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Derrycloney [Kindle Edition]

Tom Phelan
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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 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 rich, evocative and powerful...All 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 Express

About Tom Phelan...

Tom 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Glanvil Enterprises, Ltd.; 2 edition (20 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XUKW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #582,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER FROM TOM PHELAN! 12 Jun 2000
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DERRYCLONEY is a very moving picture of life in the Irish countryside in the 1940s. One of the best works about that period I have read, I found it even more evocative than "The Great Hunger." Phelan has phenomenal insight, his language is poetic, and he is a master at storytelling. This is one of the best Irish novels I have ever read. I thought it was a great book--moving and powerful and also very funny.
Tom Phelan has also written the wonderful, if harrowing, IN THE SEASON OF THE DAISIES, and the widely praised ISCARIOT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful novel by Tom Phelan" 20 Mar 2000
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"Derrycloney" is wonderfully humorous, wonderfully poetic, wonderfully human. In this, his third novel, Phelan presents a tale of life in an isolated laneway in the Irish countryside in the 1940s. Published by Brandon; 8.99 Irish pounds.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ireland of my childhood 20 Aug 2014
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This is a story about growing up in Ireland in the early forties before rural electrification, told as only someone who lived can do.
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