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- Print Length: 104 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545274436
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- Language: English
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Here The author recounts his first encounter with Father Tom. This story takes place in a hospital environment . He gives a good overview of the larger than life personality of Father Tom. Witnessing the father giving the last rites is quite an experience. One has to read it to believe it!
Father Tom and Marilyn
Father Tom has a soft spot for Marilyn Monroe and is quite excited at the prospects of attending an exhibition displaying her memorabilia. The only thing is that when he gets there he is in for a big surprise. The crowd is not what he expects and as for Marilyn, well, an even bigger surprise! It shows his ability to adapt and take things in his stride and above all, his innocence.
Father Tom and the Space Wars
Tony Ryan is a regular church goer and a creature of habit. Along comes Mr O'Brien who has recently moved to this small community. He adopts the superior attitude and without a thought, he disrupts Tony's routine. What transpires next is hilarious. The church goers' priorities change? The icing on the cake is when Tony turns up the following week with a delivery. At this point, I was in stitches. If you like a good laugh, this story will more than accommodate.
This is by far the funniest of all of the stories but then again it's a matter of taste and I loved it. Father Tom is holding a Bunny Derby which goes down well for reasons unknown to the priest. Ian's rabbit, Snowball becomes the favourite, having won the previous year. This starts a rivalry between Ian and Terrance who decides to procure his own rabbit. The race is on! Then the unexpected happens and I could not stop laughing. There is a twist when Mr Snuffles, not a rabbit steps in. Then there is another twist with a prelude of the next year's contest. This story is really awesome and really funny.
Baa Baa Birdie
Birdie is a farmer who has earned his name. He makes the mistake of applying for more grant than he is entitled to from the Ministry of Agriculture. It's now crunch time. He is having an inspection! What to do? The penalty could be quite harsh. Father Tom steps in and the community spirit shines! Can they get Birdie out of this sticky situation? This is a piece of genius and once again, I couldn't stop laughing. Brilliant!
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Father Tom has a very big appetite and looks forward to his "bloody" Sunday Dinner. In this story, his compassion and humility bring food for thought. Everyone could learn a lesson from this short story. Very well narrated too. I loved it.
The Infamous Uncle Mike
Now, uncle Mike is quite likely the most fascinating character out of all the stories. He manages to turn a desperate situation into fun. His determination and resilience are second to none. Again, a very well written short story bringing out family loyalty and how a tragedy can be turned around.
There is no fun and laughter in this last story. Duggie is a depraved character who would do anything to get his next "fix". The change in social behaviour is very much to the fore front. It reflects how children upbringing matter very little. There is selfishness, bullying, physical assault, theft and the total lack of a conscience. What are the consequences though? All this packed in this short story. It's sad and dark and again very well constructed.
I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection. I would fully recommend to those who like to read something different and stories based on facts.
Great job Squid... Hope you keep the stories coming 😁
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These stories are rather light reads and could all be read in an afternoon if you really press it. If there is any fault to the writing, I would say that it is hard to picture the world at times. Not often, but once in a while I wished I knew a little more about the Irish towns and cities to feel a bit more a part of the Emerald Isle.
If you’re looking for a good, light read exploring Ireland for an afternoon, this book is worth your time.
I especially enjoyed following Father Tom’s efforts seeking Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and his day out at the races at the Classic Bunny Derby. Great descriptions of the events and the humour involved, makes this book fun to read. I love the Irish lingo dialogue!
I also enjoyed Mike, the uncle, and his accident. I really liked the descriptions of characters throughout this book, such as in the Duggie Finn section, a woman described as ‘Her voice so rough, she must gargle with razor blades’.
However, I have to admit, the story on Duggie Finn really drew me in. The dark world of drugs and dealing, is in stark contrast to the Father Tom section – but the great descriptions and authentic dialogue continues. The pain and hopelessness of having to come up with money to pay for drugs is powerfully related.
This is a well written book, set out clearly, which aids the reading process. It is witty, but ventures into bold story-telling in the second section.
The Misadventures of Father Tom is a book of short stories featuring a Catholic Priest, Father Tom, in many of them. Each story is well written and colored with the author's Irish heritage, which I love and can identify with. I found this book to be a fun read, featuring characters that are well-drawn and colorful. Father Tom, though somewhat bungling, was a main character through many of the stories, and was the rescuer in much of the rest. I loved the story about the bunny races -- I laughed my head off. Father Tom tries his best to be Christlike, but he has his idiosyncrasies that make him human, yet caring for those of his flock.
I only gave this because the last story (which I won't talk about in detail to not give away the ending) made no mention of Father Tom, whereas I would like to think he could have had saved a poor soul. Other than that, the last story was still well written, gripping and worth the read nevertheless.
I highly recommend "The Misadventures of Father Tom."
five stars for this quick moving group of funny tales and a kind of a grey one at the end ..enough said I don't want to spoil this great collection.