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Cyprus Avenue

This study guide will help you analyse the text “Cyprus Avenue” by Lucy Caldwell. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.

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Title: “Cyprus Avenue”
Author: Lucy Caldwell
Published in: The Irish Times
Year of Publication: 2016
Genre: Short story

Lucy Caldwell (b. 1981) is an Irish novelist and playwright. She received various literary awards for her plays, novels, and short stories. Several of her works explore issues related to Northern Ireland, where she grew up.

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The title of the short story, “Cyprus Avenue” refers to a street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hinting at part of the setting. Reading the story, Cyprus Avenue becomes an important element related to conflict and plot.

First, we find out that Nirupam “grew up only a few streets away from you, in one of the big houses on Cyprus Avenue”. In other words, the street becomes a point of connection between the main character and Nirupam, helping them build a bond around the fact that they both grew up in the same area.

Later in the story, as Nirupam talks about writing a novel set on the same street, his story triggers the first true memory the main character recalls about her dead sister, Janey:

…a book about a young boy from Delhi growing up in Belfast who rides his bike along Cyprus Avenue. All of a sudden, you will have remembered (...) you watched your big sister race ahead of you, swerving in and out of view between the trees on Cyprus Avenue. 

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