The Pornographer ebook

by John McGahern

John McGahern (12 November 1934 – 30 March 2006) is regarded as one of the most important Irish writers of the latter half of the twentieth century

John McGahern (12 November 1934 – 30 March 2006) is regarded as one of the most important Irish writers of the latter half of the twentieth century. Known for the detailed dissection of Irish life found in works such as The Barracks, The Dark and Amongst Women, The Observer hailed him as "the greatest living Irish novelist" before his death in 2006 and in its obituary the Guardian described him as 'arguably the most important Irish novelist since Samuel Beckett'.

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It was published in 2005, and the writer died in 2006. It recalls, amongst other things, his formative years in Leitrim, Ireland, the death of his beloved mother, Susan, and his relationship with his dark and enigmatic father. Themes from his childhood experiences run throughout his canon of fiction.

John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934. He is the author of six highly acclaimed novels and four collections of short stories, and was the recipient of numerous awards and honours. Amongst Women was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1990. Библиографические данные.

History & Fiction. These 34 funny, tragic, bracing, and acerbic stories represent the complete short fiction of one of Ireland's finest living writers. On struggling farms, in Dublin's rain-drenched streets, or in parched exile in Franco's Spain, McGahern's characters wage a confused but touching war against the facts of life. With this magnificently assured new novel, John McGahern reminds us why he has been called the Irish Chekhov, as he guides readers into a village in rural Ireland and deftly, compassionately traces its natural rhythms and the inner lives of its people.

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I watched the sun cross and recross the carriages as the train came in between the pillars, lighting the grey roofs; and then hands began to draw down windows, doors flew open, and the first figures met the platform with a jolt, and started to run. By the time the carriages themselves had jolted to a stop the platform was already black.

He trained to be a primary-school teacher before becoming a full-time writer, and later taught and travelled extensively. He lived in County Leitrim. He lived in County Leitrim r collections of short stories, he was the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, the American-Irish Award, the Prix Etrangère Ecureuil and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. One of the preeminent writers of our time, John McGahern has captivated readers with such poignant and heart-wrenching novels as Amongst Women and The Dark.

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John McGahern has a very good eye for characters. Whether they be sickly aunts or porn-writing nephews, he creates them and thoroughly goes into them. This novel is about lust and love; love for an aunt, lust for a middle-aged woman. And although the plot may seem banal, McGahern uses these clichés to make his point all the more poignant: people will be people. The very fact that the pornographer cannot love but only lust, is a bit trite, yet this is precisely used to point out that he has turned away from love because of his past. Only faint glimpses of who his "true" love was appear, nothing concrete or intruding. There is also a play on two woman, the aunt and the lover. However these two parts of his, the pornographer's, life are somewhat weakly tided together. The fact that he might or might not (at the end) marry his lover is based on the very fact of the aunt's pending demise. The two lives are meant to mirror or parallel one another, and they do...mostly. But McGahern, as always, delivers a very quite, intense novel with delicate diction and beautiful thoughts and images. Unlike The Dark, this novel does not delve into a fast-pace plot; it is more in the vein of That They May Face The Rising Sun in which characters are front-and-center.
I've been on a John McGahern bent recently, having just finished "Amongst Women" and the even more effective "The Dark." McGahern was a tremendous writer, and I believe most modern Irish authors are heavily influenced by him. But "The Pornographer" is not a successful book, to me. It's even darker than "The Dark," with a terribly unsympathetic, irredeemable narrator, whose icy inability to love, or even genuinely care for other people makes reading this something of a torture. As usual, the worst of McGahern is better than the best of a lot of writers, but I found myself put off by the endless cruelty in this book (the ending, in which the narrator decides he might give marriage a go, does not redeem him, for me.) Also, the female characters all suffer, and they're all victims, which grows tiresome. I don't care about graphic sex in a book, but if you do you might want to skip this. (The title might scare those readers away anyway though, obviously. :)
I like books like this --no high adventure just an everyday situation that
the writer explores in-depth. McGahern is an exceptional writer. He is much respected
and honored in his home country of Ireland. It is skill to be able to hold a readers
attention for 200+ pages with no real adventure. We are treated to interesting characters,
and a complete understanding of what goes on in their heads. There are numerous people
in this story. The young writer who supports himself successfully writing
about sex is the narrator. In addition there is his a sick aunt, his two uncles, his editor and
his one night stands. The plot thickens when one of his partners becomes pregnant and also
falls in love with him. Its a sad situation because he does not even like her. It is a reading
treat to see adoration and complete indifference.
His aunt is ill, his uncle visits the hospital, and he tells his uncle there is no chance he will return to his parent's farm. Michael is faithful in visiting his aunt. He prepares work for his employer, Maloney, and begins a liaison with someone who is older than he. He keeps reminding her that their connection is not love.

Michael has doubts his aunt is returning home cured. He gets the loan of an automobile from Maloney to go on an excursion with his friend. She has worked out a way for the two of them to take a boat trip, and Michael feels he can use such an outing for his writing.

The circumstances of the main characters aren't pleasant, but I do get the sense that the description of them is realistic and, in a sense, loving, compassionate. When the relationship is tense, Michael schedules a meeting with his employer, Maloney, an ex-newspaperman.

The central character, Michael, feels he has been lucky in general. He lost his mother early and was not the center of the existence of his aunt and uncle or anyone else. His salvation is sensitivity to his surroundings and that good upbringing he received from his aunt and his uncle.

Readers should love this novel teeming with ideas and sentiments and descriptions of Irish concerns, (psychology and preoccupations).
Written in 1979 and presumably set in the 1970's (the option of going to England for an abortion puts it post 1967). 30 year old Michael, the narrator of the novel and writer of pornography, goes to a dancehall and meets an attractive 38 year old woman, Mavis who he sleeps with but does not love. Mavis is totally in love with him and when she announces she might be pregnant their dilemma is an age old one. McGahern intersperses a couple of Michael's pornographic writings which are entertaining and feel more contemporary than the majority of the book which centres on Michael's rather mundane and near reclusive life: Michael visits his dying aunt in hospital regularly, sees Mavis a couple of times a week and has a drink with his boss about once a week. The book had a timelessness about it due to the near total lack of reference points and often I felt confused as to the period it was set. For me it often felt as though it was set in the 1950's and written by a much older author than McGahern was at the time, 44. McGahern style is clear and evocative and a great recording of Irish life but like its subject matter I was left disenchanted.
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