written story, found in a papers purchased in 1982 for the archives of the University of Notre Dame, in the business files of Sheed & Ward, "the premier Catholic publisher of its day" (informati [...]

    10. As a short novel, I don't think I really had enough time to get into it, and what little I did was to follow the story of selfish characters both dead and alive. Anastasia returns to her childhood home after the death of her mother, who left her father and his mother years prior. Upon her return, Anastasia finds her grandmother unwelcoming and desiring of the day when she will be left alone again, with only the memory of her now dead son and an aged housekeeper for company.Although quite well wr [...]

    11. I've been searching for this little book for most of the year, and finally last night found a copy. Maeve Brennan was a wonderful stylist, and this novella (dating from the mid-1940s) was only uncovered amongst the papers of a publisher donated to the University of Notre Dame a little over a decade ago, some six-years after her death. No one is alive to ask why The Visitor went missing all those decades; Brennan was apparently unsentimental in keeping her correspondence. The longing and heartach [...]

    12. Sad and filled with despair, this story set in Dublin circles inside the mind of a young woman returned to her home after the death of her mother in Paris. Her grandmother makes it clear that she is not wanted there and can only stay for a visit. "In the music of Maeve Brennan, three notes repeatedly sound together-- a ravenous grudge, a ravenous nostalgia, and a ravenous need for love"(from the editor, Christopher Carduff) This is absolutely true for this book-- Anastasia's memories from her ch [...]

    13. A curious little book by the Irish author and journalist Maeve Brennan who wrote for the New Yorker under the pseudonym 'The Long-Winded Lady' in the 1950s and 1960s. This is neither a short story nor a novella, but lies somewhere in between the two just as the world depicted in it lies somewhere between past and present, between reality and dream. I chose it because it is thought to be Brennan's first piece of fiction and I'm about to read a collection of her short stories called The Rose Garde [...]

    14. Extremely short which kind of makes it hard to get into it in a way. Its full of selfish characters most notably the grandmother a bitter woman who had she been real I would have felt the need to give her a slap. I did feel sorry for Mrs Kilbride I felt Anastasia should have fulfilled her wish I thought that was wrong but I couldn't hate her for it. Poor Anastasia didn't have a stable figure in her life she is a lonely soul who deserved better treatment from her own grandmother.

    15. Spare, sharp, cool, no--cold. Tight and gorgeous. It's the first Maeve Brennan book I've read, aside from one story ("Christmas Eve") I heard on a New Yorker podcast.

    16. I didnt really like it. I found it depressing and pointless to be honest. Her style of writing was lovely and I enjoyed that immensely

    17. Dublino, Parigi, Anastasia che da qui va lì. Cioè?Dublino, quella che lei crede essere casa sua, le riserva una fredda accoglienza. Sua nonna non la vuole, la tratta da ospite, da visitatrice.Ma quella era casa sua, prima che sua madre si separasse dal marito e andasse con la figlia a vivere a Parigi. Ora sua madre è morta, Anastasia non ha nessuno, a parte sua nonna e la sua domestica a Dublino, la casa in cui è nata. Solo che lì non la vogliono.Questa, la trama. Che detta così pare zero. [...]

    18. Recensione completa nel blog EC_Shivers'ecshivers/2017/09/12/la-vLa visitatrice racconta del ritorno della giovane ventenne Anastasia nella nativa Dublino, patria della sua infanzia. Ad aspettarla c’è la nonna, che ben lontana dal mostrarle affetto, si rivela chiusa in un dolore glaciale, incapace di perdonare la nipote per la scelta di seguire la mamma a Parigi, quando i suoi genitori si erano separati.Anastasia, che è rimasta sola dopo la morte della madre, si sente così un ospite in casa [...]

    19. I was saving this novella to read as I knew it was something I would enjoy, having previously read some of Maeve Brennan's short stories and I wasn't disappointed. It was beautifully written and the time and place of Dublin was very subtly but sharply rendered. The characters were interesting though I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Anastasia, the main character. She was vulnerable and pitiful at times but had a sharp edge to her also. The grandmother was very cold, bitter and judgmental-she [...]

    20. Really Beautifully written short story. Very controlled and evocative, the prose was quite spare, the characterisation was restrained. Yet You felt you knew the charactersbut the situation was so arid and stultifying that I couldn't help myself feeing annoyed.Annoyed at the uselessness of these upper class , church bound, small minded women.Their cycles of misery, their loneliness and cruelty, their feebleness.Because of this I didn't fully engage with the story , I think, but I absolutely appla [...]

    21. The was a lost novella found in the archives at Notre Dame written in 1940's. Maeve was a short story writer and worked for the New Yorker in 50,s her stories all collide with each one but I really enjoyed this book. Maeve's writing reads like a poem and even though the language is old the story was beautiful in a way that your mind takes it and I felt that it did not get finished like she put it on the back burner and never got back to it, Recommend to all who love short stories Gina Clabo

    22. Maeve Brennan (1917-1993), figlia del primo console della repubblica indipendente d’Irlanda a Washington, D.C si trasferì negli States nel 1934 al seguito della famiglia, e vi rimase per tutta la vita. Collaboratrice regolare di Harper’s Bazaar e del New Yorker, oltre che della rivista dublinese Social and Personal; nel corso degli anni ’50 e ’60 pubblicò alcuni racconti meravigliosi, magistrali, molto ammirati all’epoca anche da John Updike ed Alice Munro. Senza contare i suoi colle [...]

    23. Disagio e solitudineNon conoscevo Maeve Brennan, giornalista del The New Yorker, autrice di racconti e di un unico romanzo breve pubblicato postumo, La visitatrice appunto. La protagonista è Anastasia King, una giovane rimasta orfana da poco che, dopo sei anni di assenza, ritorna a Dublino per far visita alla nonna paterna, l'unica parente che le sia rimasta. Il suo ritorno si svolge in un clima di malinconia, amplificato dalla pioggia battente che offusca i contorni della sua città natale.Il [...]

    24. Bought this at Open Books Chicago because it's short and the author's name sounded familiar. Brennan was on the staff of The New Yorker and died in obscurity in 1993. Apparently there has been a revival of her work. This novel was "lost" until the manuscript was uncovered at The University of Notre Dame. The Visitor is the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house after six years away. She has been in Paris, comforting her disgraced and dyi [...]

    25. It's a shame Maeve Brennan isn't better known. She's was a splendid, subtle, intelligent and insightful writer. This is a short novel, more a novella, but packs a punch many longer works don't. Here, and in all her works, as Christopher Carduff says in the afterword, "ree notes repeatedly sound together -- a ravenous grudge, a ravenous nostalgia, and a ravenous need for love." This is the first book in which she plays that chord, and it sounds as an overture to all the wonderful work that follow [...]

    26. There is something vaguely gothic and creepy about Brennan's The Visitor. In many ways it feels a little pointless, but simultaneously packed with meaning. I definitely get the sense that Brennan had intentions for every single one of my WTF moments. I grew up with a narcissistic mother and Mrs. King reminded me of her. While I don't think with some small experience such as this in his/her past, the reader will perhaps be as affected by this read as I was, I still think it's a very interesting n [...]

    27. I didn't get this novella. Flowery prose I tended to skim past, a past which is the center of the book which is never gone into I was disoriented by how the scenes change so quickly, when I didn't get the point of the one we're moving on to the next. None of them connected for me. Most of all, the characters' emotions were flat and unfounded. I wish I could give this at least two stars, since the writing is decent (although Anastasia this, Anastasia that reminded me of "advanced" roleplayers, wh [...]

    28. La visitatrice, quindi, diventa un vero e proprio stato d’animo, una sorta di limbo dove cercare il proprio futuro, dove trovare la propria pace, dove sperare di poter ritrovare la propria strada. Perché a volte è difficile comprenderlo ma a salvare noi stessi ci siamo solo noi, ognuno per sé.justanotherpoint.wordpress

    29. I've read one Maeve Brennan short story and this novella was very much in that vein: spare, austere, cool, and ultimately devastating. The atmosphere of the story is very lonely, full of characters with a deep need for both love and spite. Beautifully written, I felt a bit distant from the narrative, but that doesn't lessen my admiration of the sculpted prose and control Brennan clearly has over her craft.

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