This is the story of a Doctor who loses everything gambling and thinks he is damned; who meets God in one pub and Death in another, where a pact is made...
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The gambler, a doctor, feels gambling has ruined him. He loses his friends, car and family. He misses the birth of his son. At his nadir, the gambler meets god, then death, in a pub. Both are disguised, but the gambler recognizes them for what they are. Reading a newspaper article about a recent mass-murder out loud for the gambler's benefit, death says "that was great fun for everybody." After making a deal with death, the gambler regains his prosperity and maintains a type of power-sharing arrangement with death for a number of years - knowing he is only postponing the inevtiable.Like Flann O'Brien, Kiely works around the edges of reailty with this powerful novel. Originally published in 1953, it addresses the same concerns of life and death as O'Brien's "The Third Policeman."