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"I love this thing - a very funny 1946 novel about an Irish monk stumbling through a parade of supernatural adventures. If I wasn't doing Hellboy I think I'd be very happy spending a couple years drawing an adaptation of this."

- Mike Mignola


"Irish novelists of the last century generally eschewed outright fantasy, with the honourable exceptions of Flann O’Brien’s wilder flights of fancy, and the neglected work of comic genius that is Mervyn Wall’s The Unfortunate Fursey."

- John Connolly


"The Fursey books are essentially freewheeling fantasy with satirical understones . . . Wall writes with elegance and the occasional poetic flourish; his world has its rules, but they are not the rules, as we conceive them, of our modern world."

- Reggie Oliver, Wormwood


"This is a book that should be far more widely cherished . . . an extremely readable, entertaining and pertinent novel."

- Elske Rahill, Dublin Inquirer


"If [The Unfortunate Fursey] had been in some mass edition in the United States, either the Ballantine series or maybe those wonderful Dover books edited by E.F. Bleiler, think of how much different the history of the fantasy field would be."

- Darrell Schweitzer, The Green Book 6


"For anyone who doesn’t know Fursey, this opportunity to do so is not to be missed."

- George O'Brien, Dublin Book Review


"Wall belongs on the same shelf as Flann O'Brien, the highest compliment this reviewer confesr on any writer. Where the great Flann went in for belly laughs, Wall's is more moredant, blacker humour."

- Frank O'Shea, The Irish Echo (Australia)


"A remarkably skillful bit of storytelling."

- Francis MacManus


"The best thing that has come out of this country since James Stephens published The Crock of Gold."

- An Irishman’s Diary


"Wildly fantastic, intensely satirical, and wickedly comic."

- The Irish Times


"The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey are not quaint esoterica for the specialist, folks, they are living masterpieces. They haven't dated slightly and are as fresh and as powerful as when they were first written."

- Darrell Schweitzer, Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction


"The Unfortunate Fursey . . . deserves a niche all to itself in modern Irish literature . . . the satire rides on such a tide of rare good humour that only the irretrievably sanctimonious will take offense."

- The Irish Independent


"A landmark book in the history of fantasy . . . The style is barbedly witty, amusing insights are plentiful, and an endless profusion of delicious characters awaits the reader. But the reader must not be offended by satire against Church and State."

- E.F. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction


"The Unfortunate Fursey is a book whose savage indictments are conveyed by a sweet sunniness. It will probably always be everybody’s favorite Wall novel. The Return of Fursey shows no lessening at all in Wall’s quality of imagination . . . . as with the best of Charlie Chaplin, or of Anton Chekhov or O’Casey, the laughter is very akin to high art."

- Robert Hogan, Supernatural Fiction Writers


"The Unfortunate Fursey [is] a comic masterpiece . . . Mervyn Wall has created an irresistible blend of satire, comedy, and fantasy."

- The Anglo-Celt


"In fact, The Unfortunate Fursey and its 1948 sequel, The Return of Fursey, have been called the Irish equivalent to T.H. White’s The Once and Future King . . . . If you enjoy the dry, ironic humour of John Collier, Roald Dahl, Saki, or Jack Vance (and you should), you will like Fursey."

- Michael Dirda, Essays and Literary Entertainments


"Mr. Wall’s power of ingenious and witty invention is equal to the imaginative task which he has set himself . . . . [he] has given us in the character of the humble Fursey a symbolic figure. Simple, affectionate, somewhat stupid, fearful of all that comes from thought or experience of life, anxious only to regain the safety of mental obedience and blissful ignorance."

- Austin Clarke




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