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Over the backyard wall

by Thomas Kilroy | 06 November 2018
Category: Biography Irish
According to Tom Kilroy, his captivating memoir materialised in response to a cataract operation in 2006, shocking his memory into being and imparting him with a uniquely tactile and sensuous perception of his own past. 'Over the Backyard Wall' describes a coming of age embodied by escape, self-discovery and a struggle to contend with the rigid culture of a small Irish town in Co. Kilkenny during WWII, with parents representing both sides of the civil war conflict of the 1920s. He describes encounters with fellow Kilkenny artists Tony O'Malley and Hubert Butler, and writers such as Carson McCullers during his tour of the southern US states in the 1950s. In keeping with Kilroy's previous works, this book utilises the silences of the past to liberate the imagination, making use of social and political history to reinvigorate the shard-like nature of his own narrative memory.
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According to Tom Kilroy, his captivating memoir materialised in response to a cataract operation in 2006, shocking his memory into being and imparting him with a uniquely tactile and sensuous perception of his own past. 'Over the Backyard Wall' describes a coming of age embodied by escape, self-discovery and a struggle to contend with the rigid culture of a small Irish town in Co. Kilkenny during WWII, with parents representing both sides of the civil war conflict of the 1920s. He describes encounters with fellow Kilkenny artists Tony O'Malley and Hubert Butler, and writers such as Carson McCullers during his tour of the southern US states in the 1950s. In keeping with Kilroy's previous works, this book utilises the silences of the past to liberate the imagination, making use of social and political history to reinvigorate the shard-like nature of his own narrative memory.
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According to Tom Kilroy, his captivating memoir materialised in response to a cataract operation in 2006, shocking his memory into being and imparting him with a uniquely tactile and sensuous perception of his own past. 'Over the Backyard Wall' describes a coming of age embodied by escape, self-discovery and a struggle to contend with the rigid culture of a small Irish town in Co. Kilkenny during WWII, with parents representing both sides of the civil war conflict of the 1920s. He describes encounters with fellow Kilkenny artists Tony O'Malley and Hubert Butler, and writers such as Carson McCullers during his tour of the southern US states in the 1950s. In keeping with Kilroy's previous works, this book utilises the silences of the past to liberate the imagination, making use of social and political history to reinvigorate the shard-like nature of his own narrative memory.

Product Details

Over the backyard wall

ISBN9781843517498

Format

Publisher (06 November. 2018)

No. of Pages240

Weight354

Language English (United States)

Dimensions 217 x 142 x 23