The Eleventh Summer
The remembered events are narrated from the child Paul's point of view--in a style so terse and flat, and with characters so familiar, that the story fails to become engaging. After the death of Paul's mother, his tyrannical father sends him to live with his Irish grandparents, the O'Berne's, at the Red House, their ramshackle farm.
Though he's spent holidays there, it's during his 11th summer that Paul penetrates the mysteries of their grown-up world, acquiring painful knowledge. When his doting ""granny"" sends him to the races with his alcoholic grandfather, she warns Paul ""to look after him.
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To Paul's horror, his ""heartbroken"" grandfather goes on a drinking binge. Granny is heartbroken too, for the money her husband used to bet had been borrowed from the bank to hire men for the harvesting. The arrival of Mr.
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Schmidt, the German land speculator, saves the day. But not all Paul's discoveries are grim; in one of the best-written episodes, he explores some pleasurable mysteries with his cousin, Philomena.
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Harvest season sends O'Berne on his last binge. He accidentally starts a fire, burning down the house around him. The unique flavor of Ireland and the Irish is strangely missing from this book. In the early nineties he was the creative writing tutor at the Maze prison and since he has been the writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry.
He is married with five children and currently resides outside Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. View all authors.
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