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Classic Irish Short Stories, Volume One

Fiction: Short Stories. Audio from Audio Connoisseur. Published in 2003. 4 hours and 56 minutes. Read by Charlton Griffin. Purchased from Audible.com.

Short stories are not my usual reading fare, but since they were Irish short stories, I thought I’d give them a try. I really enjoyed listening to them – I just had to rethink how long a story is supposed to be before I stopped feeling like they just ended – chop – without any warning.

Publisher’s summary:
The Irish have always had a knack for telling wonderful stories, and their fantastic ability has been recognized from early Gaelic times. For centuries, stories of all kinds have been offered to friends and strangers alike as a form of entertainment and communication. Today in Ireland, the short story is revered even above the novel. Hearing these magnificent stories, we become aware of more than just the humor and travail of a small island. In some magical, mysterious fashion, as we listen, we all become Irish in a grand, tragi-comedy of life, and these stories show us what makes the human being the special creature he is.

Volume I includes “Homesickness” and “Julia Cahill’s Curse” by George Moore; “Innocence” by Sean O’Faolain; “The Fairy Goose” by Liam O’Flaherty; “The Sphinx without a Secret” by Oscar Wilde; “Adventures of a Strolling Player” by Oliver Goldsmith; “The Weaver’s Grave” by Seamus O’Kelly; “My Oedipus Complex” by Frank O’Connor; “The Boarding House” by James Joyce; and “The Leaping Trout” by David Hogan

Online book shopping:
Powell’s: not available at Powell’s
amazon.co.uk: not available from Amazon in the UK
amazon.com: Classic Irish Short Stories, Volume 1
Audible.com: Classic Irish Short Stories, Volume 1

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