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Walk the Blue Fields Paperback – 1 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571233074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571233076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Impressive ... [Keegan] is magnificent at capturing the rapturous, brimming vigour of the present and of nature.'
-- Observer - Paperback of the Week

'Keegan ... adds the timing of her masters, McGahern and Trevor to her imaginative realist's art.' -- Irish Times

'Like Chekhov, Keegan has the ability to sum up a life, or a significant chunk of one, in apparently trivial, quotidian events.' -- Independent on Sunday

'Perfect short stories.' -- Anne Enright, Guardian

'These are exquisite stories, so intricately wrought, so strange and beguiling as to entirely bewitch.' -- Guardian

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Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan is the long awaited second collection from prize-winning author of Antarctica.

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Keegan's stories are beautifully honed and sparse. Her first collection, Antarctica, is good, but this collection propels her in to the big league. All the stories here are crafted masterfully and speak of damaged people and lives and loves lost or regained. I really think she is a world class short story writer who, on this evidence at least, belongs in the same company as Raymond Carver, or Alice Munro. The great Irish short story has found a huge new lease of life with Keegan's emergence.
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I had never heard of Claire Keegan and picked up this book by chance in my local library, from their 'quick choice' section. I love it, and having read and returned it to the library, I decided to buy a copy for myself. I don't usually read short stories, but have a new appreciation for them now - I found these stories completely involving, and one or two even made me shed a tear on the train to work. I would definitely recommend this - and in fact have done so already.
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I bought a copy about a year ago. I have read it a number of times since. It contains beautiful, authentic stories that manage to reveal the human condition without taking a bath in a pool of misery.

I loan out lots of my books, most never to be seen again :), but this one I will not part with, insisting my friends buy their own copy. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, keep it.
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I have read all of the author's books but this probably was my favourite. It is written with such insight into it's characters and their contexts that it took my breath away.
That the author comes from the community that she writes about gives her short stories a greater depth and understanding.
Each story speaks of the personal stories and tragedies of individuals and there is a poignancy and sense of abandonment
as well as laughter and joy woven through. The books title," walk the blue fields" is one of the saddest stories, yet beautiful whilst "The long and painful death" is quite dark.

I loved the images of country life and the stories about dancing were real gems ; you could see them dancing on the pages and hear the music!! a truly gifted writer
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Beautifully written. Very well-crafted and honed prose. The stories simply sparkle and resonate in the memory. It's of little surprise that Ms Keegan is so successful in the prize winning stakes and deservedly so! The only reason I didn't give it a 5-star - I wasn't all that fond of one story "The Parting Gift" and its 2nd person narrative POV.
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Leading Irish writers ? Colm Toibin, Willam Trevor, Colum McCann, John Banville, Joseph O'Connor. Anne Enright, John McGahern and surely Claire Keegan who deserves to be included in this list. A great literary talent.
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This promised so much. Not bad short stories but the potential was wasted in arty variations of old folk tales and the usual stories of depressing guilt so common in modern Irish short stories. Lots of lovely writing but a bit too much. Too arty.
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