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This is an auction for THE BANYAN TREE by Christopher Nolan.

“THE BANYAN TREE is an extraordinary first novel by Irishman Nolan, who, at 33 years of age, has spent his entire life as a quadraplegic, unable to speak. You wouldn't know it from his perfectly crafted, exquisitely written story, telling the life of Minnie O'Brien, born and bred in a rural area west of Dublin. The only daughter of a shopkeeper, Minnie marries Peter, a farmer; they tend to livestock, churn their own butter, eat their own eggs and raise three children. The narrative takes the reader from the courtship of Minnie's mother by her father at a country fair in the first years of the 20th century all the way to Greenwich Village in the late 1980s, and then back to Drumhollow, where Minnie passes away in her little stone house at the end of a long rutted road. The drama unfolds with such naturalness that the reader is transported to a time and place of irresistible charm. Also extraordinary is this book's language. Nolan's lyrical flights, evidenced in his Whitbread-winning memoir, Under the Eye of the Clock, published when he was 21, fly even higher here, a mix of the unabstract poetries of Beckett and the soundscapes of James Joyce.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 1999.

360 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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