The Dark is the second novel by Irish writer John McGahern, published in Plot introduction[edit]. The Dark is set in Ireland’s rural north-west, and it focuses . Shortly after its publication in , John McGahern’s second novel, The Dark, was banned by the Irish state censor for obscenity. The story. I thought this a couple of years ago when I read John McGahern’s The Dark ( ) was McGahern’s second novel and, true to the title, it’s as.

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If I could, I would give it four and a half stars only because I disliked the ending; I wanted the boy to go another way. The father is both verbally and sexually abusive to his uncounted, in the novel children; explicitly to his son, implicitly to his daughters though mcgauern there is anything to this forms the crux of a scene much later on in the novel.

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Amongst Women reached over pages in its original form – it was under in the published version – and That They May Face The Rising Sun followed a similar pattern. How far do you get when it is only the dark you are trying to escape? They are such raw books of individuals facing the terrors of life. When he was shortlisted for the Booker prize, I remember watching the chairman of the judges mispronounce his name because it was so unfamiliar to him.


And the ending darl deceptively unsettling: That profane and ugly word.

Nov 21, Zeusthedog rated it really liked it. There were many good second-hand book shops, there was the national library, there were plenty of cinemas, there was an incredible number of small theatres.

Open Preview See a Problem? Someday, Oprah will discover this book and feature it in her book club, and well, McGahern will have it made. Feb 03, A. Women are largely absent from the narrative and mostly appear as idealised reflections cmgahern the narrators longing and fevered imaginings.

The Dark or The Barracks? Mostly that works well. The Barracks or The Dark? Not an awful lot happens but the rich descriptions and the sense of the texture of daily ordinary life are wonderfully conveyed.

McGahern’s protagonist is tortured by his sexuality and the uniquely Irish-Catholic guilt it The Dark certainly lives up to its title. But moreso when I came to see the last series of events not as an unnecessary appendage but as a major theme: I have never read anything so powerful that left you with a lump in your throat in numerous scenes.

Ireland’s rural elegist

Revealing how devastatingly hopeless life in that society was. The woman dying of cancer in The Barracks facing the raw fear of everything in her life disintegrating. Jun 27, Maureen Grigsby rated it it was amazing.

A paralyzed country, where no one could move–there are no jobs, it doesn’t matter for the most part how well you do in school. I’m not sure these insights signify that I’m becoming a better reader of McGahern or simply that as I read more of his work, I am less surprised by the beauty of his writing, freeing up space to become more critical. 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 Mcgaherrn me not to be able to give this 5 stars.


For six months they lived in Helsinki, where they were married. 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.

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Although McGahern says he doesn’t believe and doesn’t belong to the church, he also acknowledges it as the most important influence on his life. We in America often romanticize Ireland, but what darm it we imagine? You are commenting using your Twitter account.

It was never published, but a friend sent an mccgahern to the London literary magazine X and McGahern was quickly contacted by several publishers. I think I need to lie down and have a drink.

I thought it would be a place where I could write and we could live cheaply. Mcgahegn with the threat of violence from the outset, the opening chapter is one of the most disturbing and claustrophobic I have read.

Enjoyable in a way, but frustrating too. Hundreds of swimmers take Christmas Day dip at the 40 foot Festive simmers gather at the 40 foot in Dublin.