The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland by John B. Keane

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Classic pieces from the much loved John B. which represent the distillation of the experience of a funny, witty, wise and passionate observer of the bright tapestry of Irish life. This is a collection to prize. All human life is here, and Keane tells its story in an astonishing procession of remarkable characters and in rare humorous glimpses of his own career. There are more shades to John B. Keane's humour than there are colours in the rainbow. Compassion, shrewdness and a glorious sense of fun and roguery are evident in this collection, which brings together John B. Keane's tales. A fitting tribute to John B. Keane, for decades Ireland’s favourite storyteller, this winning short story collection typifies the late author’s folkloric imagination and storytelling arts.

 

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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 February 10, 2004 by Running Press. 194 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Some of the stories are openly sentimental—in “The Fort Field,” for example, an old man comes to appreciate that his beloved meadow is “a land worth fighting for”—while others are more wry (as when an entire village is transformed by a sexy blond tourist in “The Change”).

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