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Title:
The teapots are out and other eccentric tales from Ireland
Author:
Keane, John B., 1928-2002.
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Edition:
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, [2004]

©1997
Physical Description:
192 ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Fred Rimble -- Faith -- Guaranteed pure -- "The teapots are out" -- Under the Sycamore tree -- Thrift -- Dousie O'Dea -- The woman who hated Christmas -- Protocol -- "You're on next Sunday" -- The fort field -- The change -- A tale of two furs -- The hanging -- The curriculum vitae -- The reek -- Death be not proud.
ISBN:
9780786712984
Format :
Book

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Summary

A fitting tribute to John B. Keane, for decades Ireland's favorite storyteller, this winning short story collection typifies the late author's folkloric imagination and storytelling arts. These are congenial tales, too, as this literary legend views the foibles and fallibilities of Irish country folk with abundant compassion as well as a shrewd, sometimes sardonic eye. Add to that Keane's glorious sense of fun and roguery that will make readers relish all the more how and why, in "Fred Rimble," Jim Conlon kills the best friend he ever had. Or how Willie Ramley determines that his future wife will be "Guaranteed Pure." Or how, to tragic as well as comic effect, a gasp, garlic, and gossip undo Denny Bruder in "The Hanging." In all, Keane uncovers the folly in the romantic pangs, exalted aspirations, misguided mischief, and everyday shortcomings of the characters in the village of his storyteller's mind-and beyond the folly finds their humanity.


Author Notes

John B. Keane was born in Ireland on July 21, 1928. He attended St. Michael's College, Listowel. By 1945, he was apprenticed to a chemist in Listowel. He eventually took over a small public house and began to write. During his lifetime, he published 46 works including Sive, The Field, Big Maggie, The Streets and Other Poems, Sharon's Grave, Letters of a Matchmaker, Hut 42, Moll, and Durango.

In 1999 he won the first Irish PEN Award for Literature. Keane died from prostate cancer on May 30, 2002 at the age of 73.

(Bowker Author Biography)