Gaff Topsails

Author(s): Patrick Kavanagh

Hardback fiction

Set on the coast of Newfoundland on June 24, 1948, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, Gaff Topsails is the story of many characters. A middle-aged Irish priest, newly arrived from the New Guinea missions, reflects on a failed love affair. Michael Barron, a mute boy-man, has fallen in love and is puzzled and frightened by the way that his life is turning into a dangerous business. His younger brother, Kevin, is terrorized by whispering monsters that pursue him. An adolescent girl-woman invokes the pagan superstitions of Midsummer's Day. A woman spends most of her waking hours seated in a rooftop chair, overlooking the sea, waiting for the return of her fisherman-husband. Old Johnny, the mad lighthouse-keeper, remains haunted by a horrifying experience years earlier when his deceit saved others from a terrible death. In the midst of the twentieth century, the spirit of an Irish castaway, dead five hundred years, survives within every soul in Gaff Topsails.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780241137840
  • : Hamish Hamilton
  • : Hamish Hamilton
  • : 0.649
  • : February 1998
  • : ---length:- '22'width:- '14'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patrick Kavanagh
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 428