#Read Ireland Kevin Barry
Writer : Kevin Barry
Title short story: Deer Season
Published: The New Yorker, October 10 2016
Theme: Guilt (breaking the law); feeling of isolation
Setting: Province of Connacht, Ballymote, Co. Silgo
Timeline: 5 days in August…then the story ends in October
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Who is Kevin Barry?
- Kevin Barry’s debut story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms,
- won the Rooney Prize for Literature in 2007.
- His short fiction has appeared most recently in The New Yorker.
- His novel, City of Bohane, was published in
- 2011 and won International Dublin Literary Award 2013.
Title: Deer Season
- At the end of the story the reader
- …can see the similarities between
- …a young deer and Edward.
- He is frightened of what is to
- …become of him in the neighborhood.
- He feels hunted.
- Paragraphs: (26)
- Dialogue: 61 short lines of dialogue
- young girl (remains nameless) Edward and her father.
- Young nameless schoolgirl (17)
- She wore a cardigan – a gray
- …might seem a little nunly.
- “She declares herself a Romantic and
- …bare winter was her idyll.”
- Edward (35 )…with scruffy hair
- …rents cottage in the forest.
- His bungalow is filled with
- disheartening musk of adult maleness
- ...there was something military about the neatness.
- He had the hunted look of rural poverty.
- His clothes were not good,
- …army surplus with ugly stout boots.
- Edward stepping carefully about…
- like a heron.
- Backround information:
- Her father is on the farm
- …her mother is dead and
- …she has en older brother William.
- This adventure start out… .
- She purposely attracts a young man for
- …her clever idea of a summer fling.
- She didn’t have any great desire for the man,
- …but she liked his voice and he wasn’t fat.
- It was just a fun thing to do.
- But this summer fling has dire consequences
- …for vulnerable Edward (35 yr)
- He is a loner and feels…..just this once.
- He shall probably never have another chance.
- October dark fell.
- The night folded into quiet of its soft enclosure.
- It was moonless and the great dark pressed in.
- The chill from the river,
- …fingers of mist, a dampness rose.
- The last remnants of light
- …clawed in weak scratches across the sky.
- She walked beneath a cloak of widowly despair.
- Edwards house was clean, tidy, reeked of animal want
- …damp pebble-dash bungalow (exterior wall finish).
- Misery essayed everywhere.
- There were lentils soaking on the draining board
- …he tired to scrub tea mug with index finger under the running tap.
Strong point: closure
- This adventure starts out…
- with the girl touching Edward:
- “...pads of her fingertip touch
- …his skinny biceps – like a dog’s muscle, twitched madly”
- Kevin Barry bookends the story with…
- “She made for home and the pads of her feet beat
- out the new soft rhythm of her power.
- She was stiff from the cold and felt many years older.”
- Kevin Barry…could be the
- new Irish short story writer
- I’ve been looking for!
- This was an absolutely wonderful story
- with and under tone of tragedy
- …and loss of innocence.
- The young girl does not know
- the ‘weight’ of her sensual powers
- ….until she gets the freedom to use them.
- #MustRead Irish author