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The Power of Darkness

John McGahern

The Power of Darkness by John McGahern reflects a fallen world, driven by sexual ignorance and the old fear of famine; the power of darkness is the force of irrational greed coupled with the need for redemption.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571167098
Date Published
01.11.2002
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Summary

Paul King, an Irish landowner, is dying; his wife is half his age. He has not allowed his wealth to spread ease or comfort. When he dies, his handsome young workman Paul is urged by a cunning mother to move in on the vulnerable young widow.

The Power of Darkness reflects a fallen world. The title is a description of the force that drives it; sexual ignorance and the old fear of famine lead to irrational greed, coupled with the need for redemption.

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Born in 1934, John McGahern was the eldest of seven children, raised on a farm in the West of Ireland. The son of a Garda sergeant who had served as an IRA volunteer in the Irish War of Independence, he was devastated by his mother’s death when he was nine. An outstanding student, McGahern studied at University College Dublin and…

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