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44 Irish Short Stories

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The Irish have always had a way with words. Long ago they took on a language not their own and learned to re-word it into pure magic. Nowhere is this magic more in evidence than in their short stories—stories that combine lyricism, humor and tragedy with rare imagination set in simple backgrounds, largely without props.
The seemingly effortless art of the best Irish writer

Hardcover, 500 pages
Published March 2nd 1999 by Konecky & Konecky (first published 1955)
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Martin Bihl
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
Rena Sherwood
I read the 1955 edition, which includes the almost omniscient "Araby" by James Joyce and the ethereal "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde. There is also a surprisingly bizarre story "The Miraculous Revenge" by George Bernard Shaw (a renowned atheist) that proved that not only God exists but has a sick sense of humor.


Irish writers make an art out of misery. However some of these stories will make you damn well suicidal -- especially "The Black Mare" by Edward Sheehy, "The Hawk" by Liam O'Flaherty a
Oct 15, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
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
magical. due a reread.
David Vanness
Apr 01, 2012 David Vanness rated it really liked it
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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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
This is an excellent set of short stories, and a great introduction to Irish fiction.
Mar 13, 2013 Patricia rated it it was ok
Some of the stories were okay, but mostly boring. : (
Lea Turkington
Jul 17, 2015 Lea Turkington rated it did not like it
I only enjoyed two stories out of forty-four!
Apr 10, 2010 Penny rated it did not like it
Not for me. Boring.
Glenn Horne
Apr 29, 2012 Glenn Horne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Very enjoyable - great stories.
Recommended to Glenn by: Found this in a used book store.
Very enjoyable.
short stories,Irish
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