Books: The Irish Are People

MORE STORIES (385 pp. — Frank O'Connor — Knopf ($5).

One great trouble with the great Irish writers is that they make Irishmen seem like nobody else at all. That, as James Joyce, Sean O'Casey and a dozen others have proved, is fine up to a point, but sooner or later even the most sympathetic reader gets tired of a literary chosen people. Short Story Writer Frank O'Connor has a nice way of making his people look, feel and sound like anyone else. Any reader might find himself saying: there but for lack of poteen, a certain uneasiness about sex and a...

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