The unfortunate Fursey.

by Mervyn Wall

Publisher: Helicon in Dublin

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First published 1946.

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Open LibraryOL16916873M

The book first appeared in (it is dedicated, incidentally, to Denis Devlin, one of Wall's many gifted contemporaries in UCD) and Wall added a sequel, The Return of Fursey. Though the book is. "For anyone who doesn't know Fursey, this opportunity to do so is not to be missed." - George O'Brien, Dublin Book Review "The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey are not quaint esoterica for the specialist, folks, they are living masterpieces. They haven't dated slightly and are as fresh and as powerful as when they were first written. Set in 11th century Ireland, where demonic forces have launched an assault on the monastery of Clonmacnoise, The Unfortunate Fursey was originally published in The sequel The Return of Fursey followed in Written by Irish writer Mervyn Wall, they were praised as “landmark book in the history of fantasy,” by Year’s Best SF. Saint Fursey (also known as Fursa, Fursy, Forseus, and Furseus: died ) was an Irish monk who did much to establish Christianity throughout the British Isles and particularly in East reportedly experienced angelic visions of the afterlife. Fursey is one of the Four Comely SaintsVenerated in: Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox .

“For anyone who doesn’t know Fursey, this opportunity to do so is not to be missed.” - George O'Brien, Dublin Book Review “The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey are not quaint esoterica for the specialist, folks, they are living : Valancourt Books. Hailed by critic E. F. Bleiler as a "landmark book in the history of fantasy," Mervyn Wall's classic The Unfortunate Fursey () is set in 10th century Ireland, where the forces of evil have launched an assault on the monastery of Clonmacnoise. Their task is made easier by the fact that one hapless monk, the simple-minded Brother Fursey, cannot manage to pronounce the necessary words of. Click to read more about The Return of Fursey by Mervyn Wall. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers/5.

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The Devil himself has launched a determined offensive on the sanctified precincts of tenth-century Clonmacnoise-and the unfortunate Brother Fursey becomes his unwitting ally. Expelled from the monastery, Fursey is propelled into a wider world of evil and intrigue, where he must come to The unfortunate Fursey.

book with his new life as an unwitting, ineffectual and persecuted by: 1. Fursey is one of the earliest and most unlikely heroes but utterly sympathetic. He is a victim of a series of most unfortunate events which give rise to a novel as funny now /5. Hailed by critic E.

Bleiler as a “landmark book in the history of fantasy,” Mervyn Wall’s classic The Unfortunate Fursey () is set in 11th century Ireland, where the forces of evil have launched an assault on the monastery of Clonmacnoise. Their task is made easier by the fact that one hapless monk, the simple-minded Brother Fursey, cannot manage to pronounce the necessary words of exorcism/5(8).

When the other monks discover this, the unfortunate Fursey is expelled and sets forth on the first stage of his travels, accompanied by a fantastic procession of cacodemons, hippogriffs, imps, furies, and other dreadful creatures, not to mention the elegant gentleman in black who is their commander-in-chief/5(8).

When the other monks discover this, the unfortunate Fursey is expelled and sets forth on the first stage of his travels, accompanied by a fantastic procession of cacodemons, hippogriffs, imps, furies, and other dreadful creatures, not to mention the elegant gentleman in black who is their commander-in-chief.

Mervyn Wall has 11 books on Goodreads with ratings. Mervyn Wall’s most popular book is The Unfortunate Fursey. A fine satire in which the Devil selects a tenth century Irish monk as his "bridgehead." "A landmark book in the history of fantasy." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural The unfortunate Fursey.

book "Various haunters plaguing an Irish monastery attach themselves to a luckless lay brother, Book Edition: First Edition. The Unfortunate Fursey is another casualty of Ireland’s traditional consumption of its furrow. It has become a book more likely seen on the reading lists of American universities than the bookshelves of Ireland’s homes.

Reviewed in the Irish Times as "wildly fantastic, intensely satirical, and wickedly comic" and described by critic E.F. Bleiler as a "landmark book in the history of fantasy", Mervyn Wall's The Unfortunate Fursey remains a classic of modern Irish literature.

Mervyn Wall () was born in Dublin. By the ’40s, when Wall wrote The Unfortunate Fursey, independence had, in theory, removed many of the driving forces for both these traditions – but the dominant role of the Catholic Church in Irish society, coupled with the remaining problem of partition and the national question, meant that writers like Wall and O’Brien still had plenty.

Though he published a number of novels, short stories, and plays, Wall is best remembered for his two comic fantasies centering on the medieval monk Fursey, which have been republished several times and praised by critics such as E.

Bleiler and Darrell Schweitzer. Wall died in /5. With a jacket that would place this book among those of the Thorne Smith genre the bookseller is going to miss out on that rather limited market that might possibly find this story of the dark ages in Ireland when everyone (?) believed in witches and warlocks and possession by evil spirits.

The abbot who expels poor lay brother Fursey because of his spirit companions sums it up: ""In Ireland. Originally published as two novels in andThe Complete Fursey comprises The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey.

They are a blend of satire, comedy and fantasy set in the 10th century where Fursey encounters sorcery, /5(66). Buy The Unfortunate Fursey by Mervyn Wall online at Alibris. We have new and used copies available, in 1 editions - starting at $ Shop Range: $ - $ Originally published as two novels in and"The Complete Fursey" comprises "The Unfortunate Fursey" and "The Return of Fursey".

They are a blend of satire, comedy and fantasy set in the 10th century where Fursey encounters sorcery, demons, witches, Vikings and the wealthy Festus Wisenuts/5(9). COVID Resources. Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel).Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this ’s WebJunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus.

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Editions for The Unfortunate Fursey: (Unknown Binding published in ), (Paperback published in ), (Hardcover published in ), (Kindl Cited by: 1. Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Wall, Mervyn, Unfortunate Fursey.

New York, Crown publishers [] (OCoLC) The Unfortunate Fursey. Introduction by Michael Dirda Cover image by Jesse Campbell-Brown "In Ireland anything may happen to anyone anywhere and at any time, and it usually does." - Abbot Marcus The forces of evil have launched a determined offensive on the sanctified precincts of Clonmacnoise, and gain a bridgehead in the cell of Brother Fursey.

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SNT. Topics The Unfortunate Fursey By Mervyn Wall, SNT. Adapted by Christina Reid. Satan invades a medieval monastery, he wants the one soul he can't have - Fursey's. Although our edition is now out of print, we did a companion volume of the sequel, The Return of Fursey, which is just as raucous a read as The Unfortunate Fursey.

If you’re interested though, we just recently published an edition of Wall’s sole short story collection, A Flutter of Wings. Hailed by critic E. Bleiler as a "landmark book in the history of fantasy," Mervyn Wall's classic The Unfortunate Fursey () is set in 11th century Ireland, where the forces of evil have launched an assault on the monastery of Clonmacnoise.

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Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Unfortunate Fursey at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users/5. Bleiler in The Guide to Supernatural Fiction described The Unfortunate Fursey as "a landmark book in the history of fantasy".

Darrell Schweitzer described Wall as "one of the finest comic fantasists ever, but also one of the most neglected.". Originally published as two novels in andThe Complete Fursey comprises The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey.

They are a blend of satire, comedy and fantasy set in the 10th century where Fursey encounters sorcery, demons, witches, Vikings and the wealthy Festus Wisenuts/5(1). Hailed by critic E. Bleiler as a "landmark book in the history of fantasy," Mervyn Wall's classic The Unfortunate Fursey () is set in 10th century Ireland, where the forces of evil have launched an assault on the monastery of Clonmacnoise.

“For anyone who doesn’t know Fursey, this opportunity to do so is not to be missed.” - George O'Brien, Dublin Book Review “The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey are not quaint esoterica for the specialist, folks, they are living masterpieces. They haven't dated slightly and are as fresh and as powerful as when they were first Brand: Valancourt Books.

The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that ranges from general textbooks and specialized accounts of the history and scholarship of fantasy literature, through bibliographies and accounts of the fantasy literature of different nations, to individual author studies and useful websites.

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