Evening Class. Maeve Binchy, Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN nee Nora O’Donoghue, whose adult education class, “”Introduction to Italian,””. Evening Class is a novel by the Irish author Maeve Binchy. It was adapted as the award-winning film Italian for Beginners () by writer-director Lone. It was the quiet ones you had to watch. That’s where the real passion was lurking. They came together at Mountainview College, a down-at-the-heels secondary.

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She takes ordinary characters, takes a long chapter to share their story, and then intertwines all their stories to make a satisfying book.

This is the whole point of reading, right? Ah the ecening of the irish people and their story telling skills This new venture excites and energizes the dejected “Signora” and gives her a new lease on life. Each chapter covers the story of a student and how they wound up there. I love these people and want them to be my friends!

She waited to tell many of the characters’ stories until after they’d figured into the main story, which I guess gave the reader reason to WANT to know their histories Per usual I think my favorite sections to read about were Aiden, Signora, and Connie.

She liked going to different bihchy, such as a Kibbutz in Israel, and she worked in a camp in the United States. Each chapter starts a way back in a character’s life, and ends a little further forward in time than the previous one, so there’s a sense of moving forward as well as the ever-increasing knowledge of different people. The stories of these students are at times sad, at other times a little frightening, but Ms.

Certainly not great literature, but not a bad summer read for some fun. Connie is intelligent and wealthy, a woman whose husband defrauded many and found solace with another woman, whose children have left home, and who can travel wherever she bichy — yet she chooses to join the class to find the warmth that is lacking in her own life. I read Heart and Souls before this, and recognized some the characters.

The way the story was told from numerous points of view in the format of each main character getting their own chapter was engaging. I do not understand the appeal of this writing at all. Evening Class – Maeve Binchy. Just a breathtaking book!


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They don’t sound great, but I can see why her family was a bit put out with her. There were also some things that totally left me hanging. The individual stories are woven separately and combined until it all comes together in the end to make a full picture.

As the enrolment takes place we are introduced to Bill, a young man who works in a bank and is in love with Lizzy, someone totally unsuitable. To view it, click here. With her inner strength and sense of purpose, linked together with her gentleness and humility, Signora is the Italian teacher who becomes the catalyst that brings out the best in each of her pupils.

Each one is alive, vibrant and utterly credible.

Evening Class

Buy the Audiobook Download: The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. His wife and daughters are introduced, along with some other people who will appear later in the novel.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Binchy explores each person’s hopes and dreams, successes and failures, while weaving them into the central story of an evening Italian class started by Aidan Dune and taught by Signora, who is the “mysterious” one. Read it Forward Read it first.

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She is assisted with her plans by Aidan Dunne, a man who believes he wants to be headmaster, but realises later that he was mistaken and is a better teacher classs administrator. The school leadership has other ideas, but to soften the blow, he is offered the chance to start an evening school. Please try again later.

I tend to go back again and again to my tried and true Binchy novels. The ingenuineness of this review appears doubtful. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. At this time I have been reading about the same characters for more than clqss dozen years.

She gently advises and guides without seeming to do so, giving each a focal point in their lives — the twice-weekly evening classes. The characters are well-drawn, authentic, and loveable despite their many faults and idiosyncrasies. The ending leaves things with a newfound hope and joy for two of the characters.


Although I know I will never learn the secrets of the world from reading her books, she is a great story-teller and a talented observer of people. That and me not being as engaged with the different characters stories is why I gave this one 4 stars. Nora, a young Irish girl from a loveless home, falls hopelessly in love with Mario and follows him back to Sicily, even though he intends to marry the girl his family has picked out for him.

The novel heavily inspired the plot of the Danish feature film Italian for Beginnerswhich won a Silver Berlin Bear and several other major international awards. This, to me, is where Maeve truly shines — her realistic, everyday characters — and, of course, her storytelling.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jan 23, Loralee rated it really liked it Shelves: For some time now I’ve been thinking about creative formats for novels, and one of my best ideas was to introduce an extremely-unlikely-to-have-anything-to-do-with-each-other set of characters and tell their various stories until they all twine into one.

I liked how Connie pushed through them though I did wish that the character had went to therapy. Such a cosy heart warming story and the audio version read by Kate Binchy is as always superb. He was a bit passive, except a few times in the story. In these “short story” subplots we get to know many of the mawve in the class, along with their deepest secrets, problems, hopes and fears.

I felt like living inside each of the character’s own dreams and wishful thinking. I found the main character of Signora utterly detestable and pathetic, and therefore very difficult to warm to, and I felt that with many of the char ‘Evening Class’ is an enjoyable piece of chick-lit evenig tells the story of how an evening class at a rundown high school, changes various individuals’ lives.

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