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The Quare Fellow

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Hardcover, 86 pages
Published 1956 (first published 1954)
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What I've learned from the book so far about Irish Prison Slang:
- Quare - strange or remarkable, also seems ot have somethign to do with being a lifer
- Mot - Woman (I think hot and young)
- Squealer - Baby
- Screw - Prison Guard
- Dog End - Cigarette Butt

Well, this play takes place the day before and the morning of a hanging at an Irish Prison. I believe the moral of this play is hanging is a terrible way to die and the state killing people is awful and that compared to those things, Irish pri
Writer's Block. A visual:

[Scene 1]
Among the rhododendrons, walking with artificial stride in memory of Hamlet, I, the lover of all honest science, inwardly hark back to a time when the prayers and the bells made complete sense.

[Scene 2]
Marshall D., the resident troll, somewhat understated in role, opines the following: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

[Scene 3]
Still amongst rhododendrons, now inwardly viewing benediction with an innocent child's conviction, I intone: A burnt child loves
Set mostly inside (and near?) Mountjoy Prison, across from the Mater Hospital, Dublin, near the North Circular Road.
Daisy Leather
I must say, I think I preferred this to Waiting for Godot - which I surprisingly enjoyed quite a bit. Not entirely sure I grasped the entire meaning of the play or anything though, so now I'm entering into the world of speculation and google!
Brendan Behan's most popular play is evocative from start to finish. The musical quality of life in the gaol adds to the sensitivity of the whole treatment. Top class.
Musical and sometimes humorous statement against capital punishment.
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Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.

Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February 1923 into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Stree
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