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The Deposition of Father McGreevy (Anglais) Broché – 29 juin 2001


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In a London pub in the 1950s, editor William Maginn is intrigued by a mention of the strange - and reputedly shameful - demise of a remote mountain village in Kerry, Ireland, where he was born. Maginn returns to Kerry and uncovers an astonishing tale: both the account of the destruction of a place and a way of life which once preserved Ireland's ancient traditions and the tragedy of an increasingly isolated village where all the women mysteriously die - leaving the priest Father McGreevy, to cope with insoluble problems. As war rages through Europe, McGreevy struggles to preserve what remains of his parish, against the rough mountain elements and the grief and superstitions of his people, and the growing distrust of the town below.


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lyrical, gripping and raw 13 avril 1999
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This is an original and fascinating story of an isolated Irish village which suffers a series of tragedies during the early forties that leads to its demise. A caring priest tells the tale of a terrible winter during which the five young women of the village die. This tragedy casts suspicions on the occupants of the village from the larger community at the bottom of the mountain, suspicions which continue to be fed by the primitive behavior of a damaged young man. The destruction and cruelties that result from innuendo and rumor build and begin to impact the good men of the village. An absorbing, wonderfully written story set in a bleak but fascinating time and place.
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a hauntingly beautiful mystery 23 mai 1999
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A hauntingly beautiful mystery, with page-turning suspense, detailing the death of an Irish village and the unfolding of scandalous secrets. O'Doherty is a master, who has written a book of unsurpassed eloquence, laced with wisdom and wit. Wonderful characters, etched with extraordinary psychological insight and sympathy. An homage to the beauty of language, as well as an extremely important slice of history. While specific to a particularly fascinating time and place, O'Doherty reveals the human condition in all of its complexity, with a tenderness so often lacking in contemporary literature--the sensibility at work in this book is one of its most attractive features. The book is a work of art--a cliche O'Doherty would never employ.
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Unholy living, half dying 27 octobre 2000
Par K. P. Quinn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book puts a dagger close to the heart of old Ireland. It's as sure in that as the roads and by-passes that now saw through the towns and villages of the Republic: Dev is truly dead. O'Doherty's book is riveting as a story and a piece of poetic prose writing. Whoever imagined describing a face as "like vinegar"? Its real coup, however, is in the way it neatly captures the past and slays it before our very eyes. Sure, there's a certain amount of wish-fulfilment in the events described in the book. The doomed village is an uneasy metaphor for old Ireland and the portraits of the distant clergy are made to look wise by the more recent shenanigans we have read about ad nauseum and much to our mirth. But there is a lot to enjoy not least the often comic, sometimes heroic and ultimately flawed Fr McGreevy. He is supported by three or four very credible and strong support acts not the least of whom is his surreal housekeeper Biddy McGurk. Occasionally, O'Doherty strains to capture the essence of his thoughts which do centre around the passing of time and place. I was reminded of "The Butcher Boy" and, going back, some of the short stories from my youth. So, three cheers for the book and a couple of Hail Marys wouldn't go amiss either.
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The power of rumor, fear, and moral rigidity. 8 janvier 2001
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The sad, inexorable decline of a tiny, remote village of the Dingle Peninsula on the southern tip of Ireland is the framework for this affecting and engrossing Booker Award nominee. Setting his novel in one of the most inhospitable places on earth for farming, with its almost bare, rocky outcroppings, a thin cover of grass, and slopes more easily negotiated by mountain goats than men, O'Doherty presents tough villagers coping with the most basic problems of life, death, and survival. Father McGreevy, the local priest to a congregation of fewer than twenty people, is being deposed as part of an investigation into the deaths of all five wives and one of the men in the village during a particularly harsh winter, which completely isolated the village from the town. Long-standing conflicts between village and town are obvious.

In fluid, almost lyrical, prose O'Doherty creates characters the reader cares about, while showing their limitations and "blemishes," as they deal with the conflicts. The suspense becomes almost palpable as details of the harsh winter are revealed, and rumors spreading throughout the town stretch the patience of the villagers to the breaking point. As events spiral to their inevitable conclusion, the reader becomes trapped in the same whirlwind that sweeps up the practical villagers and experiences their same sense of desolation and loss. This is a sensitive portrayal of the harshest of lives, and at the conclusion the reader is uncertain whether any single event could have changed the outcome. Mary Whipple
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An Irish mix of Christianity and Paganism 13 janvier 2002
Par Lisa Shahin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Set amidst a backdrop of turmoil in Europe, Father McGreevy toils with the unrest prevailing in his mountain top village. All aspects of Irish life are revealed as the women mysteriously perish during the harsh winter of 1939. Tuberculosis was plentiful in Ireland and although it is not confirmed, the reader is left in no doubt that this is the cause of their deaths. Young men leave the village to pursue a better standard of living in towns and to find a wife as mirrored in real-life Irish society. The 'Old Biddy' housekeeper of the priest manages to bring out a characteristic not usually seen in members of the cloth as he fights his abhorrent dislike of her. She constantly quotes pagan superstitions that juxtapose his Christian beliefs but his hatred for her stems from her abuse of the young boy made stupid from an injury to his head. An intrinsic part of the novel lies in the Irish mountain men using sheep to satisfy their needs may cause a stir to an Irish reader. However, it must be remembered that this is a novel of fiction albeit with many accurate and factual denotations and should be enjoyed as a fabrication of O'Doherty's mind.
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