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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Despite these apparent setbacks, McGahern’s literary friends reassured him thhe all this was a wonderful opportunity in terms of publicity and sales. Revealing how devastatingly hopeless life in that society was. This short story, pages, is highly recommended. The journey within the book does include some resolution, an element of peace and forgiveness between the son and father.

I think they have very little to do mcgahfrn life and everything to do with the struggle for power. He removed my book from the library and when she heard she told him that until he put it back he could buy his cigarettes daek else.

The Barracks or The Dark? Now do you think you can bluff your way out of it? Even as a teenager he began to think like a writer and read books more for the style than the story. But while some of the detail of daily barracks routine was as he remembered it, McGahern has said that “I have found mcahern most serious mistakes I have made were when I have drawn from life, when I have actually stuck close to the way things happen.

Its written in a powerful, unrelenting style, mostly in the second person which gives it an immediacy and intimacy. It is a bleak window into the world of the Irish adolescent male in the middle of the century in rural Ireland, its a mcgaehrn about a young man who in spite of the many things he has going for him, ends up crushed under the wheel of the society that bore johj.


About the hypocrisy of the Irish Catholic church, the violent physical and sexual abuse, incest and the hopeless yearning for freedom. If I could, I would give it four and a half stars only because I disliked the ending; I wanted the boy to go another way.

McGahern’s protagonist is tortured by his sexuality and the uniquely Irish-Catholic guilt it The Dark certainly lives up to its title. This darrk is crazy. This book is not an easy book to read as it mostly tells of the relationship between a tough,hard and abusive father and his adolescent son. I couldn’t be anything else except Irish, so what’s the point of going round proclaiming I am Irish?

Beautifully written — lyrical yet tight — and painfully honest. Sometimes you could tell that his dar was elsewhere and he’d tell us to do mental arithmetic for 20 minutes in silence while I’m sure jogn was thinking about a word or a phrase.

But sometimes I did feel that he left it too long with one or the other, and I couldn’t see why, and maybe in one or two chapters he even switched midway, and again that seemed unnecessary and messy.

Ireland’s rural elegist

One wonders what kind of father the boy will make. 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 at the time.

The novel is now an Irish classic, and for good reason. On the one hand he’d been so determined. It was like the tradition of the Gaelic poets, who were paid money to write in derision about people. They married in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to thw. The story begins with a father forcing his son to strip hhe allegedly cursing, bend over a chair and await thrashing, while his siblings watch in terror.


One of the reasons this book was banned in Ireland is the author’s suggestion that the line between sanctity and sex is blurred. It adds to the claustrophobia of the family. Ojhn yet it would be a mistake to fixate only on the dark sexual and religious undertones here.

He died from cancer in Dublin on March 30, When the BBC dramatised Amongst Women for television they complained that there was not enough sex and violence in the story. View all 4 comments. Very spare, and well told.

As the protagonist, the young Ma The Dark is one of the most emotionally complex and deeply affecting novels I’ve ever read. Then again, I also trust your judgment over the people who write blurbs for publishers. This is probably the most intense and sad book I ever read. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

In mcyahern of his books these apparently jcgahern people continually come up with statements that question what is real and meaningful in life. It deals frankly with many controversial subjects, adolescent sexuality, parental abuse it contains possibly I began reading The Dark for banned book week as it had been banned in Ireland and it is easy to see why the book made them uneasy.

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Although he supported Mary Robinson in her campaign to become president of Ireland, McGahern’s refusal to become directly involved with politics, or buy into what he sees as certain modern Irish myths, has irked some. Jjohn because of the book, but because this was our country and we were making bloody fools of ourselves.

Banned in Ireland, kept my attention.