The Awkward Squads
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The Awkward Squads : and Selected Short Stories

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 16mm | 160g
  • Turnpike Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0957233647
  • 9780957233645
  • 1,709,977

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'The Awkward Squads' are selection of short stories from Fermanagh's first major writer, Shan Bullock. They are stories that depict the frustrations and comedy of rural life in the late nineteenth-century while responding to the conflicts and tensions that still dominate Northern Irish politics. Shan Bullock's short stories drew on the social changes and political crisis of late nineteenth-century Ireland. 'A State Official' portrays the threat of the Land League, predicting the violence that would spread through Ireland decades later. 'The Awkward Squads' is a satirical account of the Home Rule crisis of the 1880's where Fermanagh's farmers form the Loyal Lowth Castle Infantry under the motto 'Croppies, Lie Down' in opposition to the farmers of Cavan, across the lough, who have united to defend 'the cause of Ireland', a foreshadowing of the partition of Ireland. The Awkward Squads makes Bullock's short stories available for the first time in a century. In 1903 the Irish newspaper 'The United Irishman' described Bullock's writing as "the finest Ulster-maybe the finest Irish-stories of this generation". In his fiction Bullock defined a specific Ulster regional identity, and it is this sense of Ulster's uniqueness that makes Bullock one of the founders of Northern Irish literature.show more
by James Doyle