Handy Andy: A Tale of Irish Life

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Nonsuch Publishing, Feb 1, 2006 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Handy Andy is the most enduringly popular of the novels of Samuel Lover, author, artist, and musician. The laughing philosopher of the title is Andy Rooney, a fellow who had "the most singularly ingenious knack of doing everything the wrong way." More than simply a comic novel, it has been described as "a pill to purge melancholy." There is certainly a musicality in the language, combined with the accomplished artist’s eye for composition in this wonderful and farcical tale of Irish life.

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The hero of Lover's comedic 1842 novel is "handy" Andy Rooney, a likable enough guy who has an unfortunate knack for doing everything wrong. Besides some chuckles, the story provides a glimpse of 19th ... Read full review

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