I don’t believe there’s a more imaginative writer in Ireland today than Kevin Barry. In this collection of short stories, he turns his attention away from the big city of Bohane to the anarachic and frenzied rural towns of Limerick, North Tipp and the East Clare region that looms so large in his psychic landscape. Writing stories about rural desolation is nothing new in Irish literature, but I’ve never encountered a writer who did it with such righteous anger and with the humour that can only come from a deep and abiding love of the very places he excoriates for the crimes they inflcit on their people.
Wildly funny and brutally accurate, some of these stories will stay with you for a long, long time. Doesn’t hit the heights that City of Bohane did but still a very enjoyable read.
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