Trick of the Ga Bolga
Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (March 1985)
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Coote had only lived in glen for a week, but everyone knew him already. And he knew his quarreling next-door neighbors. He first met the Proker (actually Hugh Donnelly, but the name was rust from lack of use) and his donkey. As he rode, the Proker carried a stick with a nail in it and wasn't too keen about Coote's other neighbor, Salmo. "That nail is for Salmo. I have no quarrel with anyone but Salmo. As the poet said, he's the lump in my stirabout, the stone-bruise on my foot. But you and me, we're friends, Mr. Coote."
His neighbors gave Coote concern. When he was talking to the priest over a glass of whiskey and was asked, "What do you think of our Glen?" he answered, "It's a wild place, and the wild Atlantic makes it wilder."
"What do you hope to do here?" the priest asked.
"I hope to live off nine acres of rocky land like everyone else. If all goes well, I may buy a few sheep and take up salmon and lobster fishing. There's so much one can do in a place like this."
There was, including the building of a proper bridge across an inlet, and winning a horse race, and avoiding being gaffed, grassed, and gutted before he had time to say one "Our Father." In particular, there was the feud - a fight to the death - between Salmo and the Proker.
'The Trick of the Ga Bolga' is a novel in which a marvelously talented author displays his talents and his love and understanding of Ireland most completely. Book Dust Jacket