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Dining at the Dunbar Maurice Leitch

Dining at the Dunbar

Maurice Leitch

Published 2009
ISBN : 9781904652526
Paperback
282 pages
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A new collection of short stories by Maurice Leitch is always a major event. Dining at the Dunbar sees the celebrated Northern Irish writer at the top of his game with seven short stories exploring the uncertainties of those living on the margins.MoreA new collection of short stories by Maurice Leitch is always a major event. Dining at the Dunbar sees the celebrated Northern Irish writer at the top of his game with seven short stories exploring the uncertainties of those living on the margins.Leitch is a master at depicting the self-deceptions of those trapped in their own lives and fantasies. In Hear Me Out, an evangelical preacher finally achieves his voice in a very disturbing way whilst the two rapists of The Valets Room act out a fantasy of friendship in the bowels of a London hotel.Other stories in the collection balance humour and the sadness of lives constrained by circumstances: a cook faces his own High Noon in a loyalist drinking club- a 13-year-old boy and his alcoholic mother live their half-lives in the shadow of her fleeting fame as The Linford Linnet, whilst a middle-age cosmopolitan returns to darkest rural Ulster to visit his ailing father and to confront his past.By turns savage, brutally candid, mordant and ironical, Leitch, nevertheless, displays empathy with, and profound compassion for, his characters and the all-too-human predicaments in which they find themselves.It makes Dining at the Dunbar an unsettling - yet ultimately triumphant - collection.