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Manly Scowls

Patrick Parrinder

6 February 1986
An Artist of the Floating World 
by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Faber, 206 pp., £9.95, February 1986, 0 571 13608 7
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Revolutionary Road 
by Richard Yates.
Methuen, 337 pp., £4.50, January 1986, 0 413 59720 2
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Young Hearts Crying 
by Richard Yates.
Methuen, 347 pp., £9.95, January 1986, 9780413597304
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Ellen 
by Ita Daly.
Cape, 144 pp., £8.95, January 1986, 0 224 02833 2
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... Once he has fought and married and mated, in the closing words of Young Hearts Crying, ‘it might not even matter how the story turned out in the end.’ Ellen, a first novel by the Irish author ItaDaly, is another work in the naturalistic mode: almost, in fact, a Tale of Mean Streets. But here the first-person narrative with its fastidious detachment reveals a highly-disciplined writer whose ...

Kay Demarest’s War

Penelope Fitzgerald

17 September 1987
The Other Garden 
by Francis Wyndham.
Cape, 106 pp., £9.95, September 1987, 0 224 02475 2
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The Engine of Owl-Light 
by Sebastian Barry.
Carcanet, 390 pp., £10.95, July 1987, 0 85635 704 9
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A Singular Attraction 
by Ita Daly.
Cape, 144 pp., £10.95, August 1987, 0 224 02438 8
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Cold Spring Harbor 
by Richard Yates.
Methuen, 182 pp., £10.95, July 1987, 0 413 14420 8
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The Changeling 
by Catharine Arnold.
Hodder, 223 pp., £9.95, July 1987, 0 340 40542 2
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... Barry has said that ‘to employ irony in Ireland would be an irony in itself. There’s always someone falling down.’ This, if it was taken seriously, would put him very far apart from Dublin’s ItaDaly, a classic ironist, rueful, calm and clear. In The Engine of Owl-Light, at one point, the storyteller is haunted by his hostile father. In A Singular Attraction Pauline Kennedy, a sensible ...

‘What is your nation if I may ask?’

Colm Tóibín: Jews in Ireland

30 September 1999
Jews in 20th-century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust 
by Dermot Keogh.
Cork, 336 pp., £45, March 1998, 9781859181492
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... editor of the Irish Press during the Seventies and Eighties. He published a page of fiction and poetry every week, and this is where many Irish writers, including Neil Jordan, Desmond Hogan and ItaDaly, published their first work. His brother Louis Marcus has been one of the guiding spirits of the Irish film industry. Estella Solomon’s brother, Bethel, was a distinguished gynaecologist and master ...

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