The Butchers  Blessing
  • Publisher : Tin House Books
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • ISBN : 1947793780
  • Page : 103 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 103 voters
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Get a book entitled The Butchers Blessing, was written by Ruth Gilligan and published by Tin House Books. This book was released on 10 November 2020 with total pages 103. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form The Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter. The Butchers' Blessing moves between the events of 19996 and the present, offering a simmering glimpse into the modern tensions that surround these eight fabled men. For Úna, being a Butcher's daughter means a life of tangled ambition and incredible loneliness. For her mother Grá, it's a life of faith and longing, of performing a promise that she may or may not be able to keep. For non-believer Fionn, The Butchers represent a dated and complicated reality, though for his son Davey, they represent an entirely new world--and potentially new love. For photographer Ronan, The Butchers are ideal subjects: representatives of an older, more folkloric Ireland whose survival is now being tested. As he moves through the countryside, Ronan captures this world image by image--a lake, a cottage, and his most striking photo: a single butcher, hung upside-down in a pose of unspeakable violence.