By (author) Bernard MacLaverty
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Cal by Bernard MacLaverty
Book DescriptionOne of a series of classic fiction titles for schools, this is a story of love and hate, set in strife-torn Belfast. A young Catholic falls in love with a young Protestant widow whose husband he has recently helped to murder. The book contains some uninhibited and explicit language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780435123369
(190mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Publish Date: 2-Nov-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard MacLaverty
Collected Stories, Paperback (October 2014)
Melding his native Irish sensibilities to those of his adopted west-coast Scotland, this book includes tales that attend to life's big events: love and loss, separation and violence, death and betrayal.
Walking the Dog, Paperback (September 2012)
A rich collection of short stories by one of Ireland's contemporary literary masters.
Matters of Life and Death, Paperback (May 2007)
Beginning with the sudden, nauseating terror of a family caught up in an explosion of shocking sectarian violence and ending with the white-out of an Iowa blizzard and a different kind of fear, this book is about bonds and connections, made and broken, secret and known.
Anatomy School, Paperback (August 2003)» View all books by Bernard MacLaverty
A coming-of-age story of a northern Irish boy getting out from under the thumb of mother, church, and country.
US Kirkus Review » MacLaverty (Lamb) accomplishes this short novel with a shudder-soft grace and inevitability; little here feels forced or elongated, though the story itself is almost banal in bare outline. Cal McCrystal is a young unemployed Ulster Catholic (he could work at the abbatoir with his father Shamie, but he can't stand the sights and smells); as the only Catholics left on their street, he and Shamie are subjected to threats and, eventually, arson. Yet Cal is no rabid IRA-er - despite his having been coerced by them into a terrible deed: acting as the driver on a murder run that assassinated a Protestant reserve policeman. It's Cal's fate, in fact, to be repeatedly roped into situations he doesn't really want to be in. And the central plot here involves Cal's love from afar for a local librarian, Marcella, who turns out to be. . . the widow of the policeman whom Cal helped destroy. Improbable? Certainly. But MacLaverty is stalwart and light-touched enough to follow it through, to convince us of Cal's love and guilt. Furthermore, when Marcella finally responds to Cal (who has aroused IRA suspicions by his silence and goes to dangerous lengths to be near Marcella), there is a taut wire strung between them: Marcella's need for comfort, her unawareness of his sin; his horror of blurting out one day what he's done. And MacLaverty is especially good at the small, dry-mouthed details of Cal's infatuation, which build minutely - with an added interesting angle of characterization: Cal turns out to be a wittier, more urbane lover than we'd expect, as though freed by love from circumstance. A brief, slightly unbelievable book - nonetheless made rich, affecting, and tangible by the quiet determination of its characters. . . and its storytelling. (Kirkus Reviews)
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