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Derrycloney

Derrycloney In his novel Derrycloney Tom Phelan brilliantly captures the voices and characters of a small community in the Irish countryside in the s The rural rituals the local rivalries the affections an

  • Title: Derrycloney
  • Author: Tom Phelan
  • ISBN: 9780863222535
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his novel Derrycloney, Tom Phelan brilliantly captures the voices and characters of a small community in the Irish countryside in the 1940s The rural rituals, the local rivalries, the affections and disaffections all are caught in richly textured language in what the author calls his fanfare to the common men and women of my childhood At the heart of this wonderfulIn his novel Derrycloney, Tom Phelan brilliantly captures the voices and characters of a small community in the Irish countryside in the 1940s The rural rituals, the local rivalries, the affections and disaffections all are caught in richly textured language in what the author calls his fanfare to the common men and women of my childhood At the heart of this wonderfully humorous novel is Derrycloney Lane, where Kate Glanvil tries to keep the peace Billy Bates listens to the trains on a deserted railway bridge at night and dreams about Miss Hippwell Lizzie Burns plots to steal her dead brother s farm Crip Quigley wishes for his long dead mother to come home Missus Brady protects the defenseless boy Benny Cosgrove Crissy the Widda reads an old letter from South Africa by the light of a Sacred Heart lamp Cha Finley makes a sacrificial offering at his sister s expense Murt McHugh reveals an ancient obstetrical secret and young Liam Glanvil visits the swans and writes letters to a nun Tom Phelan s evocation of an isolated rural community, with its earthy mingling of disparate voices, recalls at times Dylan Thomas s Under Milk Wood, at times the energy and insight of Patrick McCabe Derrycloney is a novel by an accomplished writer whose keen powers of observation are tempered with a warm, forgiving humanity and a wonderful sense of humor Here s what the reviewers said about Derrycloney A moving portrayal of rural

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    About "Tom Phelan"

    1. Tom Phelan

      Tom Phelan was born and raised on a farm in County Laois, Ireland His first novel was published to critical acclaim when he was fifty His novels include In the Season of the Daisies, Iscariot, Derrycloney, and Nailer He now lives in New York.

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