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Elk weekend rijdt Tom Fitzgerald met zijn paarse busje in Dublin naar Rathdoon, een kleine plaats op het Ierse platteland. En elk weekend stappen dezelfde passagiers in. Ook deze zaterdag in september zijn ze er allemaal weer. Nancy Morris die maar niet begrijpt waarom iedereen zo afstandelijk tegen haar doet; de vrolijke vriendelijke Dee Burke die ook in Rathdoon niet de Elk weekend rijdt Tom Fitzgerald met zijn paarse busje in Dublin naar Rathdoon, een kleine plaats op het Ierse platteland. En elk weekend stappen dezelfde passagiers in. Ook deze zaterdag in september zijn ze er allemaal weer. Nancy Morris die maar niet begrijpt waarom iedereen zo afstandelijk tegen haar doet; de vrolijke vriendelijke Dee Burke die ook in Rathdoon niet de innerlijke rust vindt die ze zoekt; Ken Kennedy die zich steeds vreemder lijkt te gaan gedragen; Celia Ryan die bier tapt in haar moeders pub en moed verzamelt voor een moeilijke confrontatie...


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Elk weekend rijdt Tom Fitzgerald met zijn paarse busje in Dublin naar Rathdoon, een kleine plaats op het Ierse platteland. En elk weekend stappen dezelfde passagiers in. Ook deze zaterdag in september zijn ze er allemaal weer. Nancy Morris die maar niet begrijpt waarom iedereen zo afstandelijk tegen haar doet; de vrolijke vriendelijke Dee Burke die ook in Rathdoon niet de Elk weekend rijdt Tom Fitzgerald met zijn paarse busje in Dublin naar Rathdoon, een kleine plaats op het Ierse platteland. En elk weekend stappen dezelfde passagiers in. Ook deze zaterdag in september zijn ze er allemaal weer. Nancy Morris die maar niet begrijpt waarom iedereen zo afstandelijk tegen haar doet; de vrolijke vriendelijke Dee Burke die ook in Rathdoon niet de innerlijke rust vindt die ze zoekt; Ken Kennedy die zich steeds vreemder lijkt te gaan gedragen; Celia Ryan die bier tapt in haar moeders pub en moed verzamelt voor een moeilijke confrontatie...

30 review for Een zaterdag in september

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Mabry

    Big problem with this "novel" is it's NOT a novel. It's a novella and several totally unrelated short stories, and nowhere does the book let you know that's what's going on. So you read The Lilac Bus and there are interesting characters. Then you start reading stories about other interesting characters and you keep wondering how the hell they all relate, until finally you go online and discover they don't relate. At all...And none of the stories have endings. They just stop. Geez. I could do tha Big problem with this "novel" is it's NOT a novel. It's a novella and several totally unrelated short stories, and nowhere does the book let you know that's what's going on. So you read The Lilac Bus and there are interesting characters. Then you start reading stories about other interesting characters and you keep wondering how the hell they all relate, until finally you go online and discover they don't relate. At all...And none of the stories have endings. They just stop. Geez. I could do that. I can write about interesting characters in interesting situations, if I can just quit at some point, with no resolution. It's not that the stories have BAD endings. They have NO endings.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hillary Bidwell

    I think Maeve Binchy wrote this on one crazy acid trip! She's writing this story and I'm getting really into the characters and story, then zip they're gone. SO she starts another story and I keep thinking that at some point they will tie in together. Nope! Another story starts then another. She should have titled this "a collection of short stories without real endings!"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Some of the stories were 3-star, and some of them were better, 5 star. Overall I felt this was a 3 star novel. I didn't like how many of the stories seemed unresolved at the end, and especially the one about the wife who had invited everyone, including her husband's mistress, to a dinner party, I felt was too suspenseful, with no pay-off at the end, a big leading up to nothing, just a cliff hanger left unresolved. That story really sticks out in my mind as being the worst, manipulating the reade Some of the stories were 3-star, and some of them were better, 5 star. Overall I felt this was a 3 star novel. I didn't like how many of the stories seemed unresolved at the end, and especially the one about the wife who had invited everyone, including her husband's mistress, to a dinner party, I felt was too suspenseful, with no pay-off at the end, a big leading up to nothing, just a cliff hanger left unresolved. That story really sticks out in my mind as being the worst, manipulating the reader's emotions and then never reaching a high note or a low note, just coasting along in the middle, until it finally just ended. Terrible. I enjoyed some of Lilac Bus stories, and did not like others. I did not enjoy how the novel opened with an illustration of a penny-pincher who nobody seemed to like. It was difficult to relate to this character or her family, and I couldn't understand what the point was, knowing about her life. There were some nice stories near the end, especially about the girl Cathy who finds herself pregnant, like her sister had thought a few years before, and what you'd do with an unwanted pregnancy in a family like hers. Another nice story was the one about the girl named Jo, living in a flat on her own for the first time in Dublin. But overall I felt the consistency of the writing was not there, and I felt disappointed at how at least half of the stories ended. Very dissatisfying.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I really liked Maeve Binchy's ability to weave together the stories of so many different characters without leaving you confused, only wanting more. That is how I felt reading this book. I always felt sad to leave each of her characters behind. I enjoyed vicariously traveling on the Lilac Bus back and forth across Ireland and getting to look inside the lives of each of the eight passengers. Maeve Binchy's insights into human nature and beautiful writing made me feel like I know these people and I really liked Maeve Binchy's ability to weave together the stories of so many different characters without leaving you confused, only wanting more. That is how I felt reading this book. I always felt sad to leave each of her characters behind. I enjoyed vicariously traveling on the Lilac Bus back and forth across Ireland and getting to look inside the lives of each of the eight passengers. Maeve Binchy's insights into human nature and beautiful writing made me feel like I know these people and I really cared about them. The story is neatly crafted, but it does not wrap every thing up in a nice tidy package at the end. Some have criticized it for this, but I like it because that never really happens in real life. I like the formatting of looking at one event from many character's perspectives, Binchy did that with Silver Wedding and I really like it. My only criticism would be that the publisher's did not make it clear that Dublin 4 is a separate volume of short stories and not part of The Lilac Bus. Many others have pointed this out and if I had not known that already, I would have been very confused.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    Before I say ANYTHING, I want to say how much I love this author. I have enjoyed all the books I've read by her and I think I've rated them very high. So, when I chose this book. I figured it was going to be like any other Binchy. Even after reading 1/2 the book, I was enjoying it. I was wondering when she was going to tie in all the characters from the first part to the ones in the 2nd part. I was about finished reading about Carmel and her dinner party when I decided to go read some reviews. I w Before I say ANYTHING, I want to say how much I love this author. I have enjoyed all the books I've read by her and I think I've rated them very high. So, when I chose this book. I figured it was going to be like any other Binchy. Even after reading 1/2 the book, I was enjoying it. I was wondering when she was going to tie in all the characters from the first part to the ones in the 2nd part. I was about finished reading about Carmel and her dinner party when I decided to go read some reviews. I was confused because none of the characters on the Lilac Bus were appearing in this part of the story. Talk about disappointment! I don't understand what Maeve was thinking. She is a great story teller, but this was not up to Binchy par. The first part of the book was good. Every chapter was told from the point of view of a different passenger on the lilac bus. The second part was like, forget about the lilac bus, we would like to introduce you to some other folks who live in Dublin and talk about their drama. There was no rhyme or reason to this. I don't think I've read a more confusing book. If you are a first time reader of Maeve Binchy, I beg of you, do not start with this one. As a matter of fact, don't ever read this one. This should have never been published as a novel. It should be well known as a bunch of short stories....with holes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julieanne Robinson

    Too many unfinished stories I really wanted to like this book, which started to tell the separate stories of the people that rode the lilac bus. However, it added completely separate stories about people who had nothing to do with the bus riders or their lives. Each story was only half finished. Very disappointing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dem

    Review to follow

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nelson

    This is not a novel about anything. At first you think it’s going to be a collection of short stories about the characters on the Lilac Bus & it’s all going to somehow tie together but then you get to the end & surprise! You have no idea where that was all supposed to be going. None of the short stories themselves even had an ending. They picked up in the middle of some random characters day and then just ended. The first few in the beginning were interrelated but most of them had nothing to do This is not a novel about anything. At first you think it’s going to be a collection of short stories about the characters on the Lilac Bus & it’s all going to somehow tie together but then you get to the end & surprise! You have no idea where that was all supposed to be going. None of the short stories themselves even had an ending. They picked up in the middle of some random characters day and then just ended. The first few in the beginning were interrelated but most of them had nothing to do with the Lilac Bus, the characters in the other stories, or even the same town. I felt like Binchy badly needed money at the time she wrote this so she just threw a bunch of randomness together to sell something.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sofie

    The lilac bus reminded me, of which I had forgotten, how wonderful and light Maeve Binchy's stories are. I loved that again, like in her other books, the characters were all connected somehow, and even in each of the short stories about the characters they all speak of the same events happening through different eyes. I couldn't pick a favourite character as I related so much to their stories and their look on life, the two stories I liked the best were Judy and Kev's just because they were funny The lilac bus reminded me, of which I had forgotten, how wonderful and light Maeve Binchy's stories are. I loved that again, like in her other books, the characters were all connected somehow, and even in each of the short stories about the characters they all speak of the same events happening through different eyes. I couldn't pick a favourite character as I related so much to their stories and their look on life, the two stories I liked the best were Judy and Kev's just because they were funny to read and so unpredictable. I'm giving the book 4 stars instead of 5 because I really didn't like Nancy Morris but I think she was written to be hated by the reader. The story flows very well from each characters small narration, I wish it hadn't ended and I could of stayed in Rathdoon a little bit longer

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I loved this book! My friend Linda told me that it was one of her favorites by Binchy so I made sure to read it. It is told from the point of view of several people who ride a bus home from Dublin to the country every weekend. We learn about each person's inner life during a particular weekend. I love "moment in time" stories like this when you are invited into a character's life at a particular moment and learn their story and then you meet the next character and the next and learn about them a I loved this book! My friend Linda told me that it was one of her favorites by Binchy so I made sure to read it. It is told from the point of view of several people who ride a bus home from Dublin to the country every weekend. We learn about each person's inner life during a particular weekend. I love "moment in time" stories like this when you are invited into a character's life at a particular moment and learn their story and then you meet the next character and the next and learn about them and at the same time, you learn every one's impressions of every one else and then it's over and you hope that everyone's life goes smoothly after you leave them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Not the cheeriest stories, but they had interesting characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I think I may have missed something. I've heard a lot about Binchy and that her books are fabulous, etc. But this was my first time reading something of hers, and I have to say, I'm not really impressed. The Lilac Bus is a series of short stories that are all somewhat related in a way, but individual stories all the same. They involve a bus load of people that are driven from Dublin to their hometown on the weekend. In the hometown they all have their little secrets and things they're trying to c I think I may have missed something. I've heard a lot about Binchy and that her books are fabulous, etc. But this was my first time reading something of hers, and I have to say, I'm not really impressed. The Lilac Bus is a series of short stories that are all somewhat related in a way, but individual stories all the same. They involve a bus load of people that are driven from Dublin to their hometown on the weekend. In the hometown they all have their little secrets and things they're trying to cope with. The latter part of the book though deals with some other people who are living in Dublin and have issues all their own. I wish I could write a better description, but really, that's what the book is about. Since we only get to see these people for limited amounts of time (even if they do appear in each other's stories) there is no real connection here. The first story was about a miserly girl who is finally told off for being miserly. There is a woman dealing with her drunken mother, another dealing with her drunken husband. A man who doesn't connect with his parents and can't tell them about his secret. And so forth. Everyone in this book has some kind of problem. Yet all these problems are unresolved. For the people on the Lilac bus we only hear about their lives for the space of a weekend. The latter part of the book the stories encompass more time, but still have no resolution. It's very annoying and unsatisfying and to make it even worse, it's exceptionally depressing. There are only a few stories that ended with an upbeat note, and even then it wasn't so much upbeat as it was just average living. None of the stories are ever followed up on either so we don't know what happens. If I wanted to read unfinished stories, I would have just went to the file of documents I have on my own computer. I like to have a finish to my stories. But still, I'm giving this book at least two stars because Binchy's writing style is nice and clear and had she finished her stories, I expect they would have been good. It was the only redeeming feature of this book. Not for me, and even though I have a couple of other books by Binchy sitting on my shelf, I may hold off on reading them as a result of having read this book. The Lilac Bus Copyright 1982 390 pages Review by M. Reynard 2013 More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    I finished this book feeling really confused and irritated. What the description of this “book” fails to do, is indicate that it’s not really a book - it’s multiple short stories, none of which have endings. So frustrating. The 3 or 4 Maeve Binchy books I’ve read before have multiple characters and as you get further along, you realize everyone is connected, and everything is clear by the end. I figured this would be the same. But nope. It’s just multiple short stories, nothing is tied together I finished this book feeling really confused and irritated. What the description of this “book” fails to do, is indicate that it’s not really a book - it’s multiple short stories, none of which have endings. So frustrating. The 3 or 4 Maeve Binchy books I’ve read before have multiple characters and as you get further along, you realize everyone is connected, and everything is clear by the end. I figured this would be the same. But nope. It’s just multiple short stories, nothing is tied together and there’s no endings which left me wondering what was the point of reading this. I particularly wanted to know what happened to that woman who was having a dinner party and had invited the woman her husband was cheating with. I liked the character at the end who had just moved to Dublin and was living on her own for the first time. Actually, I liked several of the characters - I just don’t get why the stories ended at their peaks? UGH.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    "It didn't really matter, his father's mind was fixed: that boy was a waster, a left-wing long-haired layabout. A purple minibus was only what you'd expect. It wasn't what Tom expected. He just decided one day when the washing didn't seem to be making the van look any better. And he loved it now that it was lilac-colored: it had much more personality. That was when he decided to go into the transport business. It wasn't exactly legal, of course, but suppose they did have an accident: an insurance "It didn't really matter, his father's mind was fixed: that boy was a waster, a left-wing long-haired layabout. A purple minibus was only what you'd expect. It wasn't what Tom expected. He just decided one day when the washing didn't seem to be making the van look any better. And he loved it now that it was lilac-colored: it had much more personality. That was when he decided to go into the transport business. It wasn't exactly legal, of course, but suppose they did have an accident: an insurance company would have a hard time proving that he wasn't driving seven friends home for the weekend. No money was ever seen to change hands in Dublin. It wasn't a moneyspinner or anything; he paid for his petrol and cigarettes out of it, that was all. But it did mean he could come home every weekend to Rathdoon, which ws what he wanted to do. The Lilac Bus had made all this possible."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rissa1516

    This book was not a favorite. The first half of the book or so is actually about the lilac bus and its passengers. Each chapter is from each passengers point of view and you learn the different reasons they take the lilac bus back home every weekend. Most of the reason are interesting. The thing that killed me was at the end of the chapter, it kind of left you hanging. And you never get an answer because after you read each person's chapter, the book goes into a totally different direction and g This book was not a favorite. The first half of the book or so is actually about the lilac bus and its passengers. Each chapter is from each passengers point of view and you learn the different reasons they take the lilac bus back home every weekend. Most of the reason are interesting. The thing that killed me was at the end of the chapter, it kind of left you hanging. And you never get an answer because after you read each person's chapter, the book goes into a totally different direction and gives you 4 short stories that are completely not related to the lilac bus or anyone who rides it. Then those short stories had the same writing style and would build up the story, then leave you hanging again with no endings or resolutions. I did not care for this book and would not take time to read it again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I am really disappointed with this Binchy book. I read her work as a sort of light and easy comfortable story linked by interesting characters whose lives are intertwined or become intertwined. This usually makes for a few stories that meld into one with a satisfying ending. All, with an interesting or beautiful setting. Hmm, This book could have been that and yet never measured up. the characters were never really developed or connected. I could not figure out a central plot or even small plots I am really disappointed with this Binchy book. I read her work as a sort of light and easy comfortable story linked by interesting characters whose lives are intertwined or become intertwined. This usually makes for a few stories that meld into one with a satisfying ending. All, with an interesting or beautiful setting. Hmm, This book could have been that and yet never measured up. the characters were never really developed or connected. I could not figure out a central plot or even small plots that didn't seem to fizzle out.. It was as if Binchy sort of forgot what and who she was writing about. Anyway, i would say that if you are a fan of Ms. Binchys' work, skip this one. You will be disappointed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I started off liking this book. I thought it was a novel and was interested in the characters and all. However, the book flipped to a new set of characters, and then another story, and then a new set of characters, and so on. It was then when I sorely realized that I've been burned again by a short story book masquerading as a novel. I kicked myself by not researching it first, because I hate short stories. So if you hate them, like me, be forewarned. I wish I could recover the wasted time readi I started off liking this book. I thought it was a novel and was interested in the characters and all. However, the book flipped to a new set of characters, and then another story, and then a new set of characters, and so on. It was then when I sorely realized that I've been burned again by a short story book masquerading as a novel. I kicked myself by not researching it first, because I hate short stories. So if you hate them, like me, be forewarned. I wish I could recover the wasted time reading this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gily

    There was times I read Binchy in a row, book after book, They were all similar and feel good books. I bought this book at a labrary I had to spent sometime when waiting for my car. It was one of the early one she wrote. The charecters were developed to a point you start to fell something for them and the story cut short, Waste of time

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Intertwined short stories, each detailing a weekend in the life of one of the people who ride the bus home to their small town in western Ireland from Dublin every weekend. Each story goes a little further into the weekend, covering a different person and showing how each person's perception of events, of themselves, and of the other riders are different. I see a lot of low ratings and reviewers who don't seem to like (or get?) this format. These are "slice of life" stories. There are no plot tw Intertwined short stories, each detailing a weekend in the life of one of the people who ride the bus home to their small town in western Ireland from Dublin every weekend. Each story goes a little further into the weekend, covering a different person and showing how each person's perception of events, of themselves, and of the other riders are different. I see a lot of low ratings and reviewers who don't seem to like (or get?) this format. These are "slice of life" stories. There are no plot twists or surprise endings. This is classic Maeve. It's a character study and a commentary on small-town Ireland in the 80s. This copy also includes Dublin 4, a collection of 4 longer short stories. This seems to have really thrown people off in their reviews here. They are separate stories and not meant to fit into the stories of The Lilac Bus.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    What a delightful little read! Thanks Klaudia for buying me this all those years ago, I will probably check out more of her books from the library. I really like that we only spend one weekend with the characters- perfect for those who enjoy people watching. I just wish there was a little bit more- maybe a final chapter of them all getting back on the bus?- and felt that it cut off a bit abruptly!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Maeve Binchy is an author I always return to when I need a relaxing feel-good book. This one is very cleverly written. The Lilac Bus is a bus that takes people working in Dublin back to their country roots each weekend. Everyone on the bus has a story to tell & somewhere along the line they may intersect. One of my favourites! Maeve Binchy is an author I always return to when I need a relaxing feel-good book. This one is very cleverly written. The Lilac Bus is a bus that takes people working in Dublin back to their country roots each weekend. Everyone on the bus has a story to tell & somewhere along the line they may intersect. One of my favourites!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Playle

    I actually enjoyed this books. Its a short easy read. It’s like 7 short stories all kinda linked by characters being in the same area saying hello but not actually crossing lives over much. The stories are basically screen shot of someone’s weekend, no real beginning no end, but each chapter has a little hope at the end. Lovely little book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Notserp2002

    another wonderful Binchy novel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Picked this up in a charity bookshop in Belfast. It was nice to read while actually visiting Northern Ireland and Ireland (Dublin) myself :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily Webb

    Enjoyed this. Short stories about the lives of the people who catch the Lilac Bus from Dublin to their village. They sort of interlink with each other. Quaint, enjoyable read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    3.5 This is short for a Binchy book. She only visits each character once, but it still has her signature style.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I really enjoyed this set of stories of the eight riders of the Lilac Bus. The author's writing style made the characters come alive and I feel as if I have paid a visit to their small Irish town.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim Mullin

    I consistently enjoy all that Maeve Binchy has written; her insights into Irish personages and families is remarkable. I strongly recommend this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Disappointing and Dark I had read some Maeve Binchy novels a few years ago and enjoyed the sweet characters. This book contains a series of vignettes of people in rather dark situations. I suppose I would say that Maeve Binchy has gathered stories of stress, unhappiness and depressing times. I thought the characters would at some point interact, but they didn’t.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ann Hill

    A pleasant read about a group of people who are brought together every Friday evening on their journey home to a small Irish town from Dublin.

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