A Man in a Distant Field: A Novel

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Dundurn, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Declan O'Malley came to the coast of British Columbia because it was as far away from Ireland as he could possibly go. Haunted by memories of his family's death at the hands of the Black and Tans, Declan is unable to escape his grief. He immerses himself in a new life, seeking to produce a more perfect translation of Homer's Odyssey while at the same time becoming closer to the family on whose property he is living. But Declan cannot free himself from his past, and when Ireland beckons, he is drawn to his own history and to the opportunity for a happier future.

 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
13
Section 4
39
Section 5
53
Section 6
64
Section 7
80
Section 8
101
Section 10
139
Section 11
155
Section 12
177
Section 13
190
Section 14
201
Section 15
235
Section 16
261
Section 17
297

Section 9
115

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Page 9 - ... were interwoven. Here Odysseus tunnelled, and raked together with his hands a wide bed— for a fall of leaves was there, enough to save two men or maybe three on a winter night, a night of bitter cold. Odysseus' heart laughed when he saw his leaf-bed, and down he lay, heaping more leaves above him. A man in a distant field, no hearthfires near, will hide a fresh brand in his bed of embers to keep a spark alive for the next day; so in the leaves Odysseus hid himself, while over him Athena showered...

About the author (2004)

Theresa Kishkan has lived on both coasts of Canada as well as in Greece, England, and Ireland. She currently lives on B.C.'s Sechelt Peninsula with her husband and three children. They run a small private press, High Ground Press. Kishkan is the author of a novel (Sisters of Grass), a novella (Irishbream), and several books of poetry.

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