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Stories I Told Myself Paperback – January 5, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: good words right order (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578044463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578044460
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,576,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Were you ever fortunate enough to spend an evening in a pub listening to the old guy with a backlog of stories as bottomless as his appetite for Guinness? Relive, or enjoy for the first time, that experience with Patrick E McLean's "Stories I Told Myself". These are tales as rich, lovingly related and "true" as any ever told by candlelight, hearth or drink.

It is clear that Mr. McLean crafts stories with a care for the reader. He may have something he wants to say, but it seems to me he really has something he wants you to hear. He chooses words, sculpts phrases and molds characters for the enjoyment of the reader. This is a book written by someone clearly in love with the English language and storytelling, if not actual spelling and punctuation.

You will find yourself looking for someone to have the same experience that you do. These are stories to enjoy, to share and to revisit. I originally heard them in Mr. McLean's own voice on 'The Seanachai' with my wife and kids. His stories are still a touchstone for us. His cadence and smooth voice are still in my head as I re-read Candy, Bright-lights and Driver's Re-Education.

Slainte!
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I found Mr. McLean by accident. I had googled the words "Irish" and "Storytelling" and just "found" his site. I loved his story podcasts. He has a great storytelling style. Then saw I could buy his book. I already listened to all the stories in the book when I bought it, but I bought it anyway because
1) I want the script for the stories so I can rip off parts for my own stories
2) I wanted to help financially support Mr. McLean so he can keep doing what he does.
Greg
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He can tell a story. I got hooked on his Edwin Windsor series, but have branched out to all of his work. Patrick tells stories the way I try to tell stories, and I keep saying, "Wow. I wish I'd written that."

If you like short stories of all kinds, this collection is for you.
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I love seeing how writers (good ones, at least) mold language in new and creative ways. The best I have read thus far is Mark Twain. Although I won't compare Mr. McLean with Mr. Clemens, I did get great enjoyment out of his mastery of the English language. His ideas are creative and offbeat, and his characters, though absurd, can be identified with. I have checked out his online material and look forward to reading more of his work.
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