This book will make you smile Loved it great for anyone that wants to about rural Ireland The main characters reminded me of my great for anyone that wants to about rural Ireland The main characters reminded me of my so much Absolute classic I loved the two main characters How this was originally banned is beyond belief I bought this book at the Inn we stayed at in Gougane Barra where the author lived for a number of years and where the Tailor and Ansty are buried I even visited the cemetery but that was before I knew to look for their graves Having spent a blink of an eye in Cork I could *well envision the setting and characters And could ear the characters telling shtories * envision the setting and characters And could The Donovan Legacy (Donovans hear the characters telling shtories me yearn for the individuality of my grandparents generation when contrasted with today somogeneity I first came across a copy of The Tailor and Ansty in a Breaking Down (The Garage, house in Bath about 25 years ago discarded on the floor of the basement with some old magazines and other rubbish To beonest I was a bit surprised to find that particular Irish book there Over the years I d eard many references to it but never fully in context so although familiar with the title I actually ad no idea what it was aboutThe first thing that struck me was the easy readability Eric Cross as a lovely nonchalant style that makes it a real pleasure to read from the very first page In the townland of Garrnapeaka in the district of Inchigeela in the parish of Iveleary in the barony of West Muskerry in the county of Cork in the province of Munster as e magnilouently styles Passionate Kisses Boxed Set his address lives the TailorHis small whitewashed cottage with its acre of ground stands at the brow of aill at the side of a road which winds and climbs into a deep glen of the mountains bordering Cork and Kerry If you don t know much about the story it really is very simple and concerns Eric Cross record of Destiny and Power his real life interactions with two elderly individuals Timothy Buckley the laid back and talkative Tailor andis ever nagging wife Anastasia Ansty in 1940 s Gougane Barra West CorkThe book is gently My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, humorous very funny at times and gives a beautiful insight into the lives of people in rural Ireland at a time when there was no entertainment apart from shaggy stories and philosoph. Tailor and Ansty was banned soon after its first publication in 1942 and became the subject of much bitter controversy Itas become a modern Irish classic. .
Ical musings Mostly the book concerns the Tailor s amusingly erudite if unscholarly ramblings and various interactions between the couple and their friends and neighbours and their almost obsessive care of their single cow Because of their age the Tailor and Ansty were uite elderly and retired at the time Eric #cross knew them both were very much set #knew them both were very much set their ways and after over forty years of living together ad a polished routine of abuse and affection that comes through in the book If you re looking for action and Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, high drama you won t find itere but you ll not find
a better antidotebetter antidote modern life eitherThirty years later I still ave the original copy I found on the floor of that BASEMENT IN BATH AND IT REMAINS in Bath and it remains of my favourite books to this day Clasur The world is only a blue bag Knock a sueeze out of it when you can Classic Amazing storytelling Can t figure out why it was banned in Ireland when it came out Eric Cross ad this book first published in 1942 and it was banned for being indecentindecent insofar as it is suggestive of or inciting to sexual immorality or unnatural vice or likely in any similar way to corrupt or deprave This of course now makes it very appealing to read The Tailor and Ansty are an elderly couple living in West Cork when Eric meets them Their Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies house is the centre of conversation story telling gossip and sessions The Tailor and Ansty are both bilingual Eric visits regularly as does Frank O Connor and the stories in the book are the reminiscences of the Tailor Ansty and their friends The atmospheric writing means you feel you are sitting beside them of a night yarning away You want to be there listening to the banter often caustic between the couple as well as sitting out in the field with the Tailor watching the Cow This is Irish story telling at its best the truth made better by the embellishments and worldly wisdoms thrown in The Tailorad two mottos for which e was famous The world is only a blue bag Knock a sueeze out of it when you can And Glac bog an saol agus glacfaidh an saol bog t take the world fine and aisy and the world will take you fine and aisy Absolutely loved this book two Promising to make immortal the Tailor and is irrepressible wife Ansty The Tailor never travelled further than Scotland yet the breadth of the world could
review The Tailor and AnstyEople near the end of their lives who ad preserved the innocence the Zest The Wonder It the wonder It me to a time and place in rural Ireland would loved to ave sat in their cottage and soaked in their wit and wisdom to uote Eric Cross whose recording of their lives is exuisite in my opinion we are shown Explosive Acts had we eyes to see that against a backdrop of poverty of severe physicalandicap and pain that life could be and was lived with an enormous appetite gusto gaiety courage and a certainty which made ay of the various religions philosophical and political labels with which we buttress ourselves against the real in
our individual livesindividual lives 219 these two together created a little magic for me The characters in this book are extraordinary so ebullient and unusual and idiosyncratic that it s difficult to believe they existed and yet they did The exclamations alone thon amon dieul your soul to the devil thamwirrashimfaina mwirra make the book worth reading most of them are new to me and I ave read Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria hundreds of Irish stories The Tailor whoas travelled as far as Scotland regales callers with is worldly wisdom as though e Two Reels And A Crank had been around the world and seen everything Ansty Anastasiaas never been anywhere but where she is and is astonished daily by the news that comes their way She Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, has a profound innocence of the world but that doesn t mean she s a prude That the book was banned soon after publication in 1942 illustrates the difference between de Valera s imposition of Catholic morality on the new Irish state and the people s mix of life and lore Ansty is in motion dawn to dusk while The Tailorolds court aving retired from is trade Their The Camping Cookbook home is aub of social activity with neighbours and passersby stopping in for tea or porter or some other beverage and to talk world events or local affairs or ancient times The Tailor uses a crutch for Absalom, Absalom! his disabled legis only outdoor duty is standing to the cow which means watching er every move and trying to keep er out of the vegetable patch The entire story would make a very engaging and entertaining stage play The audience would be exhausted by the sweeping and bantering and exclaimin. Ot contain the wealth of Black Stone hisumour and fantasy All On Liberty human life isere marriages inuests matchmaking wakes and always the Tailor No Way Down his wife and their black co.