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'The Church and Its Spire': John McGahern and the Catholic Question

'The Church and Its Spire': John McGahern and the Catholic Question
John McGahern (1934-2006) had a turbulent relationship with the Catholic faith into which he was born.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781856077286
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Publisher: Columba Press
Author: Eamon Maher
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John McGahern (1934-2006) had a turbulent relationship with the Catholic faith into which he was born. His second novel, The Dark, was banned in 1965 and the author's subsequent sacking as a primary school teacher owed much to the personal intervention of the then Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid. The Ireland of the 1960s was clearly not ready for the raw exposure of some of its less savoury aspects detailed in McGahern's early novels. By the time of his death in 2006, however, people had come to appreciate the authenticity of the writer's painstaking portrayal of rural life in Ireland with the result that, instead of revulsion, he came to inspire almost universal acceptance and admiration. This book explores the paradoxical relationship that McGahern had with the Catholic Church. Influenced by his beloved mother's deep faith, he was grateful for the mystery and wonder inspired by the church ceremonies of his youth. On the other hand, the repressive aspect of an institution that did not tolerate any challenge to its authority appealed far less to McGahern as a writer. Eamon Maher 's study investigates the rich and complex interaction McGahern had with Catholicism and the impact this had on the author's life and work.
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