Excursions in the Real World

Excursions in the Real World


Book - 1994
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The New Yorker has called William Trevor 'probably the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language.' Now, in Excursions in the Real World, he turns to non-fiction with a precise and poignant series of essays about people and places, fascinations and enthusiasms, that have remained snagged in his memory. Here are deeply personal memoirs of Trevor's childhood in south Ireland, in Cork and Kerry and Wexford, of his school and college life in Dublin, and his early days in London. Extraordinary characters abound, from the bully of the Upper Fifth (whose specialty was pretending to brand smaller boys with a red-hot poker) to the shy and straitlaced wife of the Warden of St Columba's School, who turned out to have been, secretly, a turf expert; to Marchant Smith - 'one of the greatest copywriters of his time'- who inexplicably gave Trevor a job at Notley's, the London agency known as the 'nest of singing birds' for the number of aspiring poets it employed. Places - Persia in the early 1970s, a Swiss valley, Venice in November, New York and San Francisco, the Nire Valley in County Waterford - are no less skillfully and lovingly evoked. Affectionate, warmly perceived, often gently humorous, these excursions into memory convey the essence of William Trevor's world
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1994
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780679430292
Branch Call Number: 823.912 Trev
Characteristics: xv, 200 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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