by Judith Monk - £8.99 Saqi Booksq (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846590061 | ISBN 10: 184659006x
A young violinist from a Jewish background falls hopelessly in love with an Irish painter called Gael. She leaves her aristocratic husband, marries Gael and they eventually move to Ireland with their son.
But she is unprepared for a life of poverty, and struggles with the anti-Semitic sentiments she encounters. As Gaeil grows increasingly delusional and violent, she desperately attempts to maintain a semblance of normal family life while still pursuing her career.
Gael is at once a moving love story and a brutal, sardonic portrayal of a destructive marriage that comes to a devastating end.
"'Gael' is a superbly crafted account of a fatal and fatalistic voyage into the dark, obsessive heart of a particular type of Irish male psyche and the story of a romance across conflicting cultures which can never hope to understand each other, where true love and true danger constantly stalk hand in hand."
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