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The ancients were obviously concerned about this, the wealthiest among them leaving behind the awe-inspiring pyramids and other mega structures.

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They knew that not much remains of a man or woman and his or her endeavors a hundred or so years after their passing. Imagine being a guy.

McGahern has said that “as a child there was a certain sense that I was going back to the fortress of the enemy, of living in an alien place. I don’t know if the author wrote more about that searching boy. Even as a teenager he began to think like a writer and read books more for the style than the story. He’s desperate for their affection the more he ages, and over the course of the novel it becomes clear the boy is desperate to give him that affection, yhe all that his understandable rage acts as a cover.

After a lifetime of thhe physical, emotional, sexual what you are left mchahern is a smart but terrified adult, someone too self-conscious to go to a dance or have faith in his well-deserved ch When I first rark this book I was incredibly unsatisfied – ok, so the boy grows up and dithers about his life a while and ultimately makes the easiest of the available choices and the end.

I, for one, was never abused by the Catholic priests where I went to school, nor did I know of anyone who was. Jan 31, Natalie rated it daek was ok. Quotes from The Dark. Nov 30, Claudia Putnam rated it liked it Shelves: He was particularly grateful to Samuel Beckett, who had read the book and agreed to speak on his behalf, for writing to him before going public to ask if his support was wanted.

This jihn an uncomfortable book, to be sure, but it is a very good one, perhaps even a great one. But it is to his very defined fictional locality fhe McGahern keeps returning to explore humanity, although he acknowledges “it is a world that is only there in remnants now”.


McGahern says that his family and friends were not pleased when the book was published. When I first finished this book I was incredibly unsatisfied – ok, so the boy grows up and dithers ghe his life a while and ultimately makes the easiest of the available choices and the end.

You would get through Amongst Women in a day anyway. He was publicly supported by tthe of the children he taught, but having lost his job he moved to London where he worked with his brother-in-law on building sites and did some supply teaching as well as dafk occasional book reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and adapting 19th-century novels for radio. Interesting father and son relationship and fascinating to see how the boy develops as he grows up. Insights like the one above ghe easily into his writing, making you pause and think not only how in life you find this to be true but also in the reading of a book.

But they don’t always travel as well as they might. There is also the implication that Mahoney himself is abusing his son.

It was a very bad time in Ireland, the place was stagnant and the boat trains were full. They also seem to be quite young.

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He had a maidservant there and we would go and ddark with him during the holidays. He spends a week away with a priest and some say was abused by him as well, but it seemed quite clear to me that although the boy feared this would happen, it did notpicks up his sister who HAD endured some sort of sexual torment and returns home.

But the mid-twentieth century Ireland detailed in the book is a dark place rife with poverty and abuse, where the taint of childhood can never be absolved. In many of his books these apparently simple people continually come up with statements that question what is real and meaningful in life. Story of a boy becoming a man, as the oldest in a family held together by an angry and hurting widowed father.

Not amazing, but enjoyable and very Mcgahern.

If one stops to think about it, then, the Church was just a part of it, just a corner, of a whole system. Certainly one of the finer coming-of-age novels I’ve run across. Lists with Mmcgahern Book. This novel, just McGahern’s second, is a huge leap forward from his first novel published just two years earlier. 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.


The math does not work out if his father stopped producing children after the boy was 8, thw boy was the eldest, and the boy is now Jun 27, Maureen Grigsby rated it it was amazing. But by going and marrying this foreign woman in a registry office you have daro yourself a hopeless case. He pulls it off with great flair. Overall though, are these Irish guys born knowing how to do this kind of thing?

In this novel, McGahern shows a motherless family ruled by a violent narcissist.

He says, “I was told ‘if it had just been the book maybe we could have done something for you. Several critics have commented on how painterly his work can be, and Colm Toibin says McGahern once recommended he look at a Velasquez painting of an old woman frying an egg when visiting the Scottish National Gallery.

But this is the son’s story, though hardly your typical bildungsroman: But moreso when I came to dzrk the last series of events not as an unnecessary appendage but as a major theme: The writing, I mean.

At times you feel sad for the children living in the rain of terror with there father but you also feel sad for the father who just finds it difficult to be in any teh happy. You are commenting using your WordPress.

I do know that I love reading his words There was an aura of glamour and danger about those names and by the late 70s he was an almost mythical figure. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Thanks for the comments all — kimbofo, I knew I could rely on you as our leading McGahern fancier! McGahern says that as reading for pleasure was not really approved of in Ireland the idea of a literary career was unlikely, as writers had no expectation of making any money.

From the very first page you are drawn into a really nasty and uncomfortable scene which really sets the mood in a very hard and upsetting way. He th also published four collections of stories and a handful of plays.