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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    The Deposition of Father McGreevy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brian O'Doherty
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 314
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781900850681
    ISBN 10: 1900850680
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET090
    Ingram Theme: CULT/IRELND, CHRN/LATE20
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 76
    BISAC V2.8: FIC042000, FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC026000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    ARCADIA BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ARCADIA BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    In the 1950s, William Maginn is drinking in a London pub when he hears of the strange demise of an isolated mountain village in County Kerry - the place where he was born. Returning to Kerry, Maginn realises that there is an astonishing story to be told: the sad destruction of a town which encapsulated Ireland's ancient traditions and mystery. All the women in the village have mysteriously died, with a priest, Father McCready, left to sort out the chaos. In the outer world, war rages as Maginn attempts to save what is left of the parish and deal with the distrust and superstition of the townsfolk. O'Doherty is a writer with a very individual gift, and this fascinating tale is couched in language that is both poetic and allusive. The central narrative is handled with all the authority and power one could wish for (with the editor hero Maginn sympathetically and richly drawn). But it is the elegant prose, ever involving the reader deeper and deeper in the strange, unreal situation that truly mesmerises. Whether read as a penetrating vision of a small village under threat from tension within, or as a magical and atmospheric piece of fine writing, O'Doherty's unusual book convinces on all levels. (Kirkus UK)