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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Every now mcgauern then you come across an author who makes you stop and think, here is someone who will keep me company for a long time to come. A tremendous book, it made me read around his other work, from which I learned that Amongst Women was, apparently, his best by some way. A perverse form of logic made me interpret this as meaning that his other books were not worth reading, and could only lead to disappointment. That profane and ugly word.

Now do you think you can bluff your way out of it? He took the heavy leather strap he used for sharpening his razor from its nail on the side of the press.

Do what you want to do. There is something of a problem here too, however, for the reader as well as joohn character. Did McGahern really need to tell us twice that the son knows Mahoney wants him to stay and work in the fields? For a mcgahfrn book, with admirably brisk movement through its mcggahern, there is a lot of detail which the reader could probably work out unaided. I can guess that The Dark would have been controversial in Ireland when first published.

Perhaps McGahern recognised this, because with Amongst Women he would return to a Mahoney-like figure — this time called Moran — who would remain centre stage for the entire book. All this makes me sound rather lukewarm toward The Darkwhich is not entirely fair.


What was Amongst Women about? I might need to check that one as well. Did I really need another exploration of the Irish question and what would I learn from it? Oooh, I keep wondering which McGahern to read next: The Dark or The Barracks?

The Barracks or The Dark? It is an absolutely heart-breaking read, but one that firmly established him as my all-time favourite author.

I seem to compare everyone to him now, a terrible habit I must break! Thanks for the comments all — kimbofo, I knew I could rely on you as our leading McGahern fancier! You would get through Amongst Women in a day anyway. Enjoyable in a way, but frustrating too. Michael Moran is an Old Irish Republican whose life was transformed by his days of glory as a guerrilla leader in the Irish War of Independence.

Then again, I also trust your judgment over the people who write blurbs for publishers. Incidentally, prepare for dismay later this week when I write about a book which really is all about the Irish question.

If I decide not to read the book, I am certain that your review will provided me with all of the information I would have got should I have read it. Is Amongst Women a short read as well, John? I hope you like it, Kevin.

The Dark (McGahern novel) – Wikipedia

Looks quite a naughty little number and is pages long, so fits the bill nicely. John and kimbofo and Colette: I read Amongst Women yesterday and it was every bit as good as the three of you suggested — thanks mcgaherb putting me on to it or, more accurately, overcoming the prejudices that badly written jacket darl had spawned.

Truly an interesting book and also an intriguing contrast to the Marilynne Robinson books and discussion going on elsewhere in this blog. I might try to draw some parallels when I do my review. Glad to have been co-instrumental in your epiphany, Kevin. I look forward to reading your thoughts and in particular the connections or otherwise you make with Robinson. Like John, the reasons behind the continual shifts in point-of-view between first and second and third were a bit of a mystery to me.


The Barracks for mcgabern next, I think. I love his writing. Not an awful lot happens but the rich descriptions and the sense of the texture of daily ordinary life are wonderfully conveyed. Beautiful but very sad. Jlhn Mc Gahern was a schoolteacher in Dublin when he wrote The Dark, he was sacked after publication and was forced to emmigrate to England to work on building sites etc.

Ireland’s rural elegist

Mcgabern suppose I should have read his Memoir by now, which I do have. Thanks for the information. 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 that was almost mandatory tbe the time. Good review and discussion nonetheless! I think so much of my reading experience is like this and not just me of course! Thanks for your comment, Rachel.

Is The Leavetaking the one that McGahern rewrote after publication? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. I think I need to lie down and have a drink. What others are you jhn Beautifully written — jihn yet tight — and painfully honest. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.