Books: Man of Aran

THE STORIES OF LIAM O'FLAHERTY (419 pp.)—Devin-Adair ($5).

In the unsmiling Irish eyes of Liam O'Flaherty, man's fate is as harsh as that of the beasts which he kills in his dependence on them for life. And man's fate is no less tragic for not being understood.

O'Flaherty, now 59, is best known in the U.S. for The Informer, a novel of "The Troubles," which inspired one of the greatest films ever made. Perhaps for the good reason that no Irishman, however eloquent, can have any confidence that he will not be interrupted by another eloquent Irishman, Irish writers are at their best...