Walking the Dog and Other Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Fiction - 198 pages
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This long-awaited new collection from the noted Irish writer Bernard MacLaverty examines worlds in collision, relationships fragmenting, innocence coming face to face with real life and real death. A Catholic schoolboy playing football has a theological debate with a Protestant policeman; a chess game in Spain is a catalyst for grief and redemption; in the haunting title story a Belfast man out walking his dog is kidnapped at gunpoint.

As always, MacLaverty's writing is vivid, exact, and pellucid, his characters perfectly observed, the surface of the prose deceptively still. It is only after we enter the world of the stories that we begin to make out the huge shapes that move there: loss, love, disappointment, fierce joy. This is a powerful, honest, and moving book by one of the great storytellers of our age.

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WALKING THE DOG: and Other Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From this gifted Irish writer (living now in Glasgow), nine crystalline, quiet stories—the voice here is never raised even slightly—showing that the simple stuff of plain life can make for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - lriley - LibraryThing

A short story collection where between each story MacLaverty takes a page or two to make pithy asides to his readers. The title story set in Belfast during the troubles has a man routinely at the end ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow, Scotland. His books include Lamb, Cal, and Grace Notes, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, for which Midwinter Break was also shortlisted.

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