The Power of Darkness
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.
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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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