That They May Face the Rising Sun

That They May Face the Rising Sun

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Joe and Kate Ruttledge, have come to rural Ireland from London in search of a different life. In passages of beauty and truth, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. By the novel's close we feel that we have been introduced, with deceptive simplicity, to a complete representation of existence - an enclosed world has been transformed into an more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0571212212
  • 9780571212217
  • 174,473

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'Quite exquisite... changes the whole character of fiction.' Sunday Telegraph 'A luminous new novel from Ireland's greatest living novelist.' Observershow more

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Kate and Joe Ruttledge have settled deep in the Irish countryside, abandoning careers in advertising in London for peaceful lives tending sheep and cattle on a remote lakeside farm. Their simple lives are shaped by work, by the demands of the seasons and by relationships with neighbours. The essential patterns of life in this isolated place have not changed for hundreds of years, but few in the community around the lake are untouched by more modern influences. John Quinn, a brutal womaniser, uses a marriage bureau in Knock when the supply of local women is exhausted. Jimmy Joe McKiernan, the local Republican boss, recruits sympathisers for the Troubles across the nearby border. Even Jamesie and Mary, who embody the timeless spirit of the place, have their lives touched by the emigration of Jamesie?s brother to England in search of love and regular work. In these and other lives, uncovered by conversation and observation rather than by plot and action, McGahern shows the reader the search for happiness, for 'all that life could give of contentment and peace', through love, work, religion or community. The result is a novel in which very little happens but in which the sense of real lives led by real people is communicated poignantly and authentically. McGahern has been publishing novels and stories of unusual power and beauty since the 1960s. He is best known for Amongst Women, which won the Irish Times prize and was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1990. This novel is his first for 12 years and is possibly the finest he has yet published. It deserves to extend his reputation as one of Ireland?s finest writers. (Kirkus UK)show more

About John McGahern

John McGahern is the author of five highly acclaimed novels. Amongst Women, which has won both the GPA and the Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a four-part BBC television series. He lives in more