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Eternal truths: Night Boat to Tangier, by Kevin Barry, reviewed

10 August 2019

9:00 AM

10 August 2019

9:00 AM

It lives in me still, the intense thrill when, as a child, I would listen to the Irish people around me converse. Some would express themselves in a personal language of grunts and clicks; others would be monosyllabically gnomic; and others would make of English new and magical shapes. They’d enrapture the language (especially in oath and insult) and draw out its transformative potential.

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