An Irish Christmas Feast by John B Keane

An Irish Christmas Feast by John B Keane

by John B. Keane

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An Irish Christmas Feast by John B Keane by John B. Keane

Drawing on the rich folk culture of County Kerry, John B. Keane brings new life to old customs in his portrayals of the special holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of country people during the Christmas season. With enough good cheer to warm the heart throughout the Christmas season and the long nights of winter, Keane’s playful volume revisits the Christmases eccentrically celebrated by the likes of Dotie Tupper and Johnny Naile, the doughty Canon Doyle and deaf Canon Cornelius Coodle, the amiable spendthrift Aenias Mackson and Hiccups O’Reilly, who disappears one Christmas for seven years.

Keane bears delightful witness to the strengths and failings, the trials and triumphs, of the simple but not so ordinary folk of rural Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856359900
Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 976 KB

About the Author

John B. Keane, one of Ireland's most prolific and respected literary figures, died on 30 May 2002 at the age of 73, after a long and difficult battle with cancer. He was born in Listowel, County Kerry and it was here that he spent his literary career, running a pub which provided him with inspiration for his characters and ideas. He remains one of Ireland's best-loved and best-selling authors.

His plays Sive, The Field and Big Maggie are widely regarded as classics of the modern Irish stage and jewels in a crown which also includes such popular hits as Sharon's Grave, The Year of the Hiker, Many Young Men of Twenty, The Man from Clare, Moll and The Chastitute and The Year of the Hiker.

It was not just in his plays that John B. Keane managed to portray all aspects of humanity with both wit and truth. He also wrote many fine novels, including The Contractors, A High Meadow and Durango. Also a writer of essays, short stories and letters, his humorous words live on in Celebrated Letters of John B. Keane, More Celebrated Letters, The Best of John B. Keane and The Short Stories of John B. Keane.

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Drawing on the rich folk culture of County Kerry, John B. Keane brings new life to old customs in his portrayals of the special holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of country people during the Christmas season. With enough good cheer to warm the heart throughout the Christmas season and the long nights of winter, Keane’s playful volume revisits the Christmases eccentrically celebrated by the likes of Dotie Tupper and Johnny Naile, the doughty Canon Doyle and deaf Canon Cornelius Coodle, the amiable spendthrift Aenias Mackson and Hiccups O’Reilly, who disappears one Christmas for seven years.

Keane bears delightful witness to the strengths and failings, the trials and triumphs, of the simple but not so ordinary folk of rural Ireland.

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