02 August 2019

Book Beginning: An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Barry Laverty -- Doctor Barry Laverty -- heard the clattering of a frying pan on a stove and smelled bacon frying. Mrs. "Kinky" Kincaid, Doctor O'Reilly's housekeeper, had breakfast on, and Barry realized he was ravenous.
Feet thumped down the stairs, and a deep voice said, "Morning, Kinky."
"Morning yourself, Doctor dear."

"Young Laverty up yet?" Despite the fact that half the village of Ballybucklebo, County Down, Northern Ireland, had been partying in his back garden for much of the night, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Laverty's senior colleague, was up and doing.

Thus begins this novel of rural Northern Ireland in 1964, which is part of a series about the village of Ballybucklebo, the two doctors, and the people of the village. The writing and the story are simple. It might not win any literary prizes but it's a fun summer read. Plus there's a glossary in the back to translate the Ulsterisms.

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