Sunset on the Window-Panes

Walter Macken

08 May 2014
286 pages


Careless of the hurts he inflicts along the way, Bart O'Breen walks his own road, as proud as the devil and as lonely as hell.

In the Galway village of Boola, Bart O'Breen is a strong wilful young man who leaves trouble and harm in his wake. As always in a novel by Walter Macken, there is a host of memorable secondary characters, and an unfailing accuracy and warmth in the depiction of the life of the "plain people" of the west of Ireland. One of Walter Macken's finest novels, Sunset on the Window-Panes is a moving and memorable story of Irish life.

In his company, to use a fine phrase of Yeats, brightness falls from the air.