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He did not ask things to have a meaning or to tell a story. To be was the only story A semi-autobiographical novel from the author of The Green Fool and The Great Hunger A man's mother can be a terrible burden sometimes. For Tarry Flynn - poet, farmer and lover-from-afar of beautiful young virgins - the responsibility of family, farm, poetic inspiration and his own unyielding lust is a heavy one. The only solution is to rise above all - or escape over the nearest horizon. Patrick Kavanagh's Tarry Flynn is an idyllic and beautifully evocative account of life as it was lived in Ireland in the 1930s.
About the Author
Patrick Kavanagh was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan, in 1904. His verse collections included Ploughman and Other Poems (1936), A Soul for Sale and Other Poems (1947) and Come Dance with Kitty Stobling (1960). He also wrote the novel Tarry Flynn (1948) and his autobiography The Green Fool (1938). He died in 1967.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A work of fiction by the Monaghan poet, but rooted in his ownupbringing. Tarry is stuck in a parish in Cavan, on a small farmwith his mother and three sisters. Its an extremely funny book,as Tarry gets into endless squabbles with his neighbours andannoys the parish priest at every opportunity. He's also tryingto impress the daughter of the local schoolteacher butspends a lot of his time trying to avoid the pleasures availablefrom some of the other local caílin. At the same time, Tarryfinds beauty in the 'stony soil' and there's some wonderfullyevocative descriptions, as you'd expect from a master poet.I loved the dialogue in this as well, full of witticisms and country truths and wisdom. Was sad when I finished this, could have done with another few hundred pages of the same. Will be putting Kavanagh's other work, 'The green fool', onmy reading list.