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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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I thought this would be a perfect book to read before my trip to Ireland. I especially enjoyed Yeats, Wilde and O'Kelly.
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
David Vanness
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
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.
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.
A delightful book when you need a quick escape but don't have time to read an entire novel.
Really like this collection of stories, wide variety of snapshots of Irish life.
Frank Peters
This is an excellent set of short stories, and a great introduction to Irish fiction.
Some of the stories were okay, but mostly boring. : (
I only enjoyed two stories out of forty-four!
Not for me. Boring.
Glenn Horne
Apr 29, 2012 Glenn Horne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Very enjoyable - great stories.
Recommended to Glenn by: Found this in a used book store.
Very enjoyable.
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