The Deposition of Father McGreevy

The Deposition of Father McGreevy

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In a London pub in the 1950's, editor William Maginn is intrigued by a mention a the strange - and reputedly shameful - demise of a remote mountain village in County Kerry, where he was born. Maginn returns to Kerry and uncovers an astonishing tale: both the account of the destruction of a place and the 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 its people, and the growing distrust of the town more

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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 26mm | 421.85g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1900850486
  • 9781900850483
  • 1,821,966

About Brian O'Doherty

Brian O'Doherty was born in County Roscommon in 1934. His novels include The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P. (1992) and The Deposition of Father McGreevey (1999), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2000. Also known as the conceptual and installation artist Patrick Ireland - he changed his name in reaction to the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry in 1972 - he has served as editor of Art in America and was the on-air art critic for NBC. Currently, he is professor of fine arts and media at the Southampton College campus of Long Island University. He is the author of numerous works of art criticism, including his book American Masters and the influential essay "Inside the White Cube." and American Masters: "The Voice and the Myth". He lives in New York City and Todi, more

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"Magical to the core. Read it and be smitten by this masterpiece as I was" - Walter Abish"O'Doherty"s powerful and sometimes magical writing keeps a reader closely involved" - Julian Moynahan, New-York Review of Books"O'Doherty's eloquent proses conjures up snow and cold and isolation as clearly as it does small town spite and gossip...bone-chilling" - Atlantic Monthly"Eerily compelling" - Elleshow more

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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)show more
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