Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest by Ruth FinneganBlack Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest by Ruth Finnegan

Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest

byRuth Finnegan

Paperback | August 24, 2015

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An epic romance about the naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking.  After the opening rejection, Kate recalls her Irish upbringing, her convent education, and her coolly-controlled professional success, before her tsunami-like realisation beside an African river of the emotions she had concealed from herself and that she passionately and consumingly loved the man she had rejected.

Searching for him she visits the kingdom of beasts, a London restaurant, an old people's home, back to the misty Donegal Sea, the heavenly archives, Eden, and hell, where at agonising cost she saves her dying love. They walk together toward heaven, but at the gates he walks past leaving her behind in the dust. The gates close behind him. He in turn searches for her and at last finds her in the dust, but to his fury (and renewed hurt) he is not ecstatically recognised and thanked. And the gates are still shut.

On a secret back way to heaven guided by a little beetle, Kate repeatedly saves her still scornful love, but at the very last, despite Kate's fatal inability with numbers and through an ultimate sacrifice, he saves her from the precipice and they reach heaven. Kate finally realises that although her quest for her love was not vain, in the end she had to find herself – the unexpected pearl.

The novel, born in dreams, is interlaced with the ambiguity between this world and another, and increasingly becomes more poetic, riddling and dreamlike as the story unfolds. The epilogue alludes to the key themes of the novel – the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

Title:Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's QuestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:August 24, 2015Publisher:Garn PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942146175

ISBN - 13:9781942146179

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"I read Black-Inked Pearl with delight and surprise. It is a long, entrancing tale, often touching on the threshold of poetry - a song enticing readers with echoes and riddles of love lost and remembered, love forever present - shaped in a language woven with ancient imagery and rhythms - a magnificent riddle conjured up by a magical storyteller."Itala VivanUniversity of Milan"A delightfully dreamlike, mystical tale of epic scope, spiritually and erotically charged, and rich in cultural and linguistic play, with hints of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dante, James Joyce and poetry from the oral traditions of both Ireland and Africa. A fascinating volume."Mike HanneFounder of the Comparative Literature programme at the University of AucklandAuthor of The Power of the Story: Fiction and Political Change"Immensely enjoyed. VERY interesting, takes you into another world. Not just a love story, a spiritual message."Reverend Jan BeerSt Faith's, The Parish Church of Lee-on-the-Solent"A highly unusual story filled with literary and biblical illusions and new words." Joyce Irene WhalleyAuthor of The Art of Calligraphy and A History of Children's Book IllustrationPreviously Keeper, Victoria and Albert Museum, London