The Collected Stories of John McGahern

The Collected Stories of John McGahern These funny tragic bracing and acerbic stories represent the complete short fiction of one of Ireland s finest living writers On struggling farms in Dublin s rain drenched streets or in parche

  • Title: The Collected Stories of John McGahern
  • Author: John McGahern
  • ISBN: 9780571162741
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • These 34 funny, tragic, bracing, and acerbic stories represent the complete short fiction of one of Ireland s finest living writers On struggling farms, in Dublin s rain drenched streets, or in parched exile in Franco s Spain, McGahern s characters wage a confused but touching war against the facts of life.

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    About "John McGahern"

    1. John McGahern

      McGahern began his career as a schoolteacher at Scoil Eoin B iste Belgrove primary school in Clontarf, Ireland, where, for a period, he taught the eminent academic Declan Kiberd before turning to writing full time McGahern s second novel The Dark was banned in Ireland for its alleged pornographic content and implied clerical sexual abuse In the controversy over this he was forced to resign his teaching post He subsequently moved to England where he worked in a variety of jobs before returning to Ireland to live and work on a small farm in Fenagh in County Leitrim, located halfway between Ballina and Mohill His third novel Amongst Women was shortlisted for the 1990 Man Booker Prize He died from cancer in Dublin on March 30, 2006.


    1. This is the first set of short stories I've read by McGahern. Most were excellent. One dragged ("Peaches"), one was extremely disturbing ("Lavin") but many others left you wanting more, like a good short story should.While McGahern was a great writer in general, I love the way the guy wrote about sex; that is to say, without stepping one foot into Harlequin novel territory, he still made the most abstract notions of erotica seem somehow familiar:"Still, at eight o'clock she would come to him, ou [...]

    2. These two. "Like All Other Men" and "Gold Watch."Oh, there were others that shined bright, but I couldn't bear to look away from those two.The writing is good, the characters are true, the place feels right, though I could have used a stronger sense of land, but this is just a "me" thing, as I prefer to taste the soil and stones of place upon my tongue when reading. I think the easiest way to voice what it is I am feeling, is a frustration that too many of these short stories turned me out rathe [...]

    3. If you love Ireland and/or things Irish, then you will likely love this collection. McGahern is rightly lionized as one of the island's masters of short prose, and what comes through most clearly in this volume is his eye and ear for nuance, for subtlety of gesture, expression, for the importance of what is not said and done as much as for what is. Many of these stories are quite moving, and one even manages to be joyful and a bit funny, but common to all (even "Peaches", which is set in Spain) [...]

    4. Thirty-four stories by McGahern, from his early work through 1993. What more could you ask for? No one portrayed 20th-century rural Ireland with the precision and grace of McGahern. But he "did" Dublin and city venues admirably, too. So many of his stories are poignant and bespeak such dimensions of loss and pain. But love and beauty have places, too. Many stories reflect memories of McGahern's youth and his life with his brutal father, but without doubt, everything here is fiction, not memoir. [...]

    5. One might be excused for thinking that the "Swinging Sixties" never made across the Irish Sea, but McGahern's slow and quiet stories puts paid to that idea. One is reminded of the title (if not the content) of Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate as McGahern's protagonists muddle their way through sex and romance on the rain-slicked footpaths of 1960s, '70s and '80s Dublin. Not that all the settings are urban though; even when the crux of the story takes place in "the heart of the Hibernian me [...]

    6. I'm not usually a short story reader, but I'm really enjoying this book. I've read other John McGahern ("By the Lake") is one of my all time favorite books). These stories remind me so much of Ireland, where they all take place. Bleak yet understated and also beautiful. Just like me. :)

    7. A lot of these stories I found unmemorable, but then maybe it's because is one of them, Korea, is one of the most memorable stories I've ever read.

    8. 1 - Exiled in England, a retired Irishman sustains himself by imagining working the farm he lost back home. Read by Sean McGinley. Broadcast on:BBC Radio 7, 9:15pm Sunday 13th December 2009

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