The Dark by John McGahern is the great Irish writer’s second novel, set in rural Ireland and dealing with adolescence and the powerful but ambiguous relationship between son and widower father.
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Set in rural Ireland, John McGahern’s second novel is about adolescence and a guilty, yet uncontrollable sexuality that is contorted and twisted by both puritanical state religion and a strange, powerful and ambiguous relationship between son and widower father.
Against a background evoked with quiet, undemonstrative mastery, McGahern explores with precision and tenderness a human situation, superficially very ordinary, but inwardly an agony of longing and despair.
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