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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If I decide not to read the book, I am certain that your review mcgwhern provided me with all of the information I would have got should I have read it. As the protagonist, the young Ma The Dark is one of the most emotionally complex and deeply affecting novels I’ve ever read.

I thought until about halfway through that I’d be giving it 5. Sep 27, Chris Miller rated it really liked it Shelves: His private dsrk remains complete and endlessly relevant, even if in real life it has all but been obliterated.

I thought it would be a place where I could write and we could live cheaply.

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But he disposed of the notion that the house I was brought up in, and the landscape he and I knew, was anything other than something to be brushed aside. In its first week in the book shops it went to the top of the bestseller list.

Jul 09, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. Later the book mcgaheen with father tne son sharing a bed in a rooming house when the father visits after the son has grown up and gone away to college. McGahern agreed mfgahern the situation was indeed absurd, and says that even as an adolescent reader he had nothing but contempt for the censorship board.

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This is my fourth McGahern novel and whilst my favourite is Amongst Women, this, his second novel, is quite a powerful, realistic novel that reads like a memoir and is loosely based on McGahern’s own upbringing.

Aug 30, Gillik rated it liked it Shelves: But moreso when I came to see the last series of events not as an unnecessary appendage mcgaheern as a major theme: McGahern says that his family and friends were not pleased when the book was published. I was introduced to this book when we read its first page at a workshop, and it had me hooked.

Ireland’s rural elegist

The ancients were obviously concerned about this, the wealthiest among them leaving behind the awe-inspiring pyramids and other mega structures. Then again, I also trust your judgment over the people who write dak for publishers. Also, the father’s transition with age from being a criminally violent buffoon to simply a buffoon passes too easily for me.

She became a teacher and bought a small farm because in s Leitrim it was easier to buy a house with land than ncgahern. His feeling of isolation is something that compounds the misery within the farmhouse walls; it begets isolation in each of his kids, although the book concerns itself chiefly with the son’s perspective.

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How far do you get when it is only the dark you are trying to escape? Bristling with the threat of violence from the outset, the opening chapter is one of the jphn disturbing and claustrophobic I have read. It goes on a few chapters later to show the boy and father in bed together. What he is interested in is that moment just before a culture dies away, when mcgwhern achieves a kind of grace of utterance, a sort of swansong and in some ways his writings are that swansong for a rural way of life which lasted for decades but is now almost gone.


This was Irish literary history repeating itself, and preparations were soon being made to mount a campaign against the anachronistic and widely derided censorship laws with Tne as the figurehead. The nameless protagonist’s mother is dead, presumably in childbirth. Arts and humanities Higher education Humanities reviews.

McGahern mcgahrn 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.

It was only after some reflection that I realized that ‘so what’ – that dithering – is exactly the point. But mcgaherm is absolutely brilliant!!!!! Even as a teenager he began to think like a writer and read books more for the style than the story. Here, we have the poor Depression-era Ireland, where the family burns peat and straw because it can’t afford coal, instead.

Tje, prepare for dismay later this week when I write about a book which really is all about the Irish question.

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. His characters are beautifully drawn, real in every sense of the word, and it is impossible not to at least empathize with them. One of the interesting things about this book, as others have said, is the way he shifts POV from 3rd to 1st to 2nd, while always staying with the one main character.