At a glance:
- Author: Benedict Kiely
- First Published: 1963
- Type of Plot: Frame story
- Time of Work: 1944
- Setting: Northern Ireland
- Characters: Arthur Broderick, A young Scholar, Patrick, American soldiers
- Genres: Short fiction, Folklore, Frame story
- Subjects: World War II, Storytelling, Heroes or heroism, Soldiers
- Locales: Europe, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Benedict Kiely’s “The Heroes in the Dark House” is both a story of the sudden arrival and disappearance of modern-day heroes and the story of the narrator’s visit with a young admirer who would hear one of his best Irish tales. Its dramatic impact comes from the juxtaposition of the exploits of ancient heroes such as Shawn of Kinsale with those of ordinary American G.I.’s stationed for a time in a Northern Irish village.
The story begins with Arthur Broderick, a collector of stories dealing with heroes, ending his tale about the American soldiers. The...
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