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The Dregs of the Day

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A riveting English translation the Irish classic tale of heartache, death, and loneliness by the beloved author of The Dirty Dust

The final published work by the renowned Máirtín Ó Cadhain, this novella follows a widower as he attempts to plan his wife’s funeral arrangements without money, direction, or whiskey. Thrown into a desert of unknowing, he knows not where to
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Yale University Press
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Sue
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Dregs of the Day, translated from Irish, is the last published work from Máirtín O’ Cadhain before his death in 1970. This relatively short tale, of novella length, reflects a tortuous weekend in the life of one man, N., as he leaves his house planning to arrange for the funeral of his wife who has just died at home. Her sisters are there, a Greek chorus sending him on his way. And on his way he goes, well, sort of!

As I was reading, I found myself reminded of Joyce’s Ulysses and
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Dave
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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During this short novella there were moments of brilliance. It is the story of N, a man who should be focused on burying his recently deceased wife, bit instead wanders around town getting into shenanigans, and overcoming adversity, all the while worrying about money. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys Irish literature. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through netgalley.
Bonnye Reed
I received an electronic copy of this short novel from Netgalley, the estate of Mairtin O Cadhain, and Yale University Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this historical novel of my own volition and this review reflects my personal opinion of this work.

I enjoyed this ramble through the mind of N. and the streets of Ireland. We follow N. as he attempts to bring order to his world immediately following the death of his wife. We have all been there at one time or
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Susan
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third book in a series; however, I got the impression that it would be easily readable as a stand alone and don't think having not read the first two played a big part in my issues with this installment. I had a hard time connecting with the main character "N." His wife has died, he is avoiding going home (where her body is possibly laid out), and instead wanders around town drinking, worrying about money, what will happen at work (that he has missed), and whether he will be arrested ...more
J.D. DeHart
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Literary styling and compelling narrative combine in a translation that works well and engages the reader. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a well-crafted story.
TC
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended.

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Máirtín Ó Cadhain (1906 – 18 October 1970) was one of the most prominent Irish language writers of the twentieth century.

Máirtín Ó Cadhain was born in Cois Fharraige in the Connamara Gaeltacht in 1906. He is best known for his major novel, Cré na Cille (Dublin, Sáirséal agus Dill, 1949). It has been translated into English as Graveyard Clay, and into many other languages, including Dan
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