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The Cripple of Inishmaan

 
 
 
 
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Author: Martin McDonagh
ISBN 13: 9780375705236
ISBN 10: 375705236
Edition: 1
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1998-09-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
List Price: $13.95
 
 

In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been grazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And as news of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order.

NY Observer

Mr. McDonagh [is] a realist with rich gifts...[He] is immensely talented and bizarre.