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The Bogman

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An orphan returns from Dublin to live with his tyrannical grandfather in a small village in the country. Walter Macken paints a memorable portrait of the hard life of subsistence farming, of loveless arranged marriages, and of rebellion against suffocating social mores.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Brandon/Mount Eagle (first published 1972)
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Tommy
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very believable account of the way of life in the rural Ireland of the past. When the poorhouse loomed for those who couldn't pay their debts. Villages and rural areas decimated by emigration. Sons and daughters leaving for America not knowing if they would ever see their families again, A depressing picture of the times long ago which we could be seeing about to happen again :-(
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Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Walter Macken...wow, I'm going to hunt down every book you ever wrote. Stumbled across a review for the "The Bogman" in an Irish magazine and was curious about it. It was published in 1952 and tells the story of Cahal Kinsella an Irish bastard reared in a public institution and released to the care of his Grandfather just as he is on the verge of manhood. He enters the village Caherlo and here is where the story is spun. Depressing? Well, maybe...sad, yeah, a little but in the end..ehhhh, you be ...more
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Interesting take on Ireland's tradition of matchmaking - definitely not painting it in a positive light. The power of small communities can be fearful too, even creating a mob like atmosphere.
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Walter Macken was an Irish writer of short stories, novels and plays.

Originally an actor, principally with the Tadhbhearc in Galway, and The Abbey Theatre, he played lead roles on Broadway in MJ Molloy's The King of Friday’s Men and his own play Home is the Hero. He also acted in films, notably in Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow. With the success of his third book, Rain on the Wind, he devoted hi
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