The central focus is on the development of Frank Feely, a young innocent growing up bewildered and disabled in the hills of Armagh, who is initiated into the world of men's affairs by his father Joe. At the heart of the book is the story of a quest, a theft and a daring recovery.
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Hilarious and poignant, 'Shambles Corner' is a novel that takes an uncompromising look at the elaborate ideologies and rituals of religious bigotry in Ulster.
Frank Feely is a young innocent growing up in the hills of Armagh. From his father Joe he learns about the goings-on in the city, where the two sides confront each other across the Shambles and the fortunes of an extraordinary cast of characters ebb and flow, until news from the far west of a discovery that will change them all.
Though set in modern times, 'Shambles Corner' portrays a quasi-medieval world where materialism and magic run hand in hand. A world of ghettos and pilgrimages and banishments, peppered with wit and violence, inhabited by farmers and smugglers, boatmen and butchers, clerics and publicans, gun-men, fugitives, patriots and saints; a world whose morals and mores are policed by a sinister band of fanatical, female vigilantes. A world anticipating the future and invoking the past as it lurches towards the millennium.
"The true personality of the Irish is captured in this book, harsh, proud and rebellious, sensitive, funny and in turn lovable"
J. P. DONLEAVY
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Book Description Flamingo, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006545734