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When I was growing up in a provincial town there was nowhere more dreary than Ireland and nothing more dreary than Irish writing.

I recently discovered the 20th century Irish writer John McGahern and was so stunned by the vark of his writing that I sometimes stopped and read things over and over.

Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: I found it interesting that only one of his several children is named Joan. Nov 30, Claudia Putnam rated it liked it Shelves: He couldn’t have it both ways. I think McGahern’s work has a genuine spiritual quality that reveals dimensions of humanity that are very significant, for all their depictions of the ugliness and tragedy of life. There is no counter to his demands, and the children are almost completely cowed. Disturbing and extremely claustrophobic this isn’t a comfortable read but it’s brilliantly johj with a shifting narrative structure that feels completely uncontrived.

McGahern said he could give them plenty more from all the material he had discarded. The result is an extraordinarily exact mcgaheen stunning in its visual accuracy.

Ireland’s rural elegist

By this time he had married, a fact his teacher trade union general secretary claimed counted against him in his dismissal. And if the boy is trapped mentally then Joan is trapped physically – school isn’t an option for her, so her only choices seem to be living under Mahoney’s thumb or working for and being abused by another family as a servant.


Beautiful but very sad. Someday, Oprah will discover this book and feature it joun her mcgqhern club, and well, McGahern will have it made. Jul 10, Ruth Loizides rated it really liked it. But he recalls that “if you were young with literary interests Dublin was a very lively city. Again I yearned for the absent editor. In the controversy over this he was forced to resign his teaching post.

Paul Brennan, professor of Irish Studies at the Sorbonne, says: Although it wasn’t until and the publication of Amongst Women that McGahern’s name became better known in England, in France he has long been lionised as a great writer.

It’s very stark and bare. In his latest book, a series of set-pieces – such as a swarm of bees attacking a man and the laying out of a body – are captured with astonishing precision.

Indeed security and insecurity are the overriding themes of the novel. Weren’t these joohn glory days of editing still, when editors were making writers the men and women they were?

Although he supported Mary Robinson in her campaign to become president of Ireland, McGahern’s refusal to become directly involved with politics, or buy into what he sees as certain modern Irish myths, has irked some. And yet it would be a mistake to fixate only jhon the dark sexual and religious undertones here. What is to be dreamed of? One also gets a sense of the inner turmoil, conflicts mcgahhern contradictions within the father himself and how these visit themselves on the protagonist.


Like reading an Irish Yates.

Thanks for the information. It’s a good thing McGahern was so talented on his own.

The Dark by John McGahern

He’s trapped no matter what decision he makes. Revealing how devastatingly hopeless life in that society was. All this makes me sound rather lukewarm johj The Darkwhich is not entirely fair. When the BBC dramatised Amongst Women for television they complained that there was not enough sex and violence in the story.

McGahern takes on the daunting task of telling a story with one main character and many different points of view, while keeping all those points of view sympathetic, as if he were telling the story from everyone’s perspectives simultaneously.

In a very short but economical space McGahern masterfully handles the themes of religion, sexuality, education, and most importantly, the relationship between a father and son. Overall though, are these Irish guys born knowing how to do this kind of thing?

After a lifetime of abuse physical, emotional, sexual what you are left with is a smart but terrified adult, someone too self-conscious to go to a dance or have faith in his well-deserved chance at university.

Nov 21, Zeusthedog rated it really liked it. Jul 09, Stephanie rated it it was amazing.

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