The Deposition of Father McGreevy

The Deposition of Father McGreevy In a London pub in the s 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 Ker

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  • Title: The Deposition of Father McGreevy
  • Author: Brian O'Doherty
  • ISBN: 9781885983398
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 anIn 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.

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    1. "Go on, go on""Stop prodding me. What's the point?""Just one more review, come on""oh. Well it's a long time since I read this, I can't remember. What's the point of reading books you can't remember and even more ridiculously then reviewing them years lateroh okay stop prodding er wellere's this isolated village in the Irish mountains and all kinds of dark tales are swirling about the strange denizzzz""Hey!HEY!""- uh what?""I think you dozed off there. In the middle of a word. "" well, I I""Just [...]

    2. I will be quite honest and up front by telling you that this book is weird. The subject matter is definitely most bizarre, and if you are uptight (how's that for the roots of my 70s upbringing?) about strange sexual practices don't bother to open the book."The Deposition of Father McGreevy" takes place in County Kerry. Although it opens in the present, with a writer who gets wind of this bizarre story, the flashback goes to the beginning of World War II. Overall, what we are examining in this pa [...]

    3. This is an unusual and unique tale about an Irish village set in the mountains. Some readers have complained that the story is too long or rambling, but it's the Irish tale tradition. Also, there has been at least on reviewer who says the crazy woman did it, but it's not a tale of who did what really, but a tale told for the tale's sake. If you like Leon Uris or you're in the mood for a thinker's tale then this is for you.

    4. Up to p.300 now. Another meandering Irish tale I've not been able to put down.ading till 5am when I should have been sleeping. It's written in a typical Irish fable style (in that) that goes on and on and on, with a plethora of details and sidetracks to waylay you and delay the point and can almost send you mad in frustration but for the regular appearances of black comedy occasioned by the peculiar Irish ironic turn of phrase. It's a storytelling style my old Irish born Uncle was good at and he [...]

    5. A beautifully observed account of life, and death, in a tiny Irish community 75 years ago, but it feels almost mediaeval. In fact, having just read Jim Crace's Harvest, the life styles are not that different but being Ireland there's a priest wherever you go and if you know anything about the country a couple of generations ago then there is a lot you will understand. As for the sheep-shagging, I thought it was more of a red herring and a joke on all those who don't understand folk out in the st [...]

    6. The tale of a village that died out as told largely by its priest. This reads very much like a detective novel, although it is so much more than that. The landscapes and people of the Irish hills are beautifully described and depicted and this novel is a very rewarding read.It is also a microcosm of a style of life that no longer really exists, even in the wilds of Ireland.

    7. You know, I grew up on a farm and it never even crossed my mind to do to sheep what goes on up there in the hills of ireland. A moving book never the less - about time passing over Ireland and the fits and starts that modernization brings to an isolated agrarian community.

    8. In The Deposition of Father McGreevy Brian O’Doherty transports us into a world and culture that will be quite alien to most readers. By the book’s end, we may even be convinced that this might be a different universe.But Brian O’Doherty’s book is set in Ireland, not some distant, fanciful galaxy. It’s the west of Ireland, County Kerry to be precise, where there is a remote community on a mountain side. A harsh winter has brought sickness and, in this small place, all the women have di [...]

    9. Ve výpovědi otce McGreevyho se stáváme na dva roky, resp. na dvě kruté zimy svědky života a životních situací obyvatel malé horské vesničky na západě Irska (hrabství Kerry). Autor však vykonstruoval příběh příliš fantaskní na to, aby mu bylo lze uvěřit. Výpověď obsahuje mnoho drobných zápletek, jejichž vykonstruovanost místy bije do očí.Kniha ani není typickým představitelem irské literatury, byť se o to snaží. Bohužel až příliš okatě a na úkor p [...]

    10. The setting: a small Irish village in the middle of nowhere: a stark, dreadful winter in which all the younger women die, leaving their menfolk and children to battle on. Their priest narrates much of the story. He's an unlikeable, inflexible man. He tells a tale of poverty and hardship, old-fashioned faith, superstition, suspicion. There's the village idiot and sheepshagger. This is the story of the death of a village and a way of life, and of lives transformed and ruined in two dreadful years. [...]

    11. Not a very cheery tale (no pun intended). I couldn't wrap my head around the geography/distance between the mountain and the town at the bottom of the hill, nor the vast separation both in culture and in personalities that were just a wee bit apart. The dying Irish culturee rise of urban Ireland, all this conflict and just maybe a mile or two apart.

    12. Sort-of-interesting tale set in rural Ireland around the time of the second world war (when Ireland was neutral). A bit padded and up in the air for me to be honest, I think would have been more powerful as short story or short novel (vs 300 pages).

    13. Coffins, and blood and death and madnessd harsh winters! Too, too bleak for me. I didn't really enjoy this book. Nothing wrong with the writing style. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to appreciate this.

    14. You know those marvelous, long-range views of the mountains of Ireland that are a part of any decent picture book with the word "Ireland" in the title?This is what happens in those mountains.

    15. About half way through the book, I realized I’d read it before. Probably even owned it, given it away or sold it, and forgotten about it. In re-reading it, it became clear why I no longer owned it…the novel didn’t make an impact on me initially and similarly failed on a second reading.In a remote mountain village in Ireland, people suffer terrible misfortune which leads to more bad things. The main narrator of the tale, told by the parish priest (hence the title) to a local law enforcement [...]

    16. Liked the writing but it was ultimately a long book with not a ton of story. More a slice of life, I guess. When we find out what the big scandal is that brings the town down it felt a little naive, backward and not big enough for the terrible result. Interesting more in hindsight than while reading it.

    17. I have just finished this book and need to let it percolate for a few days. I should never be surprised at how dark Irish literature can be. Think of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or anything by Martin McDonagh.

    18. What is it with these highly acclaimed literary works? After seeing that this book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and after reading some of the recommendations I had such high hopes - which were left dashed against the lonely mountainside where this work was set.Brian O'Doherty can certainly write. His description of Ireland and the towns where this novel is set is wonderful. I loved his style for much of the book and his development of deep and complex characters was excellent. But much o [...]

    19. This novel, which won the Man Booker Prize some years back, paints an elaborate picture of life in rural Ireland during World War II. Although the story initially focuses on the mysterious deaths of all the women in a small Irish village, it shifts to examine rural life that is offset by a larger city (albeit rural) and how one affects the other. The author's description allows you to really visualize the landscape and feel the desolation and, more literally, the dampness that engulfs these Iris [...]

    20. This book was not worth energy it took to read it, and believe me I was struggling to finish. I kept thinking it would get better, and it just droned on. The Atlantic Monthly called it "Bone-chilling," I'd side with "boring."

    21. Let me save you the trouble of the "mystery." The old bitch is a perv. There, I just rescued you from a boring story about poor Irish villagers who suck.

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