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The Albany Cycle Book One by William Kennedy - 0743221028

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The Albany Cycle Book One


William Kennedy



Date Published:

2002 - First Edition



Condition description:

Paperback in very good condition, some very light reading wear otherwise clean and bright. Please allow 3-5 days for delivery within the UK, please contact me for international delivery prices and times. No quibble refund if not entirely satisfied. 


William Kennedy's ALBANY CYCLE is one of the greatest and most enjoyable achievements of post-war American literature. In Albany, New York, William Kennedy has made a crucible to test the American dream. His novels, which range from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, bubble and crack with the energy of Irish immigrants trying to take the main chance in the land of opportunity. Francis Phelan is, alongside 'Legs' Diamond, William Kennedy's greatest character. Ex-ball player, latterly a bum, lush and hardcase, he is central to these three Albany novels: father to the pool shark Billy who struggles with his legacy of violence and self-glorification (BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME); brother to artist Peter whose paintings explore the dark corners of his family history, including Francis's life (VERY OLD BONES); and antihero of Pulitzer Prize winning IRONWEED, in which Phelan returns to Albany at the end of the Depression, roaming the familiar streets with his hobo pal Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and present.

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