Book summary: The Adventures of Cuffy Mahony

1979 BY HENRY HANDEL RICHARDSON

Cuffy Mahony is one of the great creations of Henry Handel Richardson. While he is not the focus of The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, he is an unforgettable presence towards the end of the trilogy as he struggles with guilt and embarrassment when he walks with his demented father in the town. The short story which gives this collection its title follows Cuffy’s ‘fortunes’ after the death of his father, and it’s an ironic title, hinting at the small adventures of a normal childhood but delivering a very different tale.

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