Faith, hope but no charity in McCabe's bleak view of Ireland

Heaven Lies About Us, by Eugene McCabe, Jonathan Cape, €16.

22nd January, 2005

Heaven Lies About Us, by Eugene McCabe, Jonathan Cape, €16.

This collection of 12 short stories, written over the last 30 years, investigates some of the formative ingredients that have shaped the Irish soul over the last 150 years.

McCabe's material - the hypocrisy of faith, the centrality of the family and our O'Hara-like obsession with the land - is a well-tested recipe in modern Irish literature. Yet McCabe's insight into the black heart of Ireland is a...

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