A Few Books For An Irish Christmas

From Publishers Weekly
“Those who believe in the universality of the Irish spirit will be especially touched and delighted by these original, gentle and wry holiday stories. Keane (Durango), a popular Irish playwright and storyteller, is at his best when combining an intriguing conceit with descriptions of the customs and rituals of the Emerald Isle. “The Scubblething” tells of a Christmas party that evolves around an annual vitriolic argument between Martin Scubble and his wife, Mary. “The Miracle of Ballybradawn” is one of several humorous morality tales about poaching, describing the transformation of a poacher who discovers the sanctuary of the Church while on the lam. “Groodles” traces the journey of an old tomcat who ends up taking a fatal dip in the holiday soup. The lesser stories meander a bit, although even in those outings the strength of Keane’s regional prose rarely flags. Country humor, holiday spirit and insightful characterization are found in abundance in these 15 stories.”

Product Description

“This bountiful, first-time-ever omnibus collection of more than fifty tales by one of Ireland’s liveliest and most popular story writers offers holiday charm, human idiosyncrasy, and Gaelic humor by the Christmas stockingful. Drawing on the rich folk culture of County Kerry, John B. Keane brings new life to old custom in his portrayals of the special holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of not-so-ordinary country people during the Christmas season. At the same time that he revels in the charms and eccentricities of the Irish, Keane also exposes the fallible souls that lie behind them. With enough good cheer to warm the heart throughout the holiday season and the long nights of winter, Keane’s congenial volume revisits the Christmases celebrated by characters like Dotie Tupper and Johnny Naile, the doughty Canon Doyle and deaf Canon Cornelius Coodle, the amiable spendthrift Aenias Mackson and Hiccups O’Reilly, who disappears one Christmas Eve for seven years. Whether recounting “The Miracle of Ballybradawn,” “The Great Christmas Raid at Balleybooley,” or “The Order of MacMoolamawn,” whether telling the tales of “The Magic Stoolin,” “A Tasmanian Backhander,” “The Fourth Wise Man,” or the “Last Christmas Eve of the Twentieth Century,” Keane bears delightful witness to the strengths and failings, the trials and triumphs, of the inhabitants in his eccentric corner of County Kerry, Ireland.”

source: www.amazon.con


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