Quench the Lamp

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If ever a voice has captured the colors, the rhythms, the rich, bittersweet emotions of a time gone by, it is Alice Taylor's. Her tales of childhood in rural Ireland hark back to a timeless past, to a world now lost, but ever and fondly remembered. The colorful characters and joyous moments she offers have made her stories an Irish phenomenon, and have made Alice herself the most beloved author in all of the Emerald Isle.

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Overview

If ever a voice has captured the colors, the rhythms, the rich, bittersweet emotions of a time gone by, it is Alice Taylor's. Her tales of childhood in rural Ireland hark back to a timeless past, to a world now lost, but ever and fondly remembered. The colorful characters and joyous moments she offers have made her stories an Irish phenomenon, and have made Alice herself the most beloved author in all of the Emerald Isle.

For St. Patrick's Day, St. Martin's Press proudly presents a newly redesignededition of this classic book by Alice Taylor, one of Ireland's most respectedand highly acclaimed authors. "Taylor manages in this small book to evoke aprecious time and place that is quite unforgettable."--Pittsburgh Press.

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This collection of vignettes continues the story of Taylor's childhood in Ireland--a story begun with her Irish best seller To School Through the Fields ( LJ 3/1/90). Each piece is a quick, entertaining glance at Irish life in the Forties and Fifties, a life slowly moving to more modern times. Recorded here are the characters, events, and traditions of a rural life that are sadly lost to memory when a society succumbs to technology. Books such as Taylor's preserve for us all an otherwise fading oral tradition.-- Kenneth J. Cook, Melbourne, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863221125
  • Publisher: Brandon Books
  • Publication date: 1/14/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Children Of A Changing Time 9
Going For The Messages 11
Mrs Tom's Tan 22
Old Bags 27
Nell's Christmas Spirit 34
Goody, Goody 42
Cow Time 45
The Missioners 51
Mad Saints 57
The Eternal Flame 60
Always On A Monday 65
Winter Journeys 73
Capeen 78
If Ever A Man Suffered 83
Too Hot To Handle 87
The Burial Bonnet 90
Anyone For Pandy? 93
Molly's Cottage 96
The Second Step 100
Quench The Lamp 109
The Gladioli Man 117
The Royal Wee 123
Home Drama 127
A Marriage Of Convenience 135
"Come Home Dacent" 140
Little Bits Of Darning 154
Faigh Do Cota 159
"You Can't Beat The Nuns" 162
Back Across The Fields 169
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