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The Man Who Dreamt of Lobsters

Michael Collins

ISBN 10: 0679420908 / ISBN 13: 9780679420903
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Random House, 1993. First edition. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED AND DATED by author in year of publication. New in dust jacket, with red remainder dot upper edge. His first book. An unread tight copy. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 937

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Title: The Man Who Dreamt of Lobsters

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Nine powerful, merciless, and perceptive stories of Ireland and the Irish journey beyond the sentimental myths to explore the grimmer realities of Irish life, in a collection that includes ""The Meateaters"" and ""The Butcher's Daughter."" A first collection.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Collins, a native of Limerick and teaching fellow at the University of Chicago, offers eight gritty, violent tales of the Irish in his first story collection. In ``The Butcher's Daughter,'' a young pregnant woman mourns the death of her rebel boyfriend moments before setting off a bomb in a bar full of British soldiers; in ``The Meateaters,'' a scared 19-year-old Irish political refugee is murdered by the Irish- Americans he believed would rescue him; in ``First Love,'' the children of a drunken Irishman start a bloody revolution while he's locked in his car during a drinking spree. Collins's stories share a sense of Ireland's darker passions and its natives' fiery involvement with Catholicism, alcohol, violence, and revolution; and if the plots occasionally turn convoluted (as in ``The Whore Mother,'' about a young widow's furtive actions in her Dublin neighborhood) or veer into melodrama (as in ``The Sunday Races,'' in which a young runner is beaten by his mentor when his leg refuses to function, and in ``Sickness,'' in which a family patriarch attempts to abuse his ``idiot'' grandson sexually), the twisted road is in most cases a fascinating one. Collins' heroes are hardly pure--few stories pack as much blood, hatred, and dissolution as these--but they may, in the end, be innocent. An intriguing debut. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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