Monday June 1, 2020

Moving studies of the mores of modern masculinity

Fiction; Gods and Angels; By David Park; Bloomsbury, €23

3rd July, 2016
David Park: offering portraits of men adrift in the world Picture: Getty

In the opening piece in David Park’s new collection of stories, Gods and Angels, a literature student named Henry is learning to swim in the leisure centre of a Belfast hotel. The cerebral nature of the narrator’s scholarly pursuits is set against his physical weakness, which is further thrown into relief when he falls into the company of three hard local men who befriend him in the bar of the hotel.

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