Last edited by Mikalkree
Monday, February 17, 2020 | History

6 edition of The stray sod country found in the catalog.

The stray sod country

a novel

by Patrick McCabe

  • 22 Want to read
  • 29 Currently reading

Published by Bloomsbury USA in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Fiction

  • Edition Notes

    StatementPatrick McCabe
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR6063.C32 S77 2010
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25000833M
    ISBN 109781608192748
    LC Control Number2010008472

    Neil Jordan, who filmed the novelsaid, "The Butcher Boy takes Irish literature to places it has never been before", while Roddy Doyle commented that "reading fiction will never be the same again". What, if anything, helps combat these foreboding feelings? He lives in Clones. The fact that I have read three of his works and have a couple of his earlier novels on the shelves as well is indication enough that I am willing to enrol in his approach.

    How does this feeling of loneliness and unfamiliarity take hold in Cullymore? Beyond fun and games with language - sometimes shockingly bad language - and cruel visitations, McCabe is writing an anti-nostalgic book about the Irish past, mocking quaint images of it. It would accomplish more The stray sod country book its ramshackle meanderings were more tightly focused, yet to impose shape or editorial intervention upon such an explosive imagination would be useless and even destructive. A lot happens in The Stray Sod Country, but there is little in the way of a plot. This is a dark but jauntily amusing portrait of an era, and of an eccentric rural way of life inevitably affected by technological and cultural progress. What John Banville refers to as McCabe's "rough poetry" and "antic black comedy" cannot be tethered by anyone but the author himself, and this merrily fragmented book very determinedly follows its own rules.

    What view of the town does the exhibition provide? Led by Father Hand, the community promptly saw to his removal from his job and he now subsides just The stray sod country book of town in a shack where he carefully maintains a family heirloom, a World War I vintage Lee Enfield rifle, and plots his revenge on the priest. McCabe is aware of what he is doing with his knowing folk tale. Local priest Father Hand loosely forms the novel's centre, driven by his envy of the Hollywood priest Father Patrick Peyton, and his hatred towards erstwhile colleague James A Reilly, now a loose cannon of a vagrant with several threats under his sleeve. Which made it all the more regrettable that the ongoing feud between James Reilly and their parish priest showed no sign of subsiding.


Share this book
You might also like
Readings in international economic relations

Readings in international economic relations

Canadian Environmental Directory, 1992

Canadian Environmental Directory, 1992

Gender inequality and reproductive rights

Gender inequality and reproductive rights

Community justice in rural America

Community justice in rural America

Industrial woodworker =

Industrial woodworker =

Reconstruction in Georgia

Reconstruction in Georgia

Action Stations (Action stations)

Action Stations (Action stations)

poetical works of John Milton

poetical works of John Milton

British consular jurisdiction in the East

British consular jurisdiction in the East

Fort Brown historical

Fort Brown historical

Sesame, status and improvement

Sesame, status and improvement

The stray sod country by Patrick McCabe Download PDF Ebook

The fact that I have read three of his works and The stray sod country book a couple of his earlier novels on the shelves as well is indication enough that I am willing to enrol in his approach. This novel is a devil's-eye view of a lost era, a sojourn to the dark side of our past, one we may not have come back from.

Like Thomas, he reveals how the inner lives of his people affect their public behavior, though his vision is less "Under Milk Wood" and more "Under Wormwood. Father Augustus Hand is working on a bold new theatrical production for Easter, which he, for one, knows will put Cullymore on the map.

Joanna Briscoe's novel You will be published by Bloomsbury next year. The narrator too is problematic. How do you picture them behaving to each other without the sinister influence of the narrator?

Cancel anytime. Publisher's Summary It isand as Laika, the Sputnik dog, is launched into space, Golly Murray, the Cullymore barber's wife, finds herself oddly obsessing about the canine cosmonaut.

At first, this tale of small-town life in the late s reads like an insane mess, from its title to its crazy-paving narrative approach.

The Stray Sod Country is a devilishly clever tale

As such, reality is their fantasy. Neil Jordan, who filmed the novelsaid, "The Butcher Boy takes Irish literature to places it has never been before", while Roddy Doyle commented that "reading fiction will never be the same again". Even the seemingly simple townspeople sense an evil presence pushing them toward madness.

He loves his characters the way a cat loves its prey, and his devil's intrusions are dark grace notes in the story. Reilly sits in his hovel by the lake outside town, with his pet fox and his father's gun, feeling the weight of an insidious and inscrutable presence pressing down upon him.

BKMT READING GUIDES

How does Reilly feel when he finally apologizes to Jerome Brolly? What attitudes do the townspeople of Cullymore have toward other countries? Discuss the character Golly Murray, whose mental state changes drastically over the course of the novel.

How is Cullymore a different place forty years after the Tenebrae performance? In the short form, the author marked the turn of the century with a mostly overlooked collection, Mondo Desperado Indeed, the novel lacks energy and purpose, which is a terrible thing to find oneself saying about a writer you admire.

As these imperiled characters wrestle The stray sod country book their identities, The stray sod country book mysteriously powerful narrator plucks, gently, at the strings of their fates, and watches the twitching response.

Perhaps this is McCabe's demonstration of the reputed banality of evil, or maybe he just got carried away. Why does Father Hand feel such rage for Father Peyton? How does the town treat Reilly after the scandal? Meanwhile, Fonsey "Teddy" O'Neill is returning, like the prodigal son, from overseas, with Brylcreem in his hair and a Cuban-heeled swagger to his step, having experienced his coming-of-age in Skegness, England.

This time around it is More from the same.Oct 13,  · Book review: Patrick McCabe's The Stray Sod Country is based in small-town Ireland.

Reading his fiction is a terrifying experience. Oct 04,  · About The Stray Sod Country It isand as Laika, the Sputnik dog, is launched into space, Golly Murray, the Cullymore barber's wife, finds herself oddly obsessing about the canine cosmonaut. Meanwhile, Fonsey "Teddy" O'Neill is returning, like the prodigal son, from overseas, with Brylcreem in his hair and a Cuban-heeled swagger to his step, having experienced his coming-of-age.

Jan 01,  · The titular ‘Stray Sod Country’ of McCabe’s novel is explained as a piece of Irish folklore: a place of mind that alienates one from seeing the familiar as familiar again, or more shortly--“cosmic loneliness” or what we’d probably today call existential angst/5(21).In contemporary fantasy literature, a stray sod is pdf clump of grass enchanted by magicechomusic.com a person steps on one, they will become disorientated and lost, even in familiar surroundings.

Wearing an item of clothing inside-out breaks the enchantment, allowing the person to find their way again.Oct 16,  · THE Stray Sod Country is a metaphor, a fable which the characters of Patrick McCabe’s new novel continually fall back on. It describes being lost in .The Stray Sod Country is Patrick McCabe's tenth novel, and is set ebook small-town Ireland in the s.

He has also written a children's book, several radio plays, numerous short stories, and adapted some of his work for stage.