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Recorre los campos azules

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Claire Keegan’s brilliant debut collection, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year, and earned her resounding accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. Now she has delivered her next, much-anticipated book, Walk the Blue Fields, an unforgettable array of quietly wrenching stories about despair and desire in the timeless world of modern-day Ireland. In the neve
Paperback, primera, 206 pages
Published October 2008 by Eterna Cadencia (first published 2007)
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On the edge of the road, a small, plump hen walked purposefully along, her head extended and her feet clambering over the stones. She was such a pretty hen, her plumage edged in white, as though she’d powdered herself before she’d stepped out of the house. She hopped down onto the grassy verge and, without looking left or right, raced across the road, then stopped, re-adjusted her wings, and made a clear line for the cliff. The woman watched how the hen kept her head down when she reached the ed ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chronic lovers of Ireland
Recommended to Dolors by: Many GR friends
Shelves: read-in-2014
The land and the past assume different shapes and dimensions to become the uniting themes of the eight tales that compose this slim yet gripping collection. Claire Keegan writes with stark prose drenched with Irish mysticism and presents a wide array of rural characters who bloom with earthiness and who, at the same time, wither with thick longing for some essential need they find lacking in their lives.

Haunted by the past, they are shackled to an inescapable present that won’t allow them the p
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: short story lovers
This is an quintessentially Irish book, peopled with women (young and old) who are angry with the men who are in --or not in -- their lives; sullen men who don't know what has happened to what they were hoping for; and children who see all that is happening in their homes and escape however they can. The settings are rural, the tales are somewhat contemporary but also occasionally almost folk tale in style.

Keegan has been compared to Trevor and Chekhov in her skills and style. I'm not expert eno
Please consider this gorgeous book about Ireland today if you're looking for a non gross and stereotyping way to celebrate the day!

This one’s been lurking on my virtual to-read since not long after it came out and a few glowing reviews made the rounds of my particular little literary-fiction loving circle of bookfriends. But this was another one that wasn’t quite flash enough to make it to the top of the pile- until someone actually scoured my to-read list, of hundreds of books, and picked this
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman would be a terrible disadvantage: she'd make him match his clothes and take baths.

Ah, now there's the flinty truth, that irritant sharp stone in the shoe, one that turns out to be a tiny diamond of truth that holds a world of light and refracts it in all the colours of the spectrum. Keegan's prism highlights some of those unfortunates who do not understand the value of sharing your life with another person. Oh, there are couplings, yes, for man must take a mate, but strangely, the men in
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After having a great discussion during a group read, as I did with this book, I rarely feel like writing a review. So just know that this is a must-read for short-story lovers and if you're interested in rural Ireland, that's a bonus. The writing is elegant, well-crafted, subtle yet expansive. There is so much to these stories that while they can be enjoyed once in satisfaction, they need to be reread to be savored.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
çok çok çok beğendim. dünyada bilmediğimiz ne çok yazar, okumadığımız ne çok kitap var. yüz yayınları türkiye'de daha önce yayımlanmamış öykü yazarlarını yayımlıyor ve ne iyi yapıyor!
irlanda'nın yabani doğası, farklı mitolojisi, batıl inançları, gündelik yaşamı bu kadar mı iyi bir biçimde modern edebiyata dahil olur...
özellikle kitaba adını veren öykü ve son öykü üvez ağaçlarının gecesi hiç aklımdan çıkmayacak. özellikle son öykü kadınları anlatan okuduğum en iyi öykülerden. kadınların gücünden
Seher Andaç
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yolumun üzerindeki kitapçının vitrininde görünce kitabın ismine gerçekten vuruluyorum. Sadece bir bahaneye ihtiyacım var tanışmak için, biliyorum. Ertesi gün bahanem hazır: İstanbul kartım için parayı bozdurmalıyım! İlk oturduğum yerde okumaya başlıyorum ve bırakmadan devam ediyorum: metroda,işte,merdivenleri çıkarken,yürürken... Fırına girdiğimde sayfalar akmış sonuncu hikayedeyim. Henüz çıkmış sıcaklığı ile kese kağıdını dolduran ekmeğin kokusunu içime çekerek göğsüme bastırıyorum. Mayıs ayı a ...more
אני אמביוולנטית לגבי הספר הזה. מצד אחד הסיפור הראשון, "האור השלישי", מושלם. ילדה ענייה שנשלחת לבית של זוג, לפני שאמא של יולדת.

הזוג הזה מעניק לה אהבת אין קץ. בתוך השלישיה הזו היא מובחנת, נאהבת, מוערכת, מחובקת וכל זה בתוך תיאורים פסטורליים של כפר.

היא מגלה את הטרגדיה של הזוג וכמעט נופלת לטרגדיה. אבל בסוף היא חוזרת הביתה והמילה "בית" מקבלת משמעות עמוקה.

גם הסיפור "ללכת בשדות הכחולים" כמעט מושלם. סיפורו של כומר המתרחש במהלך יומיים או שלושה. לגילוי, לויתור ולאובדן יש משמעות עמוקה בסיפור הזה.

שני הסיפורי
One of the best new writers to come along in decades is the Irish writer, Claire Keegan, who hails from County Wicklow. Although Keegan, herself cites the American writer, Flannery O’Conner as one of her personal favorites and one of her influences, Keegan’s work bears more resemblance to Chekhov, and to her fellow Irishmen, John McGahern and William Trevor. Dedicated to the short story form, Keegan’s story, “Foster” was chosen the “Best of the Year” by the “New Yorker” and is now available from ...more
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: short story fiends (like me).
pretty damn good. In the tradition of Irish short story telling, eg John McGahern (in fact one of the stories is 'after' him). So if that's your bag you will love this. I thought there were three or four great stories in it and one or two not so..
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-authors
This collection of seven short stories were a mixed bag for me. Set in contemporary rural Ireland (save one, which was a fantasy based on an anecdote from John McGahern's memoirs), I liked some better than others. The second, titular story of the collection, "Walk the Blue Fields", is about a priest who performs a wedding of a young woman with whom he had an affair. Feeling sick of spirit, he visits a Chinese "medicine man"” who lives in a small caravan kept in the yard of a local farmer. The "C ...more
Magalí Etchebarne
"Cuando llegó a Ennistymon, el loco del puente le hizo señas para que se detuviera.
-¡Hay avestruces en el camino! -gritó-. ¡Despacio!
Que hubiera locos en el mundo la puso contenta. Lo observó, preguntándose si ella misma no estaba un poco loca. Cuando dobló la esquina, había avestruces caminando por la calle principal. La gente estaba ahí, sobre la acera, observándolos pasar y una niñita, con el cabello trenzado, conducía a los pájaros con un palo. Así que estar loco era lo mismo que estar aler
Limor Moyal
Beautiful, dark, captivating prose.
The forth story left a dark imprint in my mind ...
Mimi (a.k.a Ellen)
First, I have to say that Keegan's power of description is off the charts. I often wonder what the difference is between someone who is floral in their writing but it feels like they just got out of the Iowa writer's workshop and one who is just as keenly an observer but it works. Keegan's works!

Most other things have been said here and I agree with most. So I'll add just two things. The author writes the quietest stories, yet at their heart is boiling fury. Most of this revolves around men and
Vivian Valvano
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If ANTARCTICA was a most creditable first collection, this, Keegan's second, reached the level of stellar for me. Of the seven stories included here, only one, the last in the collection, didn't appeal to me as first-rate. But that is surely a quibble. Keegan has set these in Ireland, and she has found unique, in many cases heartbreaking, ways to present what we all know but should never tire of re-learning at the hands of an artistic master: the past and its hurts can never, ever be obliterated ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no time to add a book and yet I am because this book of short stories was an excellent read. I do think you might have to have some secret love of Irish land and learning about the customs of the people who inhabit it. The language and images brought me to Ireland and the strange words of my youth. I remember hearing that my mother was born with a caul ( a thin filmy membrane that covered her head) and it was supposed to keep my grandfather the fisherman safe at sea.I hadn't thought a thi ...more
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of short Irish stories is beautiful in its subtlety. Keegan doesn’t pander to her readers by explaining too much, about the culture or the meaning of these enigmatic, ethereal stories. Each tale leaves the reader to think about what happens next to the characters. It’s a thrilling, gentle Irish writing and an absolute pleasure to sink into.
A. Mary
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keegan does not neatly package endings, instead leaving the lives of her well-drawn characters open to move along into whatever might come next. Her stories show that a priest is also a man, that a woman can be bold, that a man can drink a farm, that a story can be revenge. She has a gift for the telling line.
Two years after I've read this book, I still remember lines and images from Claire Keegan's writing....It was one of the most lyrical reading experiences I've ever had. Her short stories stand up there with Chekhov's and Trevor's.
Little Bukowski
My fiancé gave this book to me to read in England whilst he was at work. Best lil gift he ever gave me - a new favorite author
This book is amazing for rainy days spent in little cozy beds, holed up in a cottage out in the woods.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«La mort lente et douloureuse» est la nouvelle qui m'a le plus transporté dans ce recueil. L'ambiance de solitude, de nature irlandaise, de bain chaud et de mer m'a séduite.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prose is not my cup of tea... good writing just the same
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful stories that stick in your mind for weeks and months after finishing.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claire Keegan “Walk the Blue Fields”

The central idea of Claire Keegan’s stories is family relationship. Parents-children relationship is the first relationship even before one is born. People spend their whole lives to learn how to deal with this particular relationship. It seems easy to maintain the relationship but it is actually complicated. Claire Keegan’s stories emphasize on the complexity of parents-children relationship.

In the story of “The Parting Gift”, the daughter had to leave home t

Most of the stories in this collection are so beautiful that I don't quite have the right words to praise them. A few weeks, and a few re-readings later, I realized that what I find particularly fascinating about her writing is:

a) The use of landscape - there is this usual use to describe the place. She talks of the trees and the shrubs, the birds and the skies and the seas. We visualize the landscape. In addition to this, she also uses the landscape as a metaphor or sometimes as substitute for
Victor Carson
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
After reading one of Claire Keegan's short stories in The Best American Short Stories of 2011, I bought both of her published short story collections: Antarctica (published in 1999) and Walk the Blue Fields (published in 2007). The 1999 collection had several very good stories, including the title story, Antarctica; Men and Women; Love in the Tall Grass; Sisters; Passport Soup; and The Ginger Rogers Sermon. These are set in Ireland and have the charm of that location and a feeling of authenticit ...more
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Keegan's language, which is lyrical at times and pointed at others. Her language fits her characters and their lives.

I also really enjoyed her sense of humor. Some of the stories were funny, even when they were heart-breaking as well.

I thought of Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, Angela Carter as I read these, and, of course, since it's rural Ireland, of Synge, etc., but Keegan plays with the echoes of folks like Synge, just as she plays with echoes of fairy tales, especially, the one about t
Mostly, I think Walk the Blue Fields is exquisite. And if you don't believe me, the back cover informs you that many of your favorite authors agree with me.

But I have a . . . reservation, all the same. I'm not quite sure how to express what it is that nags me, and I do want to stress that I think these are very fine stories. What I can't quite resolve, I suppose, is that there is a disconnectedness to them. I mean, they are all quite prosaic (although they are all full of Dark Secrets, in the w
I was struggling with words and thoughts, and couldn't point out in a few sentences the impressions that this collection of short stories left on me. What was told here seemed so typical Irish I believed I couldn't completely understand it (it felt as if I had no grip on it), and at the same time I got overwhelmed by a timelessness that made the stories floating in a landscape that doesn't exist (no grip at all). You don't literally read it, but you feel in every phrase there's a past haunting e ...more
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Claire Keegan was born in Wexford in 1968.
Her story collections are Antarctica (London, Faber and Faber, 1999/New York, Grove/Atlantic, 1999); Walk the Blue Fields (Faber and Faber, 2007/ Grove Press, Black Cat, 2008); and the single story Foster (Faber and Faber, 2010).
Her awards include The Francis MacManus Award; The William Trevor Prize; the Olive Cook Award; the Los Angeles Times Book of the
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