Amongst Women ebook
by John McGahern
As he weakened, Moran became afraid of his daughters.
As he weakened, Moran became afraid of his daughters. This once powerful man was so implanted in their lives that they had never really left Great Meadow, in spite of jobs and marriages and children and houses of their own in Dublin and London. Each scrap of news any one of them had about themselves or their immediate family - child, husband, dog, cat, Bendix dishwasher, a new dress or pair of shoes, the price of every article they bought - was as fascinating to each other as if it were their very own; and any little thing out of Great Meadow was pure binding.
Whenever there’s a whiff of trouble she takes to her bed with the asthma. She has books and sweets hidden up there,’ Mona said. They waited in silence until the knocking resumed, insistent and angry. Boohoo!’ they responded.
Amongst Women is a novel by the Irish writer John McGahern (1934–2006). McGahern's best known novel, it is also considered his masterpiece. Published by Faber and Faber, the novel tells the story of Michael Moran, a bitter, ageing Irish Republican Army (IRA) veteran, and his tyranny over his wife and children, who both love and fear him. It was shortlisted for the 1990 Booker Prize and won The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literary Award in 1991.
John McGahern's "Amongst Women" begins slowly, but after a certain point, I really became caught up in it. The book is very well-written; it's lyrical and much of what's going on happens below the surface. Amongst Women" reads like an unflinching memoir. And in many ways, it is. The main character, Michael Moran, is for all intents and purposes McGahern's father, an ex-Republican, separated from the rest of the community, and known for being harsh to his children. And McGahern is essentially Luke
This modern Irish masterpiece is both a study of the faultlines of Irish patriarchy and an elegy for a lost world.
This modern Irish masterpiece is both a study of the faultlines of Irish patriarchy and an elegy for a lost world. John McGahern was a great Irish writer among a brilliant generation that included the playwright Brian Friel and the poets Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney. Equally gifted as a writer of short stories, his finest novels (a small oeuvre) include The Dark and That They May Face the Rising Sun. His influence lives on in the work of Colm Tóibín, who once described him as the Irish novelist everyone should read
I find John McGahern’s sense of time and place Amongst Women by John McGahern is an excellent look at a family’s life in rural Ireland in the 1960s.
I find John McGahern’s sense of time and place Amongst Women by John McGahern is an excellent look at a family’s life in rural Ireland in the 1960s. McGahern writes a quiet sort of novel and yet he address a number of important themes. Moran is an old Republican whose life was forever transformed by his days of glory as a guerrilla leader in the War of Independence. Now in old age, living out in the country, Moran is still fighting but this time with his family, his friends and even himself.
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AMONGST WOMEN John McGahern About John McGahern (1934 – 2006) One of Ireland’s most widely read authors John McGahern was born on November 12th, 1934. The family lived in Leitrim until his mother’s death in 1945, when they moved to their father’s home at the police barracks in Cootehall, County Roscommon. In his early twenties.