Everything In This Country Must

Everything In This Country Must

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'Excellent, a very powerful and moving piece of work' Roddy DoyleOne powerful novella, with two thematically linked short stories on either side of it, forms the basis of EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST. Although these are stories about Ireland and the Troubles, they have an almost mythical rather than a political feel. In the title story, four young soldiers help a farmer and his daughter free their horse from a stream in flood, unable to understand that their help will never be anything but an insult. In the novella, Hunger Strike, a young boy and his mother flee to Galway as the boy's uncle succumbs to a hunger strike in a Derry gaol. In Wood, a ten-year-old boy is asked by his mother to make poles for the marching season.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 124 x 142 x 10mm | 521.63g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753811200
  • 9780753811207
  • 246,602

About Colum McCann

Colum McCann was born in Dublin in 1965. His fiction has won numerous international awards including the Rooney Prize, the Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Award, a Pushcart Prize, and Esquire magazine's Writer of the Year award in 2003. In 2005 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film. He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame in Dublin. His work has been published in twenty-six languages. He has travelled widely and is based in New York, where he lives with his wife and children.show more

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"There is no denying the discipline that has gone into "Everything in This Country Must ."--"Charles Taylor, "The New York Times Book Review" "Captures that peculiar nexus of hormones, deprivation and political imperative on a Northern Irish child coming of age." -Susan Salter Reynolds, "Los Angeles Times Book Review" "[A] stunning new book...Told in McCann's lush prose, these stories are both mesmerizing and painful." " -""Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "McCann has the knack of capturing the intensity of these strongly held views in a low-key prose that underscores their vitriol, and in a way that disturbs the reader's sensibilities." -"Richmond Times-Dispatch" "Excellent - this is a powerful and moving collection." -Roddy Doyle "Masterful. These emotionally charged, beautifully controlled tales can only enhance McCann's already considerable reputation." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred) "These are powerful stories - gritty, memorable and ambitious. The novella goes strashow more

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710 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 26% (182)
4 47% (336)
3 21% (152)
2 5% (33)
1 1% (7)
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