Amongst Women has ratings and reviews. Paul said: Did you read any great novels recently about a thoroughly decent man? A guy who wasn’t violen. John McGahern was born in Dublin and brought up in the west of Ireland. He is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including Amongst. John McGahern, who died on March 30th, , set the bar for the rest of us.

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Michael says “I’m afraid we might all die in Ireland if we don’t get out fast. I shall be dancing in the street when patriarchy is overthrown. Rose, Moran’s second wife, is an outsider who becomes an insider, but she’s a curious figure in this book.

Trivia About Amongst Women. A belief that one’s family defines one’s station, but no one can rise above their station, is both a relief and an obstacle. Michael runs away to England and gets a job.

I wrote to him then to say that he had, after his long struggle, produced a masterpiece, which seemed effortless, formally perfect and oddly timeless, but also dark.

When there are difficulties with young Michael who begins to drink and mcggahern, Moran threatens to use physical violence to control him, as he had once done with Luke. How does the political turmoil that suffuses Jonh history affect the smaller unit of the family? Once reviled — he left the country after his novel The Dark was banned by the Irish Censorship Board because it was deemed pornographic — he became one of Ireland’s most eminent writers of fiction.

Here are some quotes from the book. Therefore, McGahern manages to balance the attractive and the repellent aspects of patriarchy in this novel. Moran’s youngest son Michael has escaped The central character of this story is central in the way a cloud is central to a storm. Denied a role as founding father in the Irish state he sets up his own dominion. A character study of an aging father okay, like me. I don’t think so.


They live in a house called “Great Meadow” on a small farm in the west of Ireland.

Moran is an old Republican whose life mcaghern forever transformed by his days of glory as a guerrilla leader in the War of Independence. From womej earliest point in the narrative, we see that Moran’s relations I hadn’t come across this book until I received it as a gift from a Goodreads friend, but I found it both a poignant and powerful read. I remember him telling me that, in one early draft, his novel had been several times its final length.

It creates an almost claustrophobic atmosphere. Rose Brady is the main character who makes life bearable for everyone in Great Meadow.

Amongst Women by John McGahern

Luke is strong but cruel like his father. What keeps Michael from running away from home permanently like his brother Luke? On the evidence of this gem of a book, it is a great shame that he did not write more.

He continued walking the fields like a man trying to see. McGahern’s best known novel, it is also considered his masterpiece. They have decided to recreate ” Monaghan Day ,” an event Moran always seemed to enjoy, hoping that this will somehow reverse his failing health. Their attendance at his funeral strengthens this bond between them even more. This is another — another — story about a patriarch and how his family must dance around him on hot coals fearing the wrath and looking lively whenever he bestoweth his glance.

Moran is the hero of the War of Independence, who has failed to make a successful career in the Irish army in peacetime, directs his frustrated drive for power into a diminished form of home rule. I only say underrated McGahern has won several noteworthy prizes just because I hadn’t heard of him and didn’t think he’d gotten the recognition he deserves this side of the pond.

Read it Forward Read it first. The story mxgahern the family is an allegory for that of independent Ireland — without the father the family would not exist, but until Moran is dead, the family cannot become itself. In Amongst Womenthe family is a kind of half-way house between the individual and society.


Amojgst had to explain to their stepmother Rose what Monaghan Day was. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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They clung so tenaciously to the idea that Rose felt she couldn’t stand in their way. It was never explained. I’ll review both this and Blindness by tomorrow, or latest by the day after, I promise! Michael Moran served as a guerrilla in an Ireland War of Independence and he is proud of it.

Moran has been a guerrilla fighter in the War of Independence.

Amongst Women by John McGahern

She becomes a strong moral power in the house, and through this strength she manages to control Moran and get him to change his bad temperament subtly. Lists with This Book. Memoir Love of the World The story opens with jphn imminent demise. He’s caught between an indifference he feels politically from the country he was proud of fighting for and has now somehow gone past him and the proud, sullen self-sufficiency he has spent a lifetime accumulating.

What Moran says and what Moran does are two very different things, and when he insists on the equality of family members, what he means is, well, everything jphn. As his wife says: Irish people everywhere seem to have an often inexplicable affection for their country, whether they be urban, suburban, rural or living in Boston.

It was in the nature of things and yet it brough Don’t let them pull wool over your eyes. They yearn for his approval, yet fear his temper.