Jim OHallorans stories are moving and authentic. He writes out of his own experience, which is rich and deep. He writes with a shrewd eye and an accurate ear, catching and holding the readers attention with some startlingly precise images and with dialogue so natural and accurate the reader feels at times as if he were eavesdropping on the characters of these tales.
Some of these stories have the conciseness and universality of parables. They do not moralise; but by being deeply and personally imaginative they make the rader think about the strange recesses of his own moral nature.
from the foreword by Brendan Kennelly
A collection of 62 new stories and anecdotes by one of Columbas most popular and prolific authors.
James OHalloran is a Salesian priest who has worked with small Christian communities and Christian youth groups for thirty-five years as member, co-ordinator and promoter. This mission he has carried out worldwide , with a predilection for Africa and Latin America , from the halls of universities to parishes and far-flung mission stations. He is entered in a number of biographical volumes, notably. in the Dedication section of the American Biographical Institutes Great Minds of the 21st Century a publication limited to 1,000 biographees.
James O'Halloran is a Salesian who has worked with communities for forty years as member, coordinator and promoter. This mission he has carried out worldwide from the halls of universities to cities, rural villages and far-flung mission stations. Twenty of the forty years were spent between Africa and Latin America. At the moment he is based in Ireland where he is involved in a project for homeless young people and helps in a Dublin inner city parish.
OHalloran writes these short stories with a shrewd eye and accurate ear, catching and holding the readers attention with some startlingly precise images and with dialogue so natural and accurate the reader feels at times as if he were eavesdropping on the characters of these tales ... a skilled collection by a gifted writer.
- Brendan Kennelly, Trinity College, Dublin.
`Highlights a variety of issues at the core of justice and peace in an easy, attractive way that immediately engages the sympathy of the reader ... the language is simple and beautiful, the stories very moving The volume is warm and human, based on a life at the front line.
- Alo Donnelly, Executive Director, Concern Universal