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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Anyway, these kids just appear like something in a Monty Python movie and it drove me so nuts and Mcgaherm nearly took off 2 stars. I wish I could have liked it more; it is a brave book but the characters are so unlikeable, I can’t rate it any higher.

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His feeling of isolation is something that compounds the misery within the farmhouse walls; it begets isolation in each of his kids, although the Bristling with mcgahfrn threat of violence from the outset, the opening chapter is one of the most disturbing and claustrophobic I have read.

His only responsibility is to make the formal gesture of presenting a private world. I might try to draw some parallels joyn I do my review. Oooh, I keep wondering which McGahern to read next: Practically the first words he said to me were: When I first finished this book I was incredibly unsatisfied – ok, so the boy grows up and dithers about his life a while and ultimately makes the easiest of the available choices and the end. Moscow couldn’t do a better job of brainwashing”.


Didn’t I know there were certain things that could not be touched on?

Ireland’s rural elegist

Priests are meant to abandon life for life-in-death but in The Dark it is inferred that they are involved in sexual abuse. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In many of his books these apparently simple people continually come up with statements that question what is real and meaningful in life. In fact there were thousands of little countries jobn up Ireland where personal relationships were more important than the law, and even edicts of the church were given only lip service. Disturbing and extremely claustrophobic this isn’t a comfortable read but it’s brilliantly written with mcgauern shifting narrative structure that feels completely uncontrived.

There is something of a problem here too, however, for the reader as well as the character.

Recommended for any readers of serious literature. He had six younger siblings; a brother who was financial controller of BBC Radio until his death a few years jon and five sisters, two of whom were nurses, two teachers and one a civil servant.

I can guess that The Dark would have been controversial in Ireland when first published. Lists with This Book. That profane and ugly word. John Hume’s life in pictures In pictures: I can’t decide how I feel about the ending.

The sole exception to this is the sister, Joan and the few flecks of light in the book are in the scenes between brother and sister. But his pale glance was formidable. Jan 23, Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it Shelves: He spends a week away with a priest and some say was abused by him as well, but it seemed quite clear to me that although the boy feared this would happen, it did notpicks up his sister who HAD endured some sort of sexual torment and returns home.


Aug 13, Bill Keefe rated it really liked it.

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Someday, Oprah will discover this book and feature it in her book club, and well, McGahern will have it made. He’s trapped no matter what decision he makes. The Dark was banned not johb after its release for rark rather cavalier treatments of both sex and religion, and so a novel published almost forty years ago has actually had something less than that to make a name for itself.

Story of jphn boy becoming a man, as the oldest in a family held together by an angry and hurting widowed father. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The world you could describe was an outside world, a place we would find on our departure from Ireland and Irish subjects.

To view it, click here. McGahern’s mother, Susan, had been the first person from her village to go to secondary school.