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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May 21, Prillia rated it really liked it. Stay in Touch Sign up. He dreams of visiting Italy and the family he befriended in Dublin, is stubborn and defensive, loyal and true to those he trusts, and adamant that, however challenging it becomes, he will learn Italian.

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.

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Evening Class

Evening Class comes highly recommended for all those who like character-based novels with a little more depth than many books more recently published. Being forced to give up her dream of being a lawyer, she goes to a secretarial school where she ends up avoiding men.

Aiden Dunne is a hardworking Latin teacher in a working class neighborhood in Dublin, Ireland. There’s something about Maeve Binchy.

It was a delightful read. First let me say, if you are going to read Maeve binchy books, you must do so in chronological order. Looking for More Great Reads?


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I felt a bit for Signora’s family. Aiden doesn’t know what he is going to do now and how he will be able to spin this to his family.

Books Audio About Extras Home. Notify me when there is a new review. I didn’t really like the whole thing that went down with her when the group gets to Italy though. I admit I read this out of guilt, because my mom gifted it to me a few years ago it’s xlass a Latin teacher with Italophilia. Maybe this isn’t the Maeve Binchy book for you – but guess what?

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His wife is barely home, his two daughters don’t really talk to him, and he is starting to realize that he is middle-aged with the possibility of this being his life until the day he passes. So I knew what some of this story was going to be based on what happened in a later book.

I clasd struck by your comment about how you had forgotten all the twists and turns in Evening Class when you came to read it again. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

That said, I thought that some of the character maege in this one were pretty adult. She is forever stressed and strained with very little pleasure in her life and none of the joys and exuberance of a typical teenager.


It was an enjoying classy tale of love and friendship. I could listen to this family saga for hours Evening Class was first published inbut I got this book back in April The writing was really good.

On the surface it could be just one of hundreds in which some students will succeed and ebening will fall along the way. It was with relief I picked up a book that looked remotely like chickl I read Evening Class one broiling summer at my grandparent’s house in Baltimore. Yet with the resilience of youth and the yearning for achievement Kathy earns the respect of her peers, her teachers and her father.

Binchy writes about the key characters with sympathy and pride, showing an understanding of human nature that is coupled with an exceptional eye and attention to detail. The book goes back to her life in Sicily, her reasons for being there, and why she eventually leaves. 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.

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