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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Veneer of life has changed - but tales of longing ring true

Gerard O'Regan

Published 26/11/2016 | 02:30

William Trevor poses with his novel ‘The Story of Lucy Gault’ in 2002 Picture: PA/Chris Young
William Trevor poses with his novel ‘The Story of Lucy Gault’ in 2002 Picture: PA/Chris Young

'She would marry Bowser Egan because it would be lonesome being by herself in the farmhouse.''

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That lingering last sentence in one of our most evocative short stories came to mind following the death of William Trevor this week.

Trevor was a writer ingeniously adept at capturing the heartache of human longing when forced to battle insuperable odds. In his much lauded 'The Ballroom of Romance', he traverses the agony of a woman who decides she will be willing to accept second best, in her desperate search for a husband.

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