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Walk the Blue Fields

Brand: Faber & Faber   |   Status: Còn hàng

"Claire Keegan’s tightly constructed short stories never cease to enthrall me. This collection poses no exception. Each story takes its own life. They do not take long to read, but oh, they take long to ponder! A couple of these stories are in other collections, but each one provided a treat at the end of a workday.

My favorite in this anthology is the last story: “Night of the Quicken Trees.” It tells of two misanthropes who live next door to each other in Clare, Ireland. Each have their respective inner demons, but they uncork a strange form love with each other. They even reconcile themselves, in a small way, with their social world of their nearby town. Will their bliss last, or will their paranoia win out in the end? As always in Keegan’s writing, the narrative only resolves on the last page. Only the last paragraph brings every detail of the short story into harmony, and the characters become all too human." - Amazon Reviewer

A long-haired woman moves into the priest's house and sets fire to his furniture. That Christmas, the electricity goes out. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town looking for a wife. He finds a woman eating alone in the hotel. A farmer wakes half-naked and realises the money is almost gone. And in the title story, a priest waits on the altar for a bride and battles, all that wedding day, with his memories of a love affair. In her long-awaited second collection, Claire Keegan observes an Ireland wrestling with its past.