Tarry Flynn, Paperback Book
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A man's mother can be a terrible burden sometimes. For Tarry Flynn - poet, farmer and lover-from-afar of beautiful young virgins - the responsibility of family, farm, poetic inspiration and his own unyielding lust is a heavy one.

The only solution is to rise above all - or escape over the nearest horizon.

Like The Green Fool, his autobiography, Patrick Kavanagh's Tarry Flynn is an idyllic and beautifully evocative account of life as it was lived in Ireland earlier this century.


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A work of fiction by the Monaghan poet, but rooted in his ownupbringing. Tarry is stuck in a parish in Cavan, on a small farmwith his mother and three sisters. Its an extremely funny book,as Tarry gets into endless squabbles with his neighbours andannoys the parish priest at every opportunity. He's also tryingto impress the daughter of the local schoolteacher butspends a lot of his time trying to avoid the pleasures availablefrom some of the other local caílin. At the same time, Tarryfinds beauty in the 'stony soil' and there's some wonderfullyevocative descriptions, as you'd expect from a master poet.I loved the dialogue in this as well, full of witticisms and country truths and wisdom. Was sad when I finished this, could have done with another few hundred pages of the same. Will be putting Kavanagh's other work, 'The green fool', onmy reading list.

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