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The Feast Of Lupercal

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Paperback, 219 pages
Published April 25th 1994 by Flamingo (first published 1957)
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Diarmuid Devlin, Dev,teaches English at a Catholic boy's secondary school in Belfast in the late 1950's. As restricted as American society was in the 50's about sex, Northern Ireland was even more oppressive. The slightest indiscretion especially if it involves the opposite sex, can have disasterous results. Poor Dev, at 37, has never had a girlfriend. He lives in the basement of a Catholic widow with teenage children. This living arrangement also restricts his lifestyle as we will see as the st ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Allan rated it it was amazing
This novel was first published in 1958, and given that it's not one of Brian Moore's most well known novels, it took me a while to pick it off my shelves to read. I'm so glad that I did.

The main protagonist in the book is a 37 year old English Master at a Catholic Grammar School in North Belfast, Diarmuid Devine, who is well respected and affable, but lives a pretty mundane existence in digs off the Cavehill Road. After hearing two colleagues joking about him while at work, he begins to question
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Feb 15, 2013 A. Mary rated it really liked it
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This is the way Goodbye Mr. Chips would be if it had been written by an Irish novelist. The boys do not love the master, and the master does not get to marry Greer Garson or Petula Clark. Mr. Devine is perhaps the most pathetic character I have ever read. Moore draws him so completely, from his accommodations to his eyeglasses. He is the most impotent of characters, except for one distraught moment. I feel so sorry for him, want so much for him to have his happiness. This is the book I would giv ...more
May 05, 2015 Wuthering16 rated it really liked it
Such a sad wasted life brilliantly captured, beautifully written. So we can really feel for this sad Irish Catholic teacher trapped by his upbringing unable to truly 'live'.
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Feb 19, 2012 Derek Bridge rated it liked it
Moore had a real talent for inhabiting the minds of his characters, especially his female leads. Here, we have a male lead and he is less credible than some of Moore's other characters; the climax of the tale is also barely credible. But the character's inner turmoil is nicely done. Not one of Moore's best, but even when not firing on all cylinders, Moore's work is still a cut above the rest.
Oct 06, 2012 Reginald rated it liked it
Although this book feels rather dated I enjoyed it.
The hero Diarmud Devine is a Catholic Schoolmaster in a traditional RC school and, mid thirties, is stuck in a relationless rut with little joy in his life. He meets a Protestant girl and his whole life is turned upside down.
I'm glad I'm not a Catholic!
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Brian Moore (1921–1999) was born into a large, devoutly Catholic family in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His father was a surgeon and lecturer, and his mother had been a nurse. Moore left Ireland during World War II and in 1948 moved to Canada, where he worked for the Montreal Gazette, married his first wife, and began to write potboilers under various pen names, as he would continue to do throughout ...more
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