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[Ebook] The Tailor and Ansty By Eric Cross – serv3.3pub.co.uk [BOOKS] ✮ The Tailor and Ansty Author Eric Cross – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Tailor and Ansty was banned soon after its first publication in 1942 and became the subject of much bitter controversy It has become a modern Irish classic promising to make immortal the Tailor and hi Tailor and Ansty was banned soon after its first publication in and became the subject of much bitter controversy It has become a modern Irish classic promising to make immortal the Tailor and his The Tailor PDF/EPUB ² irrepressible wife Ansty The Tailor never travelled further than Scotland yet the breadth of the world could not contain the wealth of his humour and fantasy All human life is here marriages inuests matchmaking wakes and always the Tailor his wife and their black cow.


10 thoughts on “The Tailor and Ansty

  1. A. Mary A. Mary says:

    The characters in this book are extraordinary so ebullient and unusual and idiosyncratic that it's difficult to believe they existed and yet they did The exclamations alone thon amon dieul your soul to the devil thamwirrashimfaina mwirra make the book worth reading; most of them are new to me and I have read hundreds of Irish stories The Tailor who has travelled as far as Scotland regales callers with his worldly wisdom as though he had been around the world and seen everything Ansty Anastasia has never been anywhere but where she is and is astonished daily by the news that comes their way She has a profound innocence of the world but that doesn't mean she's a prude That the book was banned soon after publication in 1942 illustrates the difference between de Valera's imposition of Catholic morality on the new Irish state and the people's mix of life and lore Ansty is in motion dawn to dusk while The Tailor holds court having retired from his trade Their home is a hub of social activity with neighbours and passersby stopping in for tea or porter or some other beverage and to talk world events or local affairs or ancient times The Tailor uses a crutch for his disabled leg his only outdoor duty is standing to the cow which means watching her every move and trying to keep her out of the vegetable patch The entire story would make a very engaging and entertaining stage play The audience would be exhausted by the sweeping and bantering and exclaiming


  2. Maeve Maeve says:

    Absolutely loved this book two people near the end of their lives who had preserved the 'innocence the zest the wonder' It transported me to a time and place in rural Ireland would loved to have sat in their cottage and soaked in their wit and wisdom to uote Eric Cross whose recording of their lives is exuisite in my opinion 'we are shown had we eyes to see that against a backdrop of poverty of severe physical handicap and pain that life could be and was lived with an enormous appetite gusto gaiety courage and a certainty which made hay of the various religions philosophical and political labels with which we buttress ourselves against the real in our individual lives page 219 these two together created a little magic for me


  3. Mary Crawford Mary Crawford says:

    Eric Cross had this book first published in 1942 and it was banned for being indecentindecent insofar as it is suggestive of or inciting to sexual immorality or unnatural vice or likely in any similar way to corrupt or deprave This of course now makes it very appealing to read The Tailor and Ansty are an elderly couple living in West Cork when Eric meets them Their house is the centre of conversation story telling gossip and sessions The Tailor and Ansty are both bilingual Eric visits regularly as does Frank O'Connor and the stories in the book are the reminiscences of the Tailor Ansty and their friends The atmospheric writing means you feel you are sitting beside them of a night yarning away You want to be there listening to the banter often caustic between the couple as well as sitting out in the field with the Tailor watching the Cow This is Irish story telling at its best the truth made better by the embellishments and worldly wisdoms thrown in The Tailor had two mottos for which he was famous The world is only a blue bag Knock a sueeze out of it when you can And Glac bog an saol agus glacfaidh an saol bog tú take the world fine and aisy and the world will take you fine and aisy


  4. Gail Gail says:

    Amazing storytelling Can’t figure out why it was banned in Ireland when it came out


  5. Dei Mur Dei Mur says:

    Clasur The world is only a blue bag Knock a sueeze out of it when you can Classic


  6. Brian O& Brian O& says:

    I first came across a copy of The Tailor and Ansty in a house in Bath about 25 years ago discarded on the floor of the basement with some old magazines and other rubbish To be honest I was a bit surprised to find that particular Irish book there Over the years I’d heard many references to it but never fully in context so although familiar with the title I actually had no idea what it was aboutThe first thing that struck me was the easy readability Eric Cross has a lovely nonchalant style that makes it a real pleasure to read from the very first page “In the townland of Garrnapeaka in the district of Inchigeela in the parish of Iveleary in the barony of West Muskerry in the county of Cork in the province of Munster” – as he magnilouently styles his address lives the TailorHis small whitewashed cottage with its acre of ground stands at the brow of a hill at the side of a road which winds and climbs into a deep glen of the mountains bordering Cork and Kerry If you don’t know much about the story it really is very simple and concerns Eric Cross’ record of his real life interactions with two elderly individuals Timothy Buckley the laid back and talkative Tailor and his ever nagging wife Anastasia Ansty in 1940’s Gougane Barra West CorkThe book is gently humorous very funny at times and gives a beautiful insight into the lives of people in rural Ireland at a time when there was no entertainment apart from shaggy stories and philosophical musings Mostly the book concerns the Tailor’s amusingly erudite – if unscholarly – ramblings and various interactions between the couple and their friends and neighbours and their almost obsessive care of their single cow Because of their age the Tailor and Ansty were uite elderly and retired at the time Eric Cross knew them both were very much set in their ways and after over forty years of living together had a polished routine of abuse and affection that comes through in the book If you’re looking for action and high drama you won’t find it here but you'll not find a better antidote to modern life eitherThirty years later I still have the original copy I found on the floor of that basement in Bath and it remains one of my favourite books to this day


  7. Teresa Mills-clark Teresa Mills-clark says:

    I bought this book at the Inn we stayed at in Gougane Barra where the author lived for a number of years and where the Tailor and Ansty are buried I even visited the cemetery but that was before I knew to look for their graves Having spent a blink of an eye in Cork I could well envision the setting and characters And could hear the characters telling shtories Makes me yearn for the individuality of my grandparents' generation when contrasted with today's homogeneity


  8. Patrick Patrick says:

    Absolute classic I loved the two main characters How this was originally banned is beyond belief


  9. Rachel Mccarthy Rachel Mccarthy says:

    Loved it great for anyone that wants to about rural Ireland The main characters reminded me of my grandparents so much


  10. Meg Meg says:

    This book will make you smile


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