Books: Irish Jeer

TRAVELLER'S SAMPLES (238 pp.)—Frank O'Connor—Knopf ($2.75).

Few living writers deserve to be called natural storytellers. One of them is a lyrical, explosive, 47-year-old Irishman named Frank O'Connor. His wry, dry tales may seem, at first glance, mere fragmentary sketches. But at a closer look they reveal themselves as prime examples of stories which tell a lot by saying a little.

His latest collection, Traveller's Samples, offers a lively display of O'Connor's line of goods: a readiness to accept and enjoy people in all their frailty, a mocking yet unmalicious mimicry of Irish speech, and a...

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