The Keys to the Cottage
Stories from the West of Ireland
By Carlos Reyes
Carlos Reyes has an almost Joycean ear for the nuances of Irish speech, and in The Keys to the Cottage he catches the energy and music of the talk and the crosstalk of a rural Ireland which scarcely exists any more. From his first bewildering encounters with people who see him as just another Yank, an outsider passing through, we watch him being enfolded into a culture and a family which he observes with a clear but loving eye. A rich and gentle humor suffuses this book, and as Ireland changes rapidly Reyes holds on to a vision of a slower time of hard farmwork, long sessions of poetry and pints, and endless cups of tea lubricating talk of politics and pigs. He gives us a host of characters, in that special Irish sense of the word which mixes personality with an engrossing crookedness of individuality. By the end, the outsider has become the genial chronicler of the kinds of lives that will not be seen again, and has become an insider more Irish than many of the Irish themselves.
About the Author
Carlos Reyes is a noted Portland poet, translator, and world traveler. His latest book of poetry is Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart. He has been an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Fundación Valparaíso Fellow (Spain), a Heinrich Boll Fellow (Ireland), An Island Institute Fellow (Sitka, Alaska), as well as poet-in-resident at the Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, and most recently Devils Tower National Monument.
Other Titles by Carlos Reyes
translated by Carlos Reyes
Apr 2013 - Lynx House Press
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Other Titles in LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
Apr 2022 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
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Vivek Shraya, afterword by J.R. Carpenter
Feb 2022 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
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