A gypsy king dies, and a group of villagers seek to save him from the dishonour of a pauper's grave.

The dispute over the inheritance of a well-field becomes a struggle between the 'old stock' and the 'new people' for the very ownership of their town. A terrier pup reveals the truth of the relationship between a poacher and gamekeeper.

A seasoned drinker subverts the 'dry' policy of a train chartered by a Pioneer pilgrimage. An old man puts on his best suit for this own wake, telling his family he will be dead by nightfall. And a blind woman only truly realizes her blindness when forced to abandon her home. De Faoite's special achievement is twofold. Firstly, there is a music to the language and a rush to the heart of the matter.

The natural speech rhythms of the people give an impulse to the work that is irresistible.

Secondly there is the kindliness of the vision, a kindliness not unmixed with a cool and observant eye that make the characters of another age come alive in our own.

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ISBN 9781843510642
Author Seamus de Faoite
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 10 Oct 2006
Format Paperback
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Death of a King

Stories of enduring friendships and close family ties form the heart of Death of a King. Often hilarious, these stories delicately but potently reveal their characters’ lives in all their toughness and tenderness

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