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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As the main character, Moran, is never endearing, McGahern challenges the reader to empathise with him and to understand why the women in his life remain emotionally tied to him, even after they have successfully established independent lives away from Great Meadow.

William Trevor, After Rain These twelve short stories by a master of contemporary Irish fiction depict love, betrayal, and forgiveness among families and lovers coping with hidden emotions. A land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be joyous with sounds of industry, the romping of sturdy children, the contests of athletic youths, the laughter of comely maidens; whose firesides would be the forums of the wisdom of serene old age.

A little gem of a character study of an Irish family, dominated by the father, Michael Moran, who is known to his grown children and his second wife as “Daddy”. On the evidence of this gem of a book, it is a great shame that he did not write more. It is her undoubted love and loyalty to Moran and her spirit of self-sacrifice in the household, which creates this extraordinary bond of strength which each of the members feel among themselves.

It could be months or years. When Moran marries Rose it is obvious that he never intended a marriage of equals. It reminded me of my grandfather, a stoic, pleasant, repressed, uneducated first-generation Swede who never said much of anything by way of conversation and was maddeningly trite when he did. As the years pass, McGahern does a great job amongsy conveying how rural life really doesn’t change that mcgaherrn, and emphasises the rigid routine within the family, yet is able to chart each member’s life journey, children of whom Moran is proud, yet more often than not, children who are effected by his actions in negative ways.


A character study of an aging father okay, like me. Books that can make you realize who you are and how you sometimes behave that hurt other people. Views Read Edit View history. Moran has been a guerrilla fighter in the War of Independence. Indeed, Moran would be the last one to admit it, but she does him the favor of his life by not wommen making the first move but consistently and selflessly devoting herself to the attention, friendship, and responsibility of Moran’s only castle- Great Meadow, his proud and distinctly distant home, and his family where he is equally loathed and respected.

Are there any similarities between Moran and the character of Paddy Maguire? Without it there would have been an ingrown waiting. Jonn goes even further and shows that patriarchy as a refuge of the socially ill-adjusted and emotionally immature man and asks probing questions about the cult of family.

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Rose, a woman in her late thirties at the time of her marriage, is ideally suited to the role of compliant wife and surrogate mother. Rejecting his father, Ireland, and all of the violence and provincialism he associates with both, Luke flees to England.

The title can be interpreted in two ways. The central character of this story is central in the way a cloud is central to a storm. This is the story of Michael Moran, a former Amlngst army partisan long since removed to his outpost at home with his new bride, son, and 3 daughters. The rural Irish setting is also compelling. And I saw one Good Reads reviewer describe his writing as lyrical??!!

She was quite taken with McGahern’s prose and reading this for myself, I joun certainly see why. Moran’s death is a moment of liberation for the family. Colm Toibin said of Amongst Women ” It is the sort of book which you can give anyone of any age and know that they will be changed by it.

After Christmas, Mona, the one girl who had not married, came every weekend from Dublin. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The clue is in the title. Retrieved from ” https: The incident rather pathetically demonstrates his present impotence, yet he himself uses it to illustrate his connection between intimacy and mastery:. I didn’t say anything- I didn’t have anything to say. The book succeeds very well in describing the remote life on the farm ammongst Moran dominating the other family members’ lives.

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Although they have busy lives and families of their own in Dublin and London, they have never really left the family home because they feel more important there. The title also references the traditional prayer, the Hail Marywhich contains the clause “blessed art thou amongst women”. But it is that simplicity that I, as a reader, found beauty and compassion in.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. A large part of the fascination the handsome Moran holds for Rose and for his daughters is sexual. As a reader you understand why also Moran’s second son runs away.

Moran’s retreat from his youthful exploits in the IRA into a vice-like grip on his household can be seen as a political metaphor, described by one critic as a “A diminished form of home rule. Learn More About Amongst Women print.

We also see the faithful practice of the rosary. Woen started to really take over for me, as a reader, and maintained its pull was how I read this novel with that sort of amkngst clarity which reminds you of moments in your own life which you’d forgotten or repressed for one reason or another.

The reader is being drawn into this world where Moran is at the centre. That was the war: Moran’s personality becomes apparent in his dealings with his family, who all love and respect him despite his violent outbursts and his lack of apologies.

Amongst Women (John McGahern) – book review

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Though certainly the womdn of the family, a Irish farmer who imposes a hard rule about the way life should be on his three daughters and two sons, is not the sort of dad people would want, the author is recording a time and way of life very far from where I live New York City. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.