Tag: Kevin Barry

  • Conflict In The Kitchen

    Conflict In The Kitchen

    Cover by Jessie Willcox Smith; lower left bottom says H114; original is faded and watermarked; Bell, Louise Price, “Kitchen Fun- Teaches children to cook successfully”, Harter Publishing Co, Cleveland, Ohio, ©1932, 28 pages

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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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