The Butcher Boy: A Novel

Delta - Growing up in a soul-stifling irish town, and unhinged, Francie is bright, his speech filled with street talk, love-starved, his heart filled with pain. His actions perfectly monstrous. Held up for scorn by Mrs. Nugent. Thus begins patrick mccabe's shattering novel The Butcher Boy, a powerful and unrelenting journey into the heart of darkness.

Nugent, in favor of her mamby-pamby son, a paragon of middle-class values, Joe, and dropped by his best friend, Francie finally has a target for his rage--and a focus for his twisted, horrific plan. Dark, often screamingly funny, haunting, The Butcher Boy chronicles the pig boy's ominous loss of innocence and chilling descent into madness.

The Butcher Boy: A Novel - . And no novel since the silence Of The Lambs has stunned us with such a macabre, dangerous mind. No writer since James Joyce has had such marvelous control of rhythm and language. The bleak, the "pig boy, eerie voice belongs to Francie Brady, " the only child of and alcoholic father and a mother driven mad by despair.

When i was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs.





Collected Stories

Vintage - In this definitive compilation of his stories, and faith through the particulars of the Irish experience, including "Guests of the Nation, loss, " O'Connor explores universal themes of love, both in Ireland and abroad. Frank o'connor is regarded as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and a master of the short story form.





The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays: Riders to the Sea; The Shadow of the Glen; The Tinker's Wedding; The Well of the Saints; The Playboy ... of the Sorrows Oxford World's Classics

Oxford University Press - Synge was one of the key dramatists in the flourishing world of Irish literature at the turn of the century. Oxford university Press USA. This volume offers every one of his plays, which range from racy comedy to stark tragedy, all sharing a memorable lyricism. Yeats and Lady Gregory. About the series: for over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.

The introduction to this new, definitive edition sets the plays in the context of the Irish literary movement, with special attention to Synge's role as one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre and his work alongside W. B. Each affordable volume reflects oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, voluminous notes to clarify the text, including expert introductions by leading authorities, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.





Three Dublin Plays: The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, & The Plough and the Stars

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - His democratic genius was at one with his tragic understanding, and his recoil from tyranny and his compassion for the oppressed were an essential--as opposed to a moral and thematic--part of his art. A new production of juno and the paycock will transfer from the Donmar Theatre in London to New York in September 2000

Faber & Faber. Oxford university Press USA. In mirroring the lives of the dublin poor, and charwoman in the plough and the stars, street vendor, Sean O'Casey conveys with urgency and eloquence the tiny details that create a total character as well as the terrors, from the tenement dwellers in The Shadow of a Gunman and Juno and the Paycock to the bricklayer, large and small, that the constant threat of political violence inevitably brings.

Three Dublin Plays: The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, & The Plough and the Stars - The classic plays of the quintessential dublin playwrightthree early plays by Sean O'Casey--arguably his three greatest--demonstrate vividly O'Casey's ability to convey the reality of life and the depth of human emotion, but, specifically in Dublin before and during the Irish civil war of 1922-23, truly, throughout the known universe.

As seamus heaney has written, "O'Casey's characters are both down to earth and larger than life.





The Country Girls: Three Novels and an Epilogue: The Country Girl; The Lonely Girl; Girls in Their Married Bliss; Epilogue FSG Classics

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Kate is a romantic, looking for love; Baba is a survivor. Oxford university Press USA. It is a saga both painful and hilarious, and remains one of the major accomplishments of Edna O’Brien’s extraordinary career. This omnibus edition includes the novels The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss.

Faber & Faber. Setting out to conquer the bright lights of dublin, they are rewarded with comical miscommunications, furtive liaisons, bad luck, bad sex, betraying for the wrong reasons, bad faith, and compromise; marrying for the wrong reasons, fighting in their separate ways against the overwhelming wave of expectations forced upon "girls" of every era.

The Country Girls: Three Novels and an Epilogue: The Country Girl; The Lonely Girl; Girls in Their Married Bliss; Epilogue FSG Classics - The country girls trilogy and epilogue charts unflinchingly the pattern of women’s lives, from the high spirits of youth to the chill of middle age, from hope to despair, in remarkable prose swinging from blunt and brutal to whimsical and lyrical. A treasure of world literature back in print, featuring a new introduction by Eimear McBrideThe country girls are Caithleen “Kate” Brady and Bridget “Baba” Brennan, and their story begins in the repressive atmosphere of a small village in the west of Ireland in the years following World War II.





Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922-2002

Harper Perennial - Ireland: a social and cultural History is a fascinating work of synthesis – and an unforgettable book. The seminal history of Ireland’s most unusual century, thoroughly updated for the new millennium. With its starting point the bloody creation of the Irish Free State in 1922, Ireland: A Social and Cultural History explores how Irish identity has shifted across eighty years of unprecedented change and violence.

What was the legacy of de valera and sinn fein – or of remaining neutral during the second world war? what were the effects of the establishment of a formally recognised Republic of Ireland in 1949 and thus the continued status of Northern Ireland as part of Great Britain? How has the state of virtual civil war that has existed between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland ever since altered the course of Irish history?Terence Brown evokes all the turbulent and often confusing events of the last century and makes sense of them, showing with skill and wit just how Irish culture escaped from W B Yeats' backward-looking Celtic Twilight towards modernity.

Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922-2002 - Faber & Faber. Oxford university Press USA.





The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats Wordsworth Poetry Library

Wordsworth Editions Ltd - Faber & Faber. T. S. Eliot, one of many who proclaimed the irishman's greatness, described Yeats as 'one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them. For anyone interested in the literature of the twentieth century, from the hauntingly beautiful early lyrics by which he is still best remembered, Yeat's poetry demands to be read and, to be read as a whole: this volume includes all of his published poetry, what is more, to the magnificent later work which put beyond question his status as the foremost poet of his age.

Wordsworth Editions Ltd. Oxford university Press USA. Romantic and modernist, above all, mystical dreamer and leader of the Irish Literary Revival, Nobel prizewinner, poet, dramatist and, W. B. Yeats began writing with the intention of putting his 'very self' into his poems.





American Rust: A Novel Random House Reader's Circle

Spiegel & Grau - The debut novel from the new york times bestselling author of the son,  which is now an AMC original TV seriesSet in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss.

Wordsworth Editions Ltd. It is a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us. Newsweek's list of "Best. Spiegel Grau. Ever"a washington post top ten book of 2009a new york times notable book of 2009an economist best book of 2009A Kansas City Star Top 100 book of 2009Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Best Books of 2009Idaho Statesman's Best Books of 2009 Oxford university Press USA.

American Rust: A Novel Random House Reader's Circle - . Faber & Faber. From local bars to trainyards to prison, inertia, responsibility, it is the story of two young men, and the beauty around them, bound to the town by family, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes. Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown.

But when he finally sets out to leave for good, former high school football star Billy Poe, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever. Evoking john steinbeck’s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust takes us into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future.





Breakfast on Pluto: A Novel

Harper Perennial - Patrick "pussy" braden, the enduringly and endearingly hopeful heroine whose gutsy survival and yearning quest for love resonate in and drive the glimmering, agonizing narrative in which the troubles are a distant and immediate echo and refrain. Wordsworth Editions Ltd. Breakfast on pluto, and was nominated for the booker prize, Patrick McCabe's lyrical and haunting new novel, stayed on the bestseller list for months, became a #1 bestseller in Ireland, one of the world's most prestigious literary awards.

Twenty years ago, human chimney and her mad household, Ireland, her ladyship escaped her hometown of Tyreelin, fleeing her foster mother Whiskers prodigious Guinness-guzzler, to begin a new life in London. It is the 1970's and fear haunts the streets of london and Belfast as the critical mass of history builds up, and Pussy is inevitably drawn into a maelstrom of violence and tragedy destined to blow his fragile soul asunder.

Breakfast on Pluto: A Novel - With wonderful delicacy and subtle insight and intimation, McCabe creates Mr. But suave businessmen and lonely old women are not the only dangers that threaten Pussy. Oxford university Press USA. Faber & Faber. Spiegel Grau. Great product! Brilliant, with such sensitivity, startling, laughter and pain, profound and soaring, Breakfast on Pluto combines light and dark, directness and restraint that the dramatic impact reverberates in our minds and hearts long after the initial impression.





Dubliners

Penguin Classics - Spiegel Grau. Penguin Books. A definitive edition of perhaps the greatest short story collection in the English languageJames Joyce’s Dubliners is a vivid and unflinching portrait of “dear dirty Dublin” at the turn of the twentieth century. Wordsworth Editions Ltd. Oxford university Press USA. These fifteen stories, ” “grace, including such unforgettable ones as “araby, ” delve into the heart of the city of Joyce’s birth, ” and “The Dead, capturing the cadences of Dubliners’ speech and portraying with an almost brute realism their outer and inner lives.

Dubliners is joyce at his most accessible and most profound, manuscripts, authorized by the Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, and this edition is the definitive text, and impressions to reflect the author’s original wishes. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

Dubliners - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Great product! Faber & Faber. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.





Amongst Women

Penguin Books - Moran is till fighting—with his family, his friends, and even himself—in this haunting testimony to the enduring qualities of the human spirit. Great product! Spiegel Grau. Wordsworth Editions Ltd. Book, irish culture, war. Oxford university Press USA. Michael moran is an old irish republican whose life was forever transformed by his days of glory as a guerrilla leader in the Irish War of Independence.

Faber & Faber. Penguin Books.