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The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing

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An intelligent, sophisticated cross-section of Irish short fiction, ideal for casual readers and classrooms alike, that showcases where Irish writers are now, as well as where they are headed.

The contemporary Irish short story, perhaps even more than the novel, provides vital critical clues and guideposts for anyone interested in twentieth-centu
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 15th 2000 by Anchor (first published 2000)
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Candace
This is a really wonderful sampler of contemporary Irish writing. Some stories and writers I enjoyed more than others, as expected, but it was really great to carry this book around for a month, and just open to a random story and read.

I'd have liked to know what year each of the stories was written or published, as I've read other works by several of the authors, and I like to see the progression of their style.

Favorite story? I predicted it would be Joseph O'Connor's "The Long Way Home" (He's
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Erin Quinney
I have mixed feelings about this one. Some of the stories were really good and a couple were really bad. Most fell somewhere in between. I wouldn't base your decision to read it on my review. I have never compeltely understood the art of the shorty story. I can usually tell when it's a good one. However, if I don't like it, I'm always afraid I just missed something.

The story of the German Parachutist, which I liked, kind of sums up my expectations of a short story. Unfortunately, I think the au
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Matt
I had to leave for Ireland so couldn't bring a bunch of books, but I got halfway through it and loved it! It seemed every other story was noteworthy. I want to say it was Elizabeth Bowen who writes the first story, it reminded me of Virginia Woolf. Irish fiction is like a good B-sides album by a band you're fond of but not crazy about, you think, why would I go to this when I could listen to English literature? My ability to construct coherent analogies has gotten away from me a bit what with al ...more
Paul Long
A number of excellent stories, a few bad ones, and a couple of really bizarro tales. That last category includes the last story, The Dream of a Beast, written by the filmaker, Neil Jordan. I'm still trying to figure out what that one is about.
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