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The author of the book: John McGahern
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: October 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780571225705
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.10 MB
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The Leavetaking by John McGahern was written as a love story, its two parts deliberately different in style and while I enjoyed the first part of the story the second part just didn't work for me and I felt it was out of sync with the usual style of McGahern Novels.
The book tells the story of a day in the life of a young Catholic schoolteacher Patrick Moran who has returned to Ireland after a year sabbatical in London. While the story is slow and little happens in the first half of the novel, the author's descriptions and prose keeps the reader interested and turning the pages for more.
The story is quite reflective of parts of McGahern own life experiences as a child and this was the part that I enjoyed and felt he conveyed best in the novel. The mother and son relationship was extremely well written. The second part of the novel is mostly spent in London and I felt the story became unrealistic and the characters actions unconvincing and I was left disappointed on finishing the novel.
I have enjoyedAmongst Women and That They May Face The Rising Sun by this author.
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Read information about the authorMcGahern began his career as a schoolteacher at Scoil Eoin Báiste (Belgrove) primary school in Clontarf, Ireland, where, for a period, he taught the eminent academic Declan Kiberd before turning to writing full-time. McGahern's second novel 'The Dark' was banned in Ireland for its alleged pornographic content and implied clerical sexual abuse. In the controversy over this he was forced to resign his teaching post. He subsequently moved to England where he worked in a variety of jobs before returning to Ireland to live and work on a small farm in Fenagh in County Leitrim, located halfway between Ballinamore and Mohill. His third novel 'Amongst Women' was shortlisted for the 1990 Man Booker Prize.
He died from cancer in Dublin on March 30, 2006.
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