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Crab Apple Jelly:Stories and Tales [Download] ➹ Crab Apple Jelly:Stories and Tales Author Frank O'Connor – Thomashillier.co.uk A dozen short stories from an Irish master of the art, written when he was at the height of his talents The tles include The Briadal Night, Old Fellows and The Mad Lomasneys A dozen short stories Jelly:Stories and PDF/EPUB è from an Irish master of the art, written when he was at the height of his talents The tles include The Briadal Night, Old Fellows and The Mad Lomasneys.


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  1. Sean McCann Sean McCann says:

    This collection of shorts lends itself to a sort of album review typical of the music industry The Bridal Night is a harrowing opening, ramming home the harsh realities of life in rural west Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century The task of finding a suitable wife or husband is a recurring theme throughout this collection and as such this story sets down a marker for what often lies ahead This is where I feel O Connor s writing is at its strongest Old Fellows confused me wit This collection of shorts lends itself to a sort of album review typical of the music industry The Bridal Night is a harrowing opening, ramming home the harsh realities of life in rural west Ireland in the early part of the twentieth century The task of finding a suitable wife or husband is a recurring theme throughout this collection and as such this story sets down a marker for what often lies ahead This is where I feel O Connor s writing is at its strongest Old Fellows confused me with its time and location shifts and is one of the weaker stories, while The Grand Vizier s Daughter also failed to convey its message The dark humour of both of these was slightly lost on me I m afraid Song without Words was quirky enough, but The Star That Bids the Shepherd Fold marked an upturn a real gem this one, tracing the attempts of a curate and a priest to prevent two young unmarried women from disgracing themselves aboard a foreign ship moored in the harbour This is a beautifully written testament to diplomacy, and may well be an allusion to real life events considering the era it seems likely to have been written published 1944 The Long Road to Ummera sketches a deep sense of attachment to one s roots, while The Miser , a real treat of a tale, shines a light on the extreme poverty that pervades many of these stories, introducing the reader to Father Ring, perhaps this collection s most compelling character of all, a parasite grotesquely preying on the dying to fund the Church The House That Johnny built and The New Teacher both re focus on the theme of falling for the wrong woman The Luceys is a sad portrayal of the power of forgiveness, or rather the consequences of lacking the resolve to find it in oneself Uprooted is deeply moving, reflecting as it does on one man s promise to himself never to return to his place of birth thus a kind of polar opposite to The Long Road to Ummera The Mad Lomasneys were not as mad as I was expecting, and the abrupt end was a disappointment, though the story itself again laid bare the inability of a young man to find a suitable bride, the propensity to fall for the wrong woman, or having fallen for the right one, to fail to arrive at a successful conclusion due to some inherent character flaw the kind of emotional paralysis acutely observed in Joyce s Dubliners O Connor likes to provide a conclusion for his reader, yet I much prefer the Joycean sliding off into emptiness, the outcome remaining tantalisingly out of reach This is a very different Ireland, speech spattered with wisha and musha , boozing fathers, invisible mothers, one road towns, shopkeepers leaning in door jambs, desperately hoping for custom, providing or refusing credit, yet the themes of poverty and unrequited love imbue many of these stories with a timeless borderless quality


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