Brendan O'Leary

Brendan O'Leary

by John wi Hookey

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BN ID: 2940016276014
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 132
File size: 438 KB

About the Author

Brendan O'Leary deals with the relation of spirituality to the actual circumstances of modern life, in particular the circumstances of contemporary western urban life in their recognizable forms. It does so creatively, through a series of events, which are reconstructed not chronologically but thematically, through the medium of Christian symbols such as redemption, defilement, innocence etc. Other themes include the nature of addiction and disorder, particularly in urban societies, the spiritual significance inherent in sexuality and prostitution, materialism and vegetation. Also, significantly for many, it deals with the legacy of institutionalised religious abuse.

Outwardly the events in the book seem unremarkable and banal, but they do lead to the prostitution of a young woman. This is Yvonne. It is the spiritual significance of and responsibility for this act, that are explored but the protagonist Tristan. The antihero Brendan is after all his schoolboy acquaintance. . Ultimately the protagonist does not seek to disengage the various causative elements, being addiction, disorder, etc, but to allow their spiritual significance to be played out through a medium of invocation. This is the actual medium or inner voice, through which the memory of the young woman, and through her that of the other characters, is invoked. Finally the holy spirit itself is received.

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