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44 Irish Short Stories

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In this anthology there are gathered, for the first time in America, some of the more representative examples of Irish short fiction. The emphasis is on variety.


She went by gently by Paul Vincent Carroll
The islandman by Desmond Clarke
The lady on the grey by John Collier
The awakening by Daniel Corkery
The return by Daniel Corkery
Saint Bakeoven by Eric Cross
The kith
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published 1984 by Devin-Adair Company (first published 1955)
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May 23, 2008 Martin rated it liked it
i have the feeling this book was published in the 1950s, judging from the authors, which are primarily from the first half of the twentieth century, covering subject matter that is even earlier. so the book is an interesting introduction to a variety of authors i've not encountered before, which is always interesting. that said, it's still fairly uneven, and sometimes you get a little tired of the stock country characters and a bit too much of the "begorrah". still, any collection that includes ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be a perfect book to read before my trip to Ireland. I especially enjoyed Yeats, Wilde and O'Kelly.
May 11, 2015 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
magical. due a reread.
David Vanness
Apr 01, 2012 David Vanness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting collection of 5 to 25 page shorts. The subtitle is "An Anthology of Irish Short Fiction from Yeats to Frank O'Conner". Of the 33 different authors, I enjoyed Oscar Wilde's as much as any. I found most of the shorts enjoyable. Finished my day with one each night. Am loaning to a interested lady at next bookclub meeting. I do like shorts. Back in the 60's I subscribed to "SHORT STORY INTERNATIONAL".
CJ Bowen
Jan 16, 2011 CJ Bowen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really neat tales in here, and very little fluff. Yeats unfortunately closes the book with some odd clunkers, but most of the stories are quite fun, including a Christmas story that will likely become part of my yearly read-aloud stories. Good show.
Jun 09, 2009 George rated it liked it
Read the book after a trip to Ireland. Some of the stories were hard to follow, but fun after having been to some of the locations.
Nov 12, 2008 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful book when you need a quick escape but don't have time to read an entire novel.
Nov 02, 2012 Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really like this collection of stories, wide variety of snapshots of Irish life.
Frank Peters
Jul 02, 2011 Frank Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent set of short stories, and a great introduction to Irish fiction.
Mar 13, 2013 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of the stories were okay, but mostly boring. : (
Lea Turkington
I only enjoyed two stories out of forty-four!
Apr 10, 2010 Penny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me. Boring.
Glenn Horne
Apr 29, 2012 Glenn Horne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Very enjoyable - great stories.
Recommended to Glenn by: Found this in a used book store.
Very enjoyable.
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