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All Will Be Well by John McGahern
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Feb 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir-biography, irish
Read in February, 2009

This is a beautifully written and thoughtful book about a very complex and turbulent family. The deepest conflicts and violence of the family was clearly portrayed but the author did not rub the readers nose in the mess. I felt the book gave me further insight into the long conflict between church & state in Ireland and into the lives of country people in Ireland in the mid 20th century.

I love the fluency with which McGahern describes his physical world. The sense of place is very strong, and the role of the natural world clearly drawn.


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