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Wednesday, 24 December 2008


Six writers contribute to this 33rd edition of The Dublin Review. Both Eimear Walsh and Colm Tóibín take as their topic the experiences and emotions of homosexual youths, the former penning a story that tells of the difficulties of the realisation of difference in an Ireland long gone. Tóibín's contribution, "The Pearl Fishers", focuses rather on the differences evident between two boys who are linked in a sexual context but whose lives subsequently take very different paths.
Harry Browne gives an overview of the country's fishing industry, with the odd sideswipe at politicians who quote meaningless statistics, while David Wheatley ranges from the flora and fauna to the human side of Australia, observed during his visit to the continent under the Vincent Buckley prize.
Colm McCann presents "All respects to heaven, I like it here", an extract from his latest novel due for publication in 2009, and Judy Kravis has a short story, "Loin of Pork" in which the purchased meat takes on an importance and an endurance of its own.

(The Dublin Review, ISBN 978 1843511 16 8, pp120, €30.00 per annum)

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