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A Close Shave with the Devil: Stories of Dublin Ena May

A Close Shave with the Devil: Stories of Dublin

Ena May

Published June 1st 1999
ISBN : 9781901866179
Paperback
160 pages
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 About the Book 

With a tapestry of eight intertwined stories, the persona of gimlet-eyed Eily Doolin is the quintessential young pubescent abroad in late-1940s Ireland. These are richly observed, unsettling tales by a child narrator. With her pal Itchy Ryder, EilyMoreWith a tapestry of eight intertwined stories, the persona of gimlet-eyed Eily Doolin is the quintessential young pubescent abroad in late-1940s Ireland. These are richly observed, unsettling tales by a child narrator. With her pal Itchy Ryder, Eily inhabits secret childhood places, roof or field, as well as the grown-up kitchens and parlors of Blarney Park, twitching the veil between private and public spaces, house and street.As adult conversations are reported, gruesome vignettes are unwittingly laid bare to readers versed in the language of euphemism, exposing the pathology of the family unit, casual racism, loneliness, domestic abuse, as well as intense warmth and humor: an abused neighbor takes revenge on her elderly husband, a young boy exacts a terrible revenge on his mother, a woman retrieves her husband from the Argentinian Tango-dancer, and The Devil has been sighted going around town. These are powerful, coming-of-age fables which perfectly convey an era gone.