1984 at Magpie Books Enniskerry

1984

€9.99 EUR

1984

by George Orwell
€9.99 EUR

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101...Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

Orwell's 1984 is a prescribed Comparative Study novel for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

A Doll's House at Magpie Books Enniskerry

A Doll's House

€6.99 EUR

A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen
€6.99 EUR

Nora Helmer, wife to Torvald and mother of three children, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora's acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change. To the horror of the bewildered Torvald, himself caught in the tight web of a conservative society which demands that he exert strict control, Nora comes to see that the only possible true course of action is to leave the family home.

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is a prescribed comparative study text for leaving cert english exam 2016, 2017 and 2018

BROOKLYN CLASSROOM QUESTIONS FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY

 

A 160 page companion guide to Brooklyn for Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English 2019 and 2020.
For use in the classroom or for focussed independent study.

Section 1

  • The film is divided into 5 parts.
  • Outline summary for each part.
  • Notes and Questions on each mode for each part.
  • Modes include: Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain.

    Section 2

    • Notes looking at each mode as a whole across the entire text.
    • Accompanying questions for each mode.

    Section 3

    • Comparing your texts: Questions on each mode to compare Brooklyn and your other chosen Comparative Study texts.

     

    This book is a companion guide for the Comparative Study of ‘Brooklyn’, directed by John Crowley. Ideally it accompanies a second, detailed viewing and study of the film.

    For the purposes of classroom study, I have divided the film into five parts. Each part contains an outline summary, a brief note on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain, and a set of questions on Cultural Context/Social Setting, Literary Genre, General Vision and Viewpoint, Relationships and Hero/Heroine/Villain. The brief note is intended as a starting point for students, to provide something concrete for each mode that can be developed and built on by exploring the relevant mode-based questions for each part.

    Towards the back of the book, there are short notes looking at each mode as a whole, across the entire film, and accompanying questions (please note, there may be some similarity with earlier questions to draw attention to key ideas).

    Lastly, there is a section of questions on each mode, designed to prompt comparisons between ‘Brooklyn’ and other Comparative Study texts.

    By the Bog of Cats

    By the Bog of Cats

    by Marina Carr
    €13.99 EUR
    Set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland, Carr's lyrical and timeless play tells the story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land. Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed.'A piece of poetic realism steeped in the past... Carr has an extraordinary ability to move between the mythic and the real.' Guardian'A great play... a great work of poetry... the word should soon carry across both sides of the Atlantic.' IndependentBy the Bog of Cats premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1998. It was revived at Wyndham's Theatre, London, in November 2004.
    Days Without End

    Days Without End

    €10.50 EUR

    Days Without End

    by Sebastian Barry
    €10.50 EUR
    "A violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making [and] the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years." (KAZUO ISHIGURO). "A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go." (DONAL RYAN). 'I am thinking of the days without end of my life...'. After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.
    Eclipsed

    Eclipsed

    €12.50 EUR
    If This is a Man/The Truce

    If This is a Man/The Truce

    by Primo Levi
    €12.95 EUR
    With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a "magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known" - PHILIP ROTH
    It's Not Yet Dark

    It's Not Yet Dark

    by Simon Fitzmaurice
    €9.50 EUR
    In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive. Here, the young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose - in the vein of such memoirs as Jean-Dominique Bauby's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - the result is an astonishing journey into a life which, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully and in the moment than most, revealing at its core the power of love its most potent. Written using an eye-gaze computer, It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.
    On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history, the Battle of the Somme. This enduring war play is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss. In the extraordinary circumstances of World War I, eight ordinary men arechanged, changed utterly.

    In 2016, one hundred years after the battle, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness was revived in a co-production between Abbey Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

    This edition contains a new introduction by P. J. Mathews.

    'There is a touch of genius in McGuinness's, sensitive, often bleakly comic exploration of the men's situation.' Daily Telegraph

    'This is an epic drama that demands recognition for the male human animal in all his complexity, across any boundaries of belief or belonging we care to construct.' The Scotsman
    Room

    Room

    €10.99 EUR
    Silas Marner

    Silas Marner

    €8.00 EUR

    Silas Marner

    by George Eliot
    €8.00 EUR
    George Eliot's tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood, Silas Marner is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics.Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of Eppie, the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. Silas Marner, George Eliot's favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life.This text uses the Cabinet edition, revised by George Eliot in 1878. David Carroll's introduction is complemented by the original Penguin Classics edition introduction by Q.D. Leavis.Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator, and later editor, of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published Scenes of Clerical Life, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda.If you enjoyed Silas Marner, you might like Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, also available in Penguin Classics.'I think Silas Marner holds a higher place than any of the author's works. It is more nearly a masterpiece; it has more of that simple, rounded, consummate aspect ... which marks a classical work'Henry James
    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    €12.50 EUR

    Chapter Summaries
    250 Classroom Questions
    197 Questions on Comparative Modes
    116 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study 

     

    The guide is broken down by scene or chapter to complement the text they accompany. These guides provide a clear list of questions for every stage of teaching and studying the text for Leaving Certificate English Comparative Study. Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.               

    •    Closed comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

    •    Open higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

    The Great Gatsby Classroom Questions contains chapter summaries of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. There are also 250 questions, divided by chapter, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the novel.

    Additional questions explore the Comparative Modes:

    General Vision and Viewpoint
    Cultural Context/Social Setting
    Literary Genre Theme/Issue - Relationships
    Hero, Heroine, Villain  

    Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    by Margaret Atwood
    €10.99 EUR
    WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOOD. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony, wit and astute perception.
    The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions with Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English

    Act Summaries
    306 Classroom Questions
    210 Questions on Comparative Modes
    114 Questions on Comparing Texts for Comparative Study

    Scene by Scene’s The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions includes questions for the Comparative Study for Leaving Certificate English, in addition to summaries and questions on each act. It is an essential resource for English teachers as a companion to the play The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge.

    Designed to save time and lead to rewarding classroom experiences, this guide is broken down by act to complement the play The Playboy of the Western World. This guide provides a range of questions for every stage of teaching and studying the text. 

    Classroom Questions guides contain both closed and open questions, exploring student response, opinion and analysis.             

     •    Closed, comprehension questions check students’ understanding and ensure students are on task.           

     •    Open, higher order questions promote thinking and reflection.

    The Playboy of the Western World Classroom Questions with Comparative Study contains act summaries of J. M. Synge's play. There are also 306 questions, divided by act, to keep students engaged and actively thinking about the play. An additional 346 questions explore the Comparative Study Modes:

    General Vision and Viewpoint
    Cultural Context/Social Setting
    Literary Genre
    Theme/Issue - Relationships
    Hero, Heroine, Villain
    The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts 

    Scene by Scene Classroom Questions teaching guides keep students focused on the text and encourage lively classroom discussions.

    Contents:
    Act Summaries

    Act Questions
    Further Questions
    Comparative Study Mode Questions:Theme/Issue (HL)/Relationships (OL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: Cultural Context (HL)/Social Setting (OL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: Literary Genre (HL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: General Vision and Viewpoint (HL)
    Comparative Study Mode Questions: Hero, Heroine, Villain (OL)
    The Comparative Study: Comparing Texts

     

       

      The Sound of Things Falling at Magpie Books Enniskerry

      The Sound of Things Falling

      by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
      €12.70 EUR

      Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014
      Winner of the Alfaguara Prize 2011

      Winner of the Gregor von Rezzori Prize 2013

      No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde in a seedy billiard hall in Bogotá than Antonio Yammara realises that the ex-pilot has a secret. Antonio's fascination with his new friend's life grows until the day Ricardo receives a mysterious, unmarked cassette. Shortly afterwards, he is shot dead on a street corner. Yammara's investigation into what happened leads back to the early 1960s, marijuana smuggling and a time before the cocaine trade trapped Colombia in a living nightmare.

      The Sound of Things Falling is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018, 2019 and 2020

      The Spinning Heart at Magpie Books Enniskerry

      The Spinning Heart

      by Donal Ryan
      €9.99 EUR

      "My father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn't yet missed a day of letting me down."

      In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. The Spinning Heartspeaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation. Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant. Donal Ryan's brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in literary fiction.

      Donal Ryan's The Spinning Heart is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English Exam in 2017 and 2018.

      Touching the Void at Magpie Books Enniskerry

      Touching the Void

      €11.95 EUR

      Touching the Void

      by Joe Simpson
      €11.95 EUR

      The book behind the BAFTA award-winning film. Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award. Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

      Touching the Void by Joe Simpson is a prescribed Comparative Study text for the Leaving Cert English exam in 2018.