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Our Lady of Sligo

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From her hospital bed in 1950's Dublin, Mai O'Hara recalls her life through morphine-induced memories and hallucinations. Dying of liver cancer caused by alcoholism, Mai reminisces on her youthful promise as a member of the Galway bourgeoisie; the death of one of her children; and of the marriage fueled by liquor, bickering, and remorse, to her husband, Jack who visits her ...more
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Published May 1st 1998 by Dramatist's Play Service
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Our Lady of Sligo is a play by Irish novelist and playwright, Sebastian Barry. As Mai O’Hara lies dying of liver cancer in a Dublin Hospital, she is attended to by the nursing Sister, and visited by her husband Jack, her daughter Joanie, and, in her recollections, her Dada and her friend Maria Sheridan. Mai is fifty-three, and was once a handsome middle-class Galway woman. Through Mai’s conversations and reminiscences the audience learns of the ruin of a promising young life, a career in commerc ...more
Absolutely beautiful. Very good drama which also managed to contain the lyrical. Simple and yet also full of very delicate yet occasionally brutal memories, which float through the consciousness of all three members of the suffering family. I particularly liked the description of the old father bathing his baby daughter, with her "knuckles smaller than baby snails".
It took me a lot longer to read this slim volume than I expected. The language is dense and poetic and is set in a hospital room where a woman lies dying of liver cancer. As her family visits, and she dreams of her dead parents, we learn about her life. Her husband is also a character in the other books by Seb Barry.
Frank Mancino
Exceptional language, not so much plot development.
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Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright, novelist and poet. He is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland's finest writers

Barry's literary career began in poetry before he began writing plays and novels. In recent years his fiction writing has surpassed his work in the theatre in terms of success, having once been considered a playwright who wrote occasional nove
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