The Gentle Island


Brian Friel

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A morning in June. The inhabitants of Inishkeen, The Gentle Island, off the west coast of County Donegal, are leaving for good — all except Manus Sweeney and his family.

In this parable of Ireland one of the characters remarks, ‘There’s ways and ways of telling every story. Every story has seven faces,’ and the title of Friel’s brave work belies a set of violent sexual and homosexual tensions. In the author’s inimitable language and characterization the island’s story and history unfold towards a shattering climax.


Year Published: 1993
Details: 80pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 110 6

The Gallery Press