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Sacred Santa [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bailie
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Book Description

Belfast man Danny takes his son Ivan across the border to Co Cavan to visit Danny's parents on the family farm. However, this is 1972 and the Troubles in the north are at their height and Ivan is starting to notice things, things that could cost both him and Danny their lives when they return to Belfast.
Sacred Santa is a short story by novelist Tony Bailie:
ecopunks (Lagan Press 2010)
The Lost Chord (Lagan Press 2006)
His novella A Verse to Murder will be published exclusively on Kindle in October 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26 KB
  • Print Length: 8 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ecopunks fiction (15 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BTAK60
  • 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: #845,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in July? 31 Oct. 2012
Tony Bailie, whose longer fiction I've enjoyed for its combination of archetypes and present-day Irish settings in "The Lost Chord," "Ecopunks," and the novella "A Verse for Murder," here offers a more direct, if appropriately indirect parable in a short story set in his native North. The title refers to a boy's understanding of a certain holy picture on his grandmother's wall, as interpreted by his father. The reasons why the boy, Ivan, is taught by his father, Danny, not to call his own uncle by his proper name Damien but that of David may all seem common enough. But Bailie knows the meaning of signifiers, on the wall, tattooed on an arm, hung in a window, or registered as his wife, Sandra, and his neighbor, Norman.

If you can prise out the message within this brief tale, you will appreciate the subtlety with which it's delivered. The setting in July plays off the Christmas icon effectively, if again in an understated tone. Bailie keeps the narrative on track, and lets one see for one's self the drama, rather than telling us. Set in rural Northern Ireland and then Belfast during the summer of 1972, the scenes and the dialogue say it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in July? 31 Oct. 2012
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Tony Bailie, whose longer fiction I've enjoyed for its combination of archetypes and present-day Irish settings in "The Lost Chord," "Ecopunks," and the novella "A Verse for Murder," here offers a more direct, if appropriately indirect parable in a short story set in his native North. The title refers to a boy's understanding of a certain holy picture on his grandmother's wall, as interpreted by his father. The reasons why the boy, Ivan, is taught by his father, Danny, not to call his own uncle by his proper name Damien but that of David may all seem common enough. But Bailie knows the meaning of signifiers, on the wall, tattooed on an arm, hung in a window, or registered as his wife, Sandra, and his neighbor, Norman.

If you can prise out the message within this brief tale, you will appreciate the subtlety with which it's delivered. The setting in July plays off the Christmas icon effectively, if again in an understated tone. Bailie keeps the narrative on track, and lets one see for one's self the drama, rather than telling us. Set in rural Northern Ireland and then Belfast during the summer of 1972, the scenes and the dialogue say it all.
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