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The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh
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The Green Fool (original 1938; edition 1975)

by Patrick Kavanagh

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Title:The Green Fool
Authors:Patrick Kavanagh
Info:Penguin (1975), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 264 pages
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When I was about two years old I was one evening lying in the onion-box that had been converted into a cradle.
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Time hardly mattered in the village of Mucker, the birthplace of poet and writer Patrick Kavanagh. Full of wry humour, Kavanagh's unsentimental and evocative account of his Irish rural upbringing describes a patriarchal society surviving on the edge of poverty, sustained by the land and an insatiable love of gossip. There are tales of schoolboy skirmishes, blackberrying and night-time salmon-poaching; of country-weddings and fairs, of political banditry and religious pilgrimages; and of farm-work in the fields and kicking mares. Kavanagh's experiences inspired him to write poetry which immortalized a fast-disappearing way of life and brought him recognition as one of Ireland's great poets.
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