The Butcher's Blessing by Ruth Gilligan audiobook

The Butcher's Blessing

By Ruth Gilligan
Read by Heather O'Neill  and John Keating

Recorded Books, Inc., Recorded Books Inc. 9781947793781

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781705003572

  • ISBN: 9781705012956

Runtime: 9.14 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A murder on the Irish border; an ancient folk tradition dying out. The Butchers Blessing is a novel about families and farmers; about mythic rituals and mad cows; about the stories we leave behind and the ones we cling to, no matter the cost. Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form the Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter. The Butchers Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions that surround these eight fabled men. For Úna, being a Butchers daughter means a life of tangled ambition and incredible loneliness. For her mother, Grá, its a life of faith and longing, of performing a promise that she may or may not be able to keep. For nonbeliever Fionn, the Butchers represent a dated and complicated reality, though for his son, Davey, they represent an entirely new world?and potentially new love. For photographer Ronan, the Butchers are ideal subjects: representatives of an older, more folkloric Ireland whose survival is now being tested. As he moves through the countryside, Ronan captures this world image by image?a lake, a cottage, and his most striking photo: a single Butcher, hung upside down in a pose of unspeakable violence.

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Author Bio: Ruth Gilligan

Author Bio: Ruth Gilligan

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Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English