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The Lake

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Tells of an Irish priest's loss not of faith, but of commitment to the principles fostered in him during his training. It describes his discovery of a more fulfilling religion that celebrates instinct as being man's true mode of communion with his soul, and is also about the satisfactions of living close to nature in Ireland. The atmosphere of the Mayo countryside and the ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by IndyPublish.com (first published January 1st 1905)
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Chance Maree
Jul 01, 2011 Chance Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First published in 1905, The Lake is a naturalist novel written by George Augustus Moore, who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist, and whose work influenced the like of James Joyce, or specifically, James Joyce. --Thus says Wiki. I read the novel in that context, so as not to expect modern American literary or social explorations that I've come to love after reading, say, David Foster Wallace or Thomas Pynchon.

The joke was on me. Today, in the Magazine section of NYT I re
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Jay Oza
Mar 04, 2011 Jay Oza rated it really liked it
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Roderick Mcgillis
May 20, 2016 Roderick Mcgillis rated it really liked it
When I was an undergraduate, I read Esther Waters and thought the book was astonishing, if a bit silly at one point. Years later I come to The Lake. It took me some time to get into the book, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Once again, this is an astonishing book to have appeared in 1905. And it shows remarkable sensitivity to gender issues.The story is about a priest who falls in love with a woman of much charm and no little disrepute. But what impresses are the flowers and trees of west Ireland. ...more
Elizabeth Grubgeld
Mar 23, 2016 Elizabeth Grubgeld rated it it was amazing
If your edition of this book has "Rose" as Father Gogarty's correspondent, put it away and get the wonderful revision of 1921, in which the woman's name is "Nora." The early book is okay, but rather chatty and digressive. The 1921 version is gorgeous, a completely different and so much better book. Instead of conversations about topical matters, we get a masterful rendering of a man's inner life, a man who knows himself so little that we, the reader, understand him far more than he understands h ...more
Nancy Jurss
Oct 28, 2016 Nancy Jurss rated it liked it
Story of a priest, Father Oliver, set in rural Ireland early in the last century. He becomes friendly with a young woman in the parish. She becomes pregnant by a man outside of the parish, and after the priest berates her for her behavior, moves to London. As time goes by, Father Oliver realizes that his feelings for her are personal, and he tries to establish a new relationship with her outside of her parish. She is not interest and Father Oliver us forced to confront whether to try and get bac ...more
Mark G. Garcia
A change of heart

A beautiful story, though slow moving, about an Irish Catholic priest who has an epiphany about life and love. While I found myself yelling "get on with it" from time to time, it was still worthwhile. Great descriptions of rural life and nature.
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Feb 07, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
no plot. lots of description. some interesting inner monologue of the priest.
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A priest falls in live, but doesn't realize it. A parable of Moore's hopes for Ireland.
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George Augustus Moore (24 February 1852 – 21 January 1933) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, County Mayo. He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day.

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