“The Confirmation Suit” by Brendan Behan

by kattomic

“The Confirmation Suit” by Brendan Behan


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What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a story by an Irishman?  Best known as a playwright, Behan was a poet, a novelist, and a short story writer who died young (41) of drink and diabetes. Alcohol was definitely his demon (he once famously said that he was “a drinker who had a writing problem”), but there were other demons as well and fame was one of them. This is a story that almost cries to be read out loud because the rhythm and the words practically sing. There’s a real sense of community in the tale and a sense of place and in the end, when the boy in the confirmation suit is wearing the suit again for quite another occasion, it’s moving. You can read the story here.

See you tomorrow!