Tales from Bective Bridge

  • Title: Tales from Bective Bridge
  • Author: Mary Josephine Lavin
  • ISBN: 9781860590412
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
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    About Mary Josephine Lavin


    1. Mary Josephine Lavin 10 June 1912 25 March 1996 was a noted Irish short story writer and novelist She is regarded as a pioneering female author in the traditionally male dominated world of Irish letters Her subject matter often dealt explicitly with feminist issues and concerns at a time when the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and its abuses e.g the Magdalene Laundries impinged extensively on Irish society.Mary Lavin was born in East Walpole, Massachusetts in 1912, the only child of Tom and Nora Lavin, an immigrant Irish couple She attended primary school in East Walpole until the age of ten, when her mother decided to go back to Ireland Initially, Mary and Nora lived with Nora s family in Athenry in County Galway Afterwards, they bought a house in Dublin, and Mary s father, too, came back from America to join them.Mary attended Loreto College, a convent school in Dublin, before going on to study English and French at University College Dublin UCD She taught French at Loreto College for a while As a postgraduate student, she published her first short story, Miss Holland , which appeared in the Dublin Magazine in 1938 Tom Lavin then approached Lord Dunsany, the well known Irish writer, on behalf of his daughter and asked him to read some of Mary s unpublished work Suitably impressed, Lord Dunsany became Mary s literary mentor.In 1943, Mary Lavin published her first book Tales from Bective Bridge, a volume of ten short stories about life in rural Ireland, was a critical success and went on to win the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction That same year, Lavin married William Walsh, a Dublin lawyer Over the next decade, the couple had three daughters and moved to abbey farm which they purchased in County Meath which included the land around Bective Abbey Lavin s literary career flourished she published several novels and collections of short stories during this period Her first novel The House in Clewe Street was serialised in the Atlantic Monthly before its publication in book form in 1945.In 1954, William Walsh died Lavin, her reputation as a major writer already well established, was left to confront her responsibilities alone She raised her three daughters and kept the family farm going at the same time She also managed to keep her literary career on track, continuing to publish short stories and winning several awards for her work, including the Katherine Mansfield Prize in 1961, Guggenheim Fellowships in 1959 and 1961, and an honorary doctorate from UCD in 1968 Some of her stories written during this period, dealing with the topic of widowhood, are acknowledged to be among her finest.Lavin remarried in 1969 Michael Scott was an old friend from Mary s student days in University College He had been a Jesuit priest in Australia, but had obtained release from his vows from Rome and returned to Ireland The two remained together until Scott s death in 1991.In 1992, Lavin, by now retired, was elected Saoi by the members of Aosd na for achieving singular and sustained distinction in literature Aosd na is an affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, and the title of Saoi one of the highest honours in Irish culture from


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    1. This is Lavin's first book, published in 1943, and is a collection of ten very strong stories. "The Green Grave and the Black Grave" is the most unusual, having a clear rhythm and a sense of oral telling to it. Miss Holland, Brother Boniface, and Sarah are carefully drawn characters and among my favourites in the book. I read the book twice, and the stories hold up to second reading. The human condition is met in every case and Lavin is never trite.

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    2. Every time I read a collection of Mary Lavin's stories, I wonder 'how is she not as famous as she should be?' She's magically skilled and so poignant. If you haven't read her, you should.

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    3. "Brother Boniface" is a deeply feeling and sweet story about a misfit boy Barney who is actually born as a mystic. His days in the Monastery contrasted sharply with his previous life working for his father. However it is Boniface's last days when he was charged to shush cats from flower beds that is the crowing touch of this affecting tale of a gentle soul who just want to be able to look at the stars in nightly sky. "Widow's son" is an exercise of moral ambiguity. A widow mother has possessive [...]

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    4. I am currently reading Tales from Bective Bridge. Mary Lavin was an Irish short story writer who was born in the US and moved to a small town of Galway, Ireland with her mother when she was nine. In her stories, she focuses on internal and external exiled characters who have been isolated from their own community or family. "Sarah" and "The Green and Black Grave" are two notable short stories in this book. Amazingly well written, shocking ends and different style in each story.

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