Among the best writers this company has published is Ireland's Benedict Kiely. His first book to be released in this country, The State of Ireland, received a front page New York Times Book Review notice in which Guy Davenport wrote, "The first meaning of 'the state of Ireland' is that it's a place where stories are still told, deliciously and by masters of the art, of whoAmong the best writers this company has published is Ireland's Benedict Kiely. His first book to be released in this country, The State of Ireland, received a front page New York Times Book Review notice in which Guy Davenport wrote, "The first meaning of 'the state of Ireland' is that it's a place where stories are still told, deliciously and by masters of the art, of whom Benedict Kiely is one, perhaps the foremost." This collection was followed by novels, story collections and a separate printing of what William Kennedy called "a small masterpiece," Proxopera, Kiely's moving and memorable anti-war fable (which, especially in these times, bears reading and re-reading). This treasure chest of a book, containing his complete short stories and novellas, spans forty years, and introduces another generation to one of the great prose stylists of our age, a man who possesses "a unique voice," and whose "technique is so good as to be invisible." For this edition we have included some sixteen stories never published before in the USA, a new introduction by the author, as well as his afterword to Proxopera. At almost 800 pages, this is the most extensive and ambitious work of fiction our small company has ever issued. Kiely is a member of a select club that includes Chekhov, Welty, Peter Taylor, and another author whose work we championed, Andre Dubus - all writers whose stories cut close to the bone and near to the heart....
|Title||:||The Collected Stories of Benedict Kiely|
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The Collected Stories of Benedict Kiely Reviews
This is the review for Bluebell Meadows. This is a great short story. I am surprised at the author's attention to detail. The story itself takes place in Lancashire UK and speaks of the protestant/ Catholic sectarianism through the eyes of Lofty, a freckled and blond boy and Rebecca a 14 year old interesting and witty girl. We follow their lives, their communities. And their stories. The effect of the war in their lives and how their paths different (as it always happens with kids!). It's rather beautiful and interesting but I wasn't so engaged with this story for some reason I can't quite pinpoint. 3.5 stars.
Have not read the entire book, but the stories I have read are very good. One in particular--an almost romance between an Irish Catholic girl and a Protestant boy. He gives her, as a gift, six bullets. Something about that seems true to me in a way that lays out the whole depressing nature of the Irish "troubles." Naturally, they two do not become as one, but the bullets are not fired . . . at least in Ireland. Instead, there's a strange recounting of the shooting of six black protestors in Detroit by a rookie policeman. A story that stays with you long after.
I'm amazed that I hadn't known the writings of Benedict Kiely and am delighted to discover this icon of contemporary Irish literature. He is such a strong story teller reminding me of Joseph Mitchell. You aren't aware of how it is written. You see the narrative naturally flow onto the page.
Didn't so much finish as had to return this to the library. Beautiful stories that I would love to revisit; must try to find a copy to own.