An apprentice in McGahern’s Ireland

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Ireland

I would have doubted John McGahern. The doubt would not have been a questioning of the veracity of the accounts in his novels of 1950s Ireland; they are too detailed, too consistent, too alive with emotion, to be anything other than accurate reflections of the realities which he encountered. Doubts would have been more in the nature of wondering whether the scenes, the characters, the stories, he describes were general experiences, or whether they were, instead, cameos of Ireland at its bleakest. Stories told, of realities harsher than lines from …