This is exactly what it says it, the collected stories from Frank O’Connor’s long and illustrious career. Considered one of Ireland’s, and indeed the world’s, best short story writers, this collection offers the reader stories that will delight and sadden and enlighten, and although in any comprehensive collection covering so many years, there are inevitably some that are less successful than others, or some that simply appeal to some readers less than others , nevertheless there are hours of pleasure to be obtained from this book and I am delighted to have received a copy from Netgalley.
on 9 December 2011
If you like short stories and you're not familiar with one of the acknowledged masters, buy this book and revel in his genius. Most short story writers focus on one particular moment or scene and from that scene the reader extrapolates a world.
Frank does it the other way around somehow. In a few pages he manages to cram in everything, a broad overview of Ireland, the priesthood, drinking culture, death, life, families and somehow from this tableau you can extrapolate moments of pure epiphany.
He's brilliant simply because nobody to my knowledge ever approached writing in this way before.