The Deposition of Father McGreevy (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Deposition of Father McGreevy Rich in the details of Irish life and love, with a narrative that evokes both a time and place with the accuracy of a keen, unsentimental eye, this novel tells the story of a priest who must struggle to preserve what remains of a parish in an isolated village where the women mysteriously die.
- Published: 10 August 1999
- Format: Hardback 404 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781885983398 ISBN 10: 1885983395
Full description for The Deposition of Father McGreevy
In a London pub in the 1950s, editor William Maginn is intrigued by a reference to the 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 the women mysteriously die-leaving the priest, Father McGreevy, to cope with insoluble problems. Looking back in time, the book traces how, as World War II rages through Europe, McGreevy struggles to preserve what remains of his parish, and struggles against the rough mountain elements, the grief and superstitions of his people, and the growing distrust in the town below. The Deposition of Father McGreevy is a remarkable story, and a gripping exploration of both the locus of misfortune and the nature of evil. Rich in the details of Irish lore and life, its narrative evokes both a time and a place with the accuracy of a keen, unsentimental eye, and renders its characters with heartfelt depth.