The truth about love by Josephine HartIt’s dangerous . . . and that’s the truth about love.
A young man shields his terrible wounds from his mother; a husband believes he can love his grief-stricken wife back to life; a young girl puts her own life on hold until her family can find their way back from blinding pain; a man surrenders to the helplessness of obsessive love.
Set in Ireland, this brilliant, intense story is about a family named O’Hara who chose to remain in the place of their loss, and the stranger from Germany who ran from his. It’s about love—for another, for a country, for family—and survival, and it’s remarkable.
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It is such intrusions which make up the gripping passages in this novel, as Josephine Hart explores the differing ways we deal with trauma and loss. While the O'Hara family remain in the place associated with their pain, the mysterious stranger Thomas Middlehoff from Germany has tried to flee his. It is its insight into the psyche of the outsider that is the strength of this novel, as Hart is adept at balancing the "anatomical eye" with the mourning heart and the thinking head.
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What would each narrator say? Reread the epigraph, from Gottfried Benn. Has your understanding changed from when you first read it? Discuss the opening scenes. What were you thinking as you read these pages? The elective outsider, the truthful observer of the scene requires an anatomical eye, which I have endeavoured over the years to develop.
I first read Josephine Hart, the Irish-born British writer, in the early s. Her first two novels, Damage and Sin , were page-turners of the highest order. But I never got around to reading any of her later work. Despite the somewhat soppy title, The Truth About Love is not romantic fiction. This is a powerful story about history, guilt and trying to move on in a world that never forgets.
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Charles Dance reading from Josephine Hart's Damage // Hibrow Literature
It would be easy to make assumptions about Josephine Hart. Married to Maurice Saatchi, she is well heeled and well connected. Extremely well heeled, in fact — the couple have homes in Mayfair, Sussex and France. And extremely well connected. But I didn't, I realised before rushing up to say hello, actually know them.
I n a small town in the middle of Ireland in the s, an adolescent boy is playing with chemicals in his garden shed when he blows himself up. Josephine Hart's sixth novel opens violently and then develops into a meditation on grief and the competing needs - on both an individual and national level - to forget and remember. Her story of the O'Hara family, who had already lost a daughter when their son is accidentally killed, is set alongside that of their German neighbour, Thomas Middlehoff, who shares a first name with Mr O'Hara, and has also lost two children. The death of the O'Hara boy, who is unnamed, leaves his family stricken by guilt as well as grief. Was he building a bomb?
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. The Truth about Love is Irish-born writer Jospehine Hart's sixth novel, continuing her trademark themes of family secrets, obsessive passion, loss, death and legacy. This time Hart extends these themes to include the storied and difficult history of Ireland and, to a lesser degree, Germany, and how a country's violent past can affect its citizens. The opening chapter is a powerful stream-of-consciousness sequence from the mind of a teen boy as he dies after being injured while playing with explosives. He lies on the ground asking his sister to summon the priest and to shield his broken body from his mother, who has already recently lost a young daughter. Don't let Mama see me.