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The Dark
     

The Dark

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by John McGahern
 

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The Dark, widely acclaimed, yet infamously banned, is John McGahern’s sensitive, perceptive, and beautifully written portrayal of a young man’s coming-of-age in rural Ireland. Imaginative and introverted, the boy is successful in school, but bitterly confused by the guilt-inducing questions he endures from the priests who should be his venerated

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The Dark, widely acclaimed, yet infamously banned, is John McGahern’s sensitive, perceptive, and beautifully written portrayal of a young man’s coming-of-age in rural Ireland. Imaginative and introverted, the boy is successful in school, but bitterly confused by the guilt-inducing questions he endures from the priests who should be his venerated guides. His relationship with his bullying, bigoted, widowed father is similarly conflicted — touched with both deep love and carefully suppressed hatred. When he must leave home to further his education, their relationship is drawn to an emotional climax that teaches both father and son some of the most intricate truths about manhood.

Editorial Reviews

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"[McGahern] writes with a poignancy and passion. He has been likened to the early Joyce, and he has the same spare artistry."
Spectator

"We must know that while we read this book, an experience much like touching the raw nerves of a growing boy, we are in the company of a very talented writer."
Library Journal

"The best novel to come out of Ireland for many years."
Irish Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140277951
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"[McGahern] writes with a poignancy and passion. He has been likened to the early Joyce, and he has the same spare artistry."
Spectator

"We must know that while we read this book, an experience much like touching the raw nerves of a growing boy, we are in the company of a very talented writer."
Library Journal

"The best novel to come out of Ireland for many years."
Irish Times

Meet the Author

John McGahern was born in Dublin and brought up in the west of Ireland. He is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including Amongst Women, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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The Dark 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
manbooker1989 More than 1 year ago
A boy struggles through life, as most do; but through an angry, abusive father and his own wayward journey along the precipitous ledge of adolescent. Taking care of his sister, deciding on being a priest or not, many turns and many consequences. A very sad little novel where father and son grow together. At one point the son exclaims that he, the father, is older and unable to do the work he used to, which shocks the poor son. Through the stress of getting a scholarship and leaving that cursed farm, he may triumph. shortly after though the book ends with him on a new road, a new road all alone. Written in an interesting style of "you" taking the place of "I", one finds that the narrator is trying to distance himself or trying to relate to other human beings. Short chapters with bits of thought and action lead to an overall monumental blow against the struggles of the common man. Though at times life is fun, there is always that buzz of uncertainty and hatred.