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In a time when I feel inundated by crime novels and depictions of slipping moral standards it feels refreshing to read these stories. They are not portraying an Eden through rosy tinted glasses, but - especially in the first two stories here, narrated by a small boy - the naivety is quite touching. Whether it is the first heartbreak or the jealousy of this strange man supposedly your father returned from the First World War who changes your interaction with your mother forever, O'Connor can make the world seem large and tiny simultaneously. The complex relationship between Mick and Nan in the third story reveals much about the complexity of human nature as it plays out in specific circumstances. The final tale, of the friendship between two monks in a silent order, demonstrates how the world is too much with us. Lovely, heartwarming narratives about flawed humanity - here as found in Ireland.

In vier vertellings beeld O'Connor die wêreld en menslikheid uit soos dit spesifiek in Ierland te vinde is. Die naïwiteit, veral in die eerste twee verhale met 'n klein seuntjie as verteller, is ontroerend, veral in 'n tyd waarin misdaadverhale en uitbeeldings van morele verglyding die hoogty vier. Sonder om probleme af te skaal of rooskleurig uit te beeld stel die skrywer 'n gebroke werklikheid met deernis voor.
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