Tag: Ireland

  • The Symbolism of Water Wells

    The Symbolism of Water Wells

    In folklore and fairy tale, round, enclosed structures (towers and wells) align with lunar figures which stand in for cyclic time i.e. dragons, serpents, werewolves or other related creatures who abduct maidens. And also, by the way, dishevelled hair and shaggy furs worn as garments are the other symbol set which go hand-in-hand with round, enclosed structures. These symbols are…

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  • Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People” is a mother-and-daughter road trip short story by American writer Lorrie Moore. This story was published in The New Yorker in November 1993. Also find it in Birds of America (1999) and The Collected Stories. The title of this story comes from something the mother of this story is known to say…

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  • How To Write Like William Trevor

    How To Write Like William Trevor

    William Trevor didn’t like giving interviews. Part of the reason: Interviewers would try to get him to break down his process. But he considered the entire thing a mystery; he could never explain how he wrote. He worried that if he got too “academic” in his approach, he’d no longer be able to write. (He would have hated this entire…

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  • Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    If you think you’re too old to write about contemporary young characters, take your cue from Irish short story master William Trevor, who wrote “Bravado”, about young people and night-clubbing culture, at almost 80 years of age. Note that the story is not set when he himself was young, but in the mid noughties.

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  • Who’s-Dead McCarthy by Kevin Barry Analysis

    Who’s-Dead McCarthy by Kevin Barry Analysis

    In the short story “Who’s-Dead McCarthy“, Irish short story writer Kevin Barry takes someone’s darkly morbid fascination with death and exaggerates it in a story-length character sketch — a man who talks about death so incessantly that people cross the road to avoid him. It’s wonderful. I think humour only ever exists in something that sets out to be serious.…

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  • Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    Ernestine and Kit by Kevin Barry Analysis

    “Ernestine and Kit” is a short story by Kevin Barry, included in Dark Lies The Island (2013). It has been made into a short film by Simon Bird if you can get a hold of it. This is black humour at its best. I was captivated with this crime story from beginning to end — the suspense is well-paced, and the…

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  • Beer Trip To Llandudno by Kevin Barry Analysis

    Beer Trip To Llandudno by Kevin Barry Analysis

    “Beer Trip To Llandudno” is the mythic journey of a group of middle-aged men, ostensibly on an ale-tasting expedition, metaphorically on a life journey towards death. This short story is included in Barry’s Dark Lies The Island collection (2012). Kevin Barry won The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012 for this particular story and I’m feeling pleased…

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  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (2011) Analysis

    Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (2011) Analysis

    When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things. A perfect picture book by Oliver Jeffers. STORY STRUCTURE OF STUCK There’s a long oral tradition of stories which get cumulatively more and more ridiculous until the  most ridiculous idea ends the story. “The Three Lazy Sons” is from…

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