Hailed by critic E. F. Bleiler as a “landmark book in the history of fantasy,” Mervyn Wall’s classic The Unfortunate Fursey (1946) is set in 11th century Ireland, where the forces of evil have launched an assault on the monastery of Clonmacnoise. Their task is made easier by the fact that one hapless monk, the simple-minded Brother Fursey, cannot manage to pronounce the necessary words of exorcism. When the other monks discover this, the unfortunate Fursey is expelled and sets forth on the first stage of his travels, accompanied by a fantastic procession of cacodemons, hippogriffs, imps, furies, and other dreadful creatures, not to mention the elegant gentleman in black who is their commander-in-chief.
This edition includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda.
“Wildly fantastic, intensely satirical, and wickedly comic” – Irish Times
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I was very hungry and needed some late evening book to read and this seemed the most likely from the junk that was available. I was somewhat delighted but also saw why it is a minor novel or second rate novel. Mostly it works though the characters are not so full blooded and the submessage of the Roman Church's abuses are bold and believable and the conclusion left me unsatisfied. I found myself curious as to how the plot would develope which is an achievement and how the seeming loose ends would be gathered together.