The Bodhran Makers by John B. Keane
A Novel of Ireland

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A novel of rural Ireland: "Furious, raging, passionate and...very, very funny." -- Boston Globe "At once a rueful elegy to a vanished spirit and a comic celebration. For those who wear the green, this book will provide a bounty of tears and laughs." -- Publishers Weekly

About John B. Keane

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John B. Keane was born in Ireland on July 21, 1928. He attended St. Michael's College, Listowel. By 1945, he was apprenticed to a chemist in Listowel. He eventually took over a small public house and began to write. During his lifetime, he published 46 works including Sive, The Field, Big Maggie, The Streets and Other Poems, Sharon's Grave, Letters of a Successful T.D., Hut 42, Moll, and Durango. He died from prostate cancer on May 30, 2002 at the age of 73.
Published December 31, 1986 by Brandon Books. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Fiction

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In rural Dirrabeg, farmers work hard cutting turf and raising a couple of cows or pigs, but it's not easy keeping up much less getting ahead, especially when relatives are in desperate need--but as Donal Hallapy reassures his wife before taking hard-to-spare fuel and groceries to his sister and h...

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Keane, who wrote the play The Field (upon which a recent film was based), tells the tale of the village of Dirrabeg and the perennial battle between a handful of families who celebrate the pagan festivals and the Catholic Church, which in a pique threatens to excommunicate all who participate in ...

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