In the Wake of the Bagger by Jack
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This novel is published on behalf of Sligo
Co Council who commissioned it, the first time a novel
has been commissioned under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
This first novel by the master storyteller has
two circular narratives, one set in the Nineteen
Fifties, the other in the present day. At once a social
document and a meditation on change, it is the
enthralling story of the Dowd family who are uprooted
from their home in Killeenduff, Co Sligo, to re-settle
as economic migrants in the Midlands, where the
industrial development of the bogs is providing jobs and
opportunities. The tension between the old traditional
way of life and the first stirring of industrialization
in rural Ireland is captured graphically. The story of
the protagonist and his family is told with great
warmth, but without sentimentality.
From the reviews of In the Wake of the Bagger
This is one of the great books about Ireland ….
full of astounding scenes …. a truly fabulous book.
Don't miss it.
This first novel from the accomplished short story
writer Jack Harte is truly a many-splendoured thing.
A gem of a book that demands to be read and
flagged for its imaginative plotting, authentic
characterization, and colloquially colourful dialogue.
The jewel in the crown of this book is Jack Harte's craftsmanship.
This is a beautifully written book which deserves to be read again and again.
This is one of those beautiful books that you pick you and simply cannot put down until you have finished the very last word. Jack Harte hails from Sligo and this county forms the basis of this seriously interesting novel. We meet the Dowd family who are uprooted from their Sligo home to find work on the Bogs in the Midlands and the effect this has on the family. The story is well told with a wonderful sense of pathos and the text is measured and balanced. A true delight.
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In the Wake of the Bagger
ISBN 0-9547194-5-X, price €9.95
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