The Dark [John McGahern] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Dark, widely acclaimed, yet infamously banned, is John McGahern’s. John McGahern (in the September, issue of The Honest Ulsterman is, clearly, the indicated the sombre nature of the writer’s vision, the dark conditions of. the fate of the gifted young writer John McGahern, whose novel The Dark was i. For McGahern’s own opinions on the ban and a detailed background of his case, .

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This is probably the most intense and sad book I ever read.

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Oh, for mentioning that priests-to-be masturbated a lot. In many of his books these apparently simple people continually come up with statements that question what is real and meaningful in life. One of the interesting things about this book, as others have said, is the way he shifts POV from 3rd to 1st to 2nd, whil It KILLS me not to be able to give this 5 mcgahhern.

Layered on top of this is this abuse of his sister at the hands of an employer and the uncertain intentions of a local priest. But it is absolutely brilliant!!!!!

He removed my book from the library and when she heard she told him that until he put it back he could buy his cigarettes somewhere else. I read Amongst Women yesterday and it was every bit as good as the three of you suggested hohn thanks for putting me on to it or, more accurately, overcoming the prejudices that badly written jacket copy had spawned.

Its a neat trick well played. It was like the tradition of the Gaelic poets, who were paid money to write in derision about people. I thought his removal from the Irish education system was due to the fact he married in a registry office rather than the expected church wedding mcgzhern was almost mandatory at the time. Remember Joyce and Beckett being forced overseas? But the celebration of wonder and of love in the face of fear and terror, the beauty in simple things, become his central preoccupation.


The Dark, McGahern’s second novel, is a fascinating portrait of adolescence that deserves far, far wider appreciation than it seems to have ever received.

The Dark or The Barracks? McGahern isn’t as well known outside Ireland as he should be. But that is what I wanted for him, not I recently discovered the 20th century Irish writer John McGahern and was so stunned by the beauty of his writing that I sometimes stopped and read things over and over.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Later the book concludes with father and son sharing a bed in a mcgwhern house when the father visits after the son has grown up and gone away to college. The Dark by John McGahern.

A local butcher offered me money to put in my next book a portrayal of a customer he didn’t like that would make him ashamed to show his face in the town. Notify me of new comments via email. The trade unions always looked to Britain for help, but the political organisations, like Sinn Fein, always turned to America.

But McGahern knows this character well from his own childhood so perhaps I’m asking too much.

Oprah couldn’t not love this book. McGahern agreed that the situation was indeed absurd, and says that even as an adolescent reader he had nothing but contempt for the censorship board.

And another thing I admired: While the book is broadly a communal portrait, one of dadk most important animating themes arises from those characters who have for various reasons worked over the water in England. Truly an interesting book and also an intriguing contrast to the Marilynne Robinson books and discussion going on elsewhere in this blog. 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 way happy.

But then these individuals began to merge more into group portraits. Priests are meant to abandon dadk for life-in-death but in The Dark it is inferred that they are involved in sexual abuse.

I suppose I should have read his Memoir by now, which I do have. In fact there were thousands of little countries making up Ireland where personal relationships were more important than the law, and even edicts of the church were given only lip service. They’ve become more pets than anything tje.


Want to Read saving…. And yet it would be a mistake to fixate only on the dark sexual and religious undertones here. McGahern’s second novel ‘The Dark’ was banned in Ireland for its alleged pornographic content and implied clerical sexual abuse. It is the rurality that is important with a Catholic background.

He says over half the people mvgahern was at school with went to England, including more than half of his immediate family. If one stops to think about it, then, the Church was just a part of it, just a corner, of a whole system. He had something he wanted to leave, but never, really, was there a dream drawing him on. You are commenting using your WordPress. It’s a very typical Irish village way of behaving and John is essentially a country man.

You can’t help but be moved by his sense of humanity in these characters. Its written in a powerful, unrelenting style, mostly in the second person which gives it an immediacy and intimacy. Glad to have been co-instrumental in your epiphany, Kevin.

In that time, the children in the home have multiplied to untold numbers. Overall though, fhe these Irish guys born knowing how to do this kind of thing?

Ireland’s rural elegist

Jul 17, Mikayla rated it it was ok. In a very short but economical space McGahern masterfully handles the themes of religion, sexuality, education, and jhn importantly, the relationship between a father and son. Jan 23, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel is now an Daark classic, and for good reason. Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: One also gets a sense of the inner turmoil, conflicts and contradictions within the father himself and how these visit themselves on the protagonist.