The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland

The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland Father, I Said, Feeling I Might As Well Get It Over While I Had Him In A Good Humour, I Had It All Arranged To Kill My Grandmother Praised As Ireland S Chekhov, Frank O Connor Was A Modern Master Of The Short Story From An Amateur Brass Band Divided By Partisanship To English Soldiers Who Befriend Their Irish Captors, And From A Child S Comic Confession To The End Of A Small Town Friendship, These Four Humorous And Tragic Stories Refract Universal Truths Through The Prism Of Th Century IrelandThis Book Contains The Cornet Player Who Betrayed Ireland, Guests Of The Nation, A Story By Maupassant, And First Confession

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  • Paperback
  • 67 pages
  • The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland
  • Frank O’Connor
  • English
  • 06 December 2019
  • 9780141196183

10 thoughts on “The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland

  1. says:

    This book is one of the Mini Modern Classics, a series of fifty novellas and mini collections published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Penguin Modern Classics.There are four stories in Frank O Connor s The Cornet Player Who Betrayed Ireland, all of which, in their different ways, look at the effect of broader social forces on the lives of ordinary individuals The cornet player of the title story is Mick Twomey, the only supporter of William O Brien in a brass band whose other members support O Brien s rival political leader, John Redmond normally, they put their differences aside in the name of music but now the band is due to play at a reception for a visit by Redmond, and relations between Mick and his bandmates change irrevocably O Connor s focus here is firmly on his characters, with the politics in the background his narrator is Mick s son, who understands little than that his neighbourhood is in favour of O Brien and against Redmond there s a gradual, grinding and thoroughly believeable inevitability to the way Mick and the band become estranged.The three other stories in the collection retain this focus on character, but in rather different contexts First Confession is the lightest in tone, as a seven year old boy gives confession for the first time, and his sister who was taunting him over the possible consequences is infuriated to find that the outcome is not what she d expected Guests of the Nation tells of two Irish soldiers who have befriended their English prisoners, despite the knowledge that the order to execute them may come at any time O Connor draws an effective contrast between the impersonal orders being issued by commanders, and the reality of the soldiers lives on the ground The final piece, A Story by Maupassant , is perhaps the most intensely focused on character of all in its depiction of a man who comes to realise that his life has become the very thing at which he laughed dismissively as a child.

  2. says:

    Ricordando DublinersI racconti di O Connor contenuti in questo volume sono tipicamente irlandesi, nel senso che riecheggiano le vicende e le peculiarit della societ dell isola nel 900 La prosa piana e minimale, nonch il fatto che in molti casi i protagonisti siano bambini, accentuano il carattere quieto delle storie, ravvisabile anche laddove trattano argomenti scomodi od addirittura violenti Singolarmente, o forse per precisa intenzione del curatore Guido Almansi di cui consiglio di leggere la breve introduzione il primo racconto tratta di una morte, analogamente a quanto avviene nei Dubliners di Joyce ed il confronto con il grande romanziere viene spontaneo, racconto dopo racconto, portando alla conclusione che, pur non avendo sicuramente la medesima capacit di linguaggio ed evocativa, O Connor non ne esce male, almeno rispetto ai citati Dubliners Particolarmente belli, a mio avviso, i racconti Notte di maggio e A che servono le ragazze Una notazione a parte merita Il capolavoro di Mac, sorta di manifesto della incapacit irlandese di riflettere sulle proprie contraddizioni e di tradurle in una letteratura nazionale.

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    Half way through, I would have been tempted to give this collection a lower rating The final piece, however, is one of the best I ve ever read about the estrangement and fall of a childhood friend It s written so seamlessly well that you almost can t believe 20 years have passed in the 17 pages of the story.The other works range from mediocre to good O Connor has the sort of down to earth Irish style that would would imagine a subdued James Joyce to have He often writes from a child s perspective to exaggerate minor conflicts or character traits into larger conflicts.While I didn t love everything here, the final story was good enough that I would be happy to read of O Connor, and I can happily recommend this Mini Modern Classic.

  5. says:

    A stark series of stories telling of dark times, of unlikely and inadvisable friendships, of sinful children, and of sinful adults struggling to find their place in the world, this collection covers a variety of hard subjects but with enough humour and humanity to lift each story above tragedy, and elevate each into a fruitful mediation on life.

  6. says:

    I loved the first three stories in this collection, they are very short, poignant The Cornet Player , sweet and funny First Confession , shocking Guests of the Nation and quintessentially Irish The last one A story by Maupassant didn t impress me all that much but I definitely want to read works by this author.

  7. says:

    Not the kind of stories for me generally however, I respect them as classics and the ability to write a complete story in so few words is amazing It was a fair purchase for 2 The title is what drew me to it as a musician.

  8. says:

    Fine, nothing too exciting Not bad, but wouldn t read again.

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