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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 Irish life in the 1940s, Derrycloney is one of the finest Irish novels I have read in some time Phelan s insight is phenomenal and the language rich, evocative and powerfulAll in all, a great book readable, powerful, thought provoking, moving and often very funny Irish World Derrycloney is a comic novel, with a strong plot and a very moving, happy ending Irish Examiner A book filled with incident, with humor, with unforgettable characters, which I can heartily recommend Irish Emigrant Phelan is a master story teller with keen powers of observation and an innate command of suspense Leinster ExpressAbout Tom PhelanTom Phelan, who was born and raised on a farm in County Laois in the Irish midlands, is also the author of the novels THE CANAL BRIDGE, IN THE SEASON OF THE DAISIES, and ISCARIOT His upcoming novel NAILER, about a man seeking justice or revenge is set against the backdrop of Ireland s often abusive church run industrial schools and the collusion between church and state that allowed them to flourish.
Title: Derrycloney Author: Tom Phelan ISBN: 9780863222535 Page: 215 Format: Paperback