Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy

Lilac Bus

The interconnected stories of this witty collection are about eight very different people who each Friday night travel on Tom Fitzgerald's lilac-colored bus. Overflowing with insights, understanding, and rare delights, these stories from the author of Silver Wedding and Circle of Friends, draw us into the lives of the characters and make their dramas our own.

Details Lilac Bus

TitleLilac Bus
Release DateSep 4th, 2007
GenreFiction, Cultural, Ireland, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Short Stories, European Literature, Irish Literature

Reviews Lilac Bus

  • Sawsan
    في مساء كل يوم جمعة يتلاقى 8 أشخاص في حافلة للعودة لبلدتهم بعد أسبوع عمل في المدينةكلهم من بلدة صغيرة, لكنهم مختلفين في أعمالهم ومعيشتهم وتفكيرهمكل واحد منهم له حكاية وأسرار تحكيها الكاتبة بأسلوب بسيط وجميلرواية لطيفة عن الناس وطرق حياتهم المتقاط...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!"
  • 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...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 bes...
  • Fatih EREL
    Yazarın farklı bir tarzı var, farklı gözlerden aynı döneme bakıyor ve sonda değerlere değinerek konu toparlanıyor, beklenmedik bir son ama herhalde aynı yazarın başka bir kitabını okusam hoşuma gitmez.
  • Anne
    Picked this up in a charity bookshop in Belfast. It was nice to read while actually visiting Northern Ireland and Ireland (Dublin) myself :)
  • Notserp2002
    another wonderful Binchy novel.
  • Judy
    I loved this book. I was hesitant to read this at first because I am uncomfortable reading about people's thoughts and their worries, but Maeve Binchy seems to completely understand her characters and adds a touch of lightness to each story. The first half of the book is written with each chapter being narrated by a different person who rides the Lilac Bus. The bus is a minivan whose driver picks up people at 6 p.m. on Friday in Dublin (where the...
  • 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 ...
  • April Brown
    The author of this book has a similar problem to me - she writes the summaries, and tried to expand them into a story, or in this case, a group of stories.The novella is reasonably well done. Interesting stories, yet I feel the back cover copy did not accurately portray what the story was about. An interesting look at three days through the eyes of eight different people.The biggest problem with this book is the fault of the publisher: Once you r...
  • 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 forewa...
  • Dottie
    One of the better Binchy offerings if I recall rightly.
  • Keanes
    I am new to the whole ebook thing from my library. This is really two books with Dublin 4 at the end. Most of it are characters on the bus with secret lives unknown to the other passengers all from a small town. I did like how they were somewhat woven, but the last one did leave you hanging. Circa ‘89.Either way it’s always good to read a Maeve Binchy book.
  • Tricia Riley
    This book is a collection of overlapping stories about a group of people who travel back to their home town every Friday on a lilac colored covers the events of one trip home.This book was ok. Some of the characters were interesting and they all have their secrets. Overall though I found it was a bit unsatisfying. At least it was a quick read.
  • Denise Cunneen
    Was really enjoying all the characters and was looking forward to how they would come together, but they didn't!! It just finished. Googled immediately to see about the sequel but alas there isn't one. But disappointing.
  • Cathie
    Good characterization study of 7 people and their driver who ride the Lilac Bus every weekend from Dublin to Rathdoon, Ireland (a 3 hour drive).
  • Mary Mcintyre
    A number of stories that just didn't end and she started another one. Not a great read for me.
  • Mary
    Starts out interesting, but has no conclusion. Very disappointing.
  • Annita Stewart
    I enjoyed this ride on The Lilac Bus. The company was pleasant and easy going.
  • Lisa Mcmaugh
    This book was simple to read and I enjoyed the stories of each person on the bus. It would of been good to find out how their lives would change but I liked it all the same.
  • Lauren
    Great as usual! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because l prefer novels to short stories. But Maeve will always be my favorite author. She is one of a very few whose books l can and will read over and over.
  • Evelien
    normaal grote fan van Binchy - maar dit allegaartje van losse personages dat nergens heen gaat, geen enkele diepgang heeft, eerder lijkt op een uitgave van een kladschriftje met ideeën voor een ander boek was een grote teleurstelling.
  • Linda Visser
    I love Maeve Binchy's books. I am not a great fan of short stories however, and there was a problem of closure for me with these characters. I would realize the story was over and say.. Wait! But what happened to...
  • C.
    I fell in love with Maeve Binchy’s person-to-person conversation in "Aches & Pains" and see the brilliance of her fiction in "The Lilac Bus", 1984. We think a novel needs extreme action, ghosts, treasure, or crime to attract a reader. No. The supremely gifted Maeve, rest her soul, pulls us in with 8 average people! The inner thoughts and dialogue of everyday folks are unbelievably interesting."The Lilac Bus" is a van that takes the driver and 7...
  • Kristine
    Even though I strongly dislike short stories, the first half of the book wasn't bad. A bunch of short stories about the various people on the Lilac Bus. But the second half was four totally unrelated stories about totally unrelated people. And none of the stories really ended; they just...stopped. Definitely not one of her best.