All Will Be Well: A Memoir
"Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.", as Philip Larkin wrote.
Having said that, it is predominantly the story of his childhood, with a relatively small part of the book dedicated to his years as an adult, up to the time of his father's death.
That he would end the book with his father's passing makes sense,since this is basically the story of McGahern's troubled relationship with his father.
McGahern senior was a Garda sergeant living in Police barracks as was normal at that time (the 1 ...more
Memoir is the centrepiece of the jigsaw McGahern has had us put together thr ...more
The three-star rati ...more
An interesting critical discourse arises from Irish writer John McGahern's new memoir. Reviewers who don't count it among his best write as if they've been cheated. By allowing readers a peek behind his fictional scrim, they feel McGahern, who died this past March, at age 71, handicapped their enjoyment of his well-regarded novels by revealing his emotional mother lode of sources. The majority of critics disagreed with that assessment, casting All Will Be Well as a fascinating glimpse into "the...more
I must also say that Ireland in the 1940s & 50s does not seem like it would have been a good place to live! A total theocracy, with ...more
I love the fluency with which McGahern describes his physical world. The sense of place is very strong, an ...more