Thursday, 22 August 2013

Amongst Women

By John McGahern, 1990
A masterpiece which begins with one of the great opening sentences: "As he weakened, Moran became afraid of his daughters."

McGahern's version of what love and togetherness does to families is dramatic and stark. At its heart is the idea that Ireland, rather than being a nation or a community, was a place of isolated families, bitter individuals and gnarled relationships.

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