Sheer survival is difficult enough for the people of a small island off the west of Ireland - what chance do they have of love or even of dignity? In the 1950s their battle is with the savage forces of poverty, disease and religious constraint. Terrible things happen - rape, incest, bestiality - and yet somehow compassion, love and generosity of spirit manage to continue. Brooding over it all is the elemental figure of Big Bucko, symbolic of all that is brutal and disruptive. Four decades later, the island is facing other ...

Undertow 2003, Blackstaff Press

ISBN-13: 9780856407284

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