Dancing at Lughnasa

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Faber & Faber, Dec 15, 2011 - Performing Arts - 128 pages
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It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. The two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after 25 years, and the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. In depicting two days in the life of this menage, Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group of human beings trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are a part.

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

A fabulous slice of life drama about five Irish sisters, a radio, a child, a kite, a man, an unorthodox priest and the music of life that binds them all as they dance through life. Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A book about four sisters who are living together in 1930s Ireland, unmarried, with one child (out of wedlock) in the house with them. The grown-up child serves as narrator, which adds a slightly less ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, in 1929. His plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come!,Translations, Faith Healer, Making History, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Home Place.