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Really top notch I only say underrated McGahern has won several noteworthy prizes just because I hadn t heard of him and didn t think he d gotten the recognition he deserves this side of the pond.The writing is beautiful humane, poised, distant, appraising, tender, complexly simple, Chekovian, minutely realized, lucid, almost translucent in its knowingness, and the characters are drawn as near to life as you can get They have inwardness McGahern shows, he doesn t tell, and you see them as they fluctuate amid each other.The title is from the rosary, of course, but its also the quietly frustrated, occasionally bitter and abusive state of affairs of Moran, the main character Moran is a widower but he is also an ex IRA solider, a fine and intelligent one at that, whose war is over in everywhere but the arena of his bitterness He s surrounded by women his three daughters, the middle aged Rose who, undaunted by his gruff, irascible, brittle broodingness, forthrightly agrees to marry him Indeed, Moran would be the last one to admit it, but she does him the favor of his life by not only making the first move but consistently and selflessly devoting herself to the attention, friendship, and responsibility of Moran s only castle Great Meadow, his proud and distinctly distant home, and his family where he is equally loathed and respected It s so true to life How many times has a friendly, wise, personable woman decided to align herself with a man who is anything but McGahern captures this real life paradox with knowing distance she s a pushover,times than she should be and gentleness she knows there s a better man deep inside Moran, if she could only cull him from Moran s piety, repressed self hatred, and murky piety There are two sons, Luke and Michael, who each have warred with the man figuratively and metaphorically and found some struggle of tenuous peace Peace, I should add, which does NOT come dropping slowWhat started to really take over for me, as a reader, and maintained its pull was how I read this novel with that sort of hazy clarity which reminds you of moments in your own life which you d forgotten or repressed for one reason or another I hate to quote a book blurb, but I really do have to hand it to John Updike s luminous praise, given as the chair of an award panel McGahern brings us the tonic gift of the best fiction, the sense of truth the sense of a transparency that permits us to see imaginary livesclearly than we see our own When Moran is angry, disappointed, emotionally wounded, or confused he does what so many men especially in the era in which Amongst Women takes place, the 50 s automatically do with stoicism and almost unconscious deliberation, they go to the cave , as it were Be it the den, the tool shed, the bar, the garden, the tv room, whatever they do not run away so much as stomp around inside themselves, mending or fixing or sitting somewhere alone and staring off into space Moran tends to the fields it s his cave, it s where he goes to puzzle things out, let off steam it s where his privacy won t be violated It s of course the once place where he doesn t violate the privacy of others, which is his curse, but it s also where he takes people in.It reminded me of my grandfather, a stoic, pleasant, repressed, uneducated first generation Swede who never said much of anything by way of conversation and was maddeningly trite when he did I think I literally had 2 or 3 5 minute plus conversations with him about anything, and I tried, as did my mother and siblings, in the thirty years I knew him Not a bad man, or a hard one, as Moran certainly is, but inscrutablyordinaryOne day we were standing on the carpet next to the tv when he said, apropos of nothing, want to look at my tools Uh, sure, let s go We walked down into the cool, dry, mostly empty basement He opened the door to his shop , pausing to nod at the newspaper clipping taped to the door of soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima I was there when they did that he said, ambling towards the shelves He wasn t, I have on good authority We stood there as he pointed out his plastic shelves of tiny screws, different lengths of nails, and so on He showed me his saws, hammers, screwdrivers, one by one He explained how long they were and how one fit with its proper tool I didn t say anything I didn t have anything to say He turned at one point and said it was his favorite place You could get lost in here That s it We walked upstairs and that s all I remember Moran hides in his fields, in his solitude, because the country he fought for is taken over by small minded gangsters , he refuses his government pension, he barks insults at the daughters whose futures he is frightened of and mistrusts His constant insistence on praying the rosary is equally as intense as his who cares, anyway remark, which he makes on matters relating directly to him and to those around him He s caught between an indifference he feels politically from the country he was proud of fighting for and has now somehow gone past him and the proud, sullen self sufficiency he has spent a lifetime accumulating He has the insecurity about appearances which equally, indelibly marks the intensely private and the deeply embarrassed not the same thing I don t know as much about 20th Century Irish politics as I ought to, but the point has been made to De Valerain Home Rule enclosure, rural insularity, fetishization of old fashioned home and hearth It does seem interesting, going through the novels which came before, how true it indeed is that the best and brightest seem to feel it existentially necessary to get the hell out of the emerald isle Exile is a literary theme and, often enough, political necessity all over the 20th Century I wonder is Mother Ireland old sow, farrow devouring a microcosm Or a symptom I hadn t come across this book until I received it as a gift from a Goodreads friend, but I found it both a poignant and powerful read.Set in rural Ireland over a lengthy period in the mid 20th century, it tells the story of the family of Moran, a man who fought in the War of Independence as the head of a flying column, but was left behind by the bureaucrats once the struggle was won, and who now farms in the west of Ireland.From the earliest point in the narrative, we see that Moran s relationship with his family is a complex one His eldest child, Luke, has already become estranged from his father, and his three daughters, Maggie, Mona and Sinead and son, Michael, live in the shadow of his moods A widower early in life, his contraryness is very much in evidence throughout his courtship of Rose, who on marrying him becomes a rock in the house of Great Meadow.As the years pass, McGahern does a great job in conveying how rural life really doesn t change that much, and emphasises the rigid routine within the family, yet is able to chart each member s life journey, children of whom Moran is proud, yetoften than not, children who are effected by his actions in negative ways Despite this, the overriding feeling is one of a tight knit group, with particularly the females in the family being devoted to their patriarch to the very end.This is a short but amazingly rich and complex novel There are many stories of Irish men of Moran s generation who struggle to express themselves emotionally, but none that I ve come across that do so as successfully As a reader, I felt both distaste at many of Morgan s actions, yet compassion as his love for his family was evident throughout While Moran is an extreme case, I d say that there are few people who read this novel who grew up in any part of Ireland who haven t seen some of his traits in their own father.Definitely a book that I d recommend to others, and a great way to start my 2015 reading year. @DOWNLOAD E-PUB ´ Amongst Women ⚝ Moran Is An Old Republican Whose Life Was Forever Transformed By His Days Of Glory As A Guerilla Leader In The War Of Independence Now, In Old Age, Living Out In The Country, Moran Is Still Fighting With His Family, His Friends, Even Himself In A Poignant Struggle To Come To Terms With The Past The book and the movie had many mostly small differences Some things left out, some things added in, some things in a different order, some things between characters different in the series than they were in the book All of which added up to different stories, almost Almost, but not quite.Interesting Moran s idea of the family And the house It almost seemed like the house was a character in and of itself Don t embarass yourself, and don t embarrass the house , one of the children is told, when she goes out to a dance paraphrasing Interesting too, the way he accepts every one of the children s choices of spouse, If it ll do you, it ll do me , he says each time It seemed like alcohol was a sub theme of the book Moran doesn t drink any he used to He tells McQuaid when McQuaid his old lieutenant from the war for independence comes for Monaghan Day, that he can t drink any In many ways, the author makes clear, that Moran s need to hold himself separate from the rest of his community is not a common thing for the time, or for the place.Anyway, interesting book picked up from the library ISBN is 0140092552, or 978014092554, which is tied to this edition, but that cover isn t the book in my hand, the cover on this card is The date on this card is wrong tho, it says 1991 published, copyright in book says 1990 Anyway, this is the book I checked out Interestingly, they mounted the paperback cover onto a hardcover cardboard, and then mounted the book inside Kinda ingenious Have already watched the BBC series, looking forward to reading the book now My home library didn t have this title, but the state wide catalog did it also had a DVD series available, which I requested in addition to the book The DVD arrived, still waiting on the book The DVD is a Parallel Films production for BBC Northern Ireland in association with RT and Bord Scann n na h ireann , according to the state wide library catalog On IMDB, it s described as a 4 episode television series I normally don t like to watch a book before I read the book, but I popped it in anyway Watched episode one so far, it s really good I m really busy, you guys I ll review both this and Blindness by tomorrow, or latest by the day after, I promise Don t let them pull wool over your eyes The war was the cold, the wet, standing to your neck in a drain for a whole night with bloodhounds on your trail, not knowing how you could manage the next step towards the end of a long march That was the war not when the band played and a bloody politician stepped forward to put flowers on the groundp.5 It was like grasping water to think how quickly the years had passed here They were nearly gone It was in the nature of things and yet it brought a sense of betrayal and anger, of never having understood anything much Instead of using the fields, he sometimes felt as if the fields had used him Soon they would be using someone else in his place It was unlikely to be either of his sons He tried to imagine someone running the place after he was gone and could not He continued walking the fields like a man trying to seep.130 The central character of this story is central in the way a cloud is central to a storm Michael Moran, father of five and widower remarried, draws people into familial connection through a dark and dangerous and magnetic moodiness His daughters, and even perhaps his far away sons, have become trained to believe that this feeling of separateness and isolation that comes from being a part of a deeply dysfunctional family is actually a form of superiority Moran s youngest son Michael has escaped perhaps the least harmed, as his sisters shielded him from his father for much of his childhood and he ran away not so long after they left But Moran s eldest son, who left and never returned, leads a life very different from Moran s, but has an air of intensity and withdrawal that sadly hints at his father s.One of thepainful conflictual moments of the book though there are many comes when Moran refuses to support his daughter Sheila after she gets accepted to university If she were to go to university she would be come different and better than the family, it would keep all of the family from being on equal, humble terms, though Moran is far from humble and what he really means to do is control his daughters every move He needs to be the center of attention, and he refuses to be out shined by any of his children, or to have them be so far from him they are no longer vulnerable to his whims What Moran says and what Moran does are two very different things, and when he insists on the equality of family members, what he means is, well, everything else There is a coded life being lived here in which all that is said means nothing in comparison to the tone set by Moran, dictatorial and insistent A goodreads reviewer posits an interesting theory, or, I will state it in the form of a question Do we need another book with a shitty father I don t know how to answer that I don t tend to think in terms of repetition because I think books and themes are endlessly repetitive I tend to read books on their own terms, not because every shitty father is different and all good ones are the same in an oft misquoted or misdirected Tolstoyan way, but because each book with a shitty father is a different book Unhappy or not, family relationships are part of larger equations Some hint at fable istic connections, and others resemblemythical archetypes This particular relationships is set up I think to show how the political is personal, the historical is personal, and it is also to a certain degree allegorical Moran is a man who is disillusioned by the political reality He fought a war with a certain idealism and what he learned was that all sides of the fighting were tied up in corruption He cannot come to terms with his role as pawn, and so he becomes the master of his own kingdom, his little home, and refuses to let the outside world in except by way of his children who are allowed to bring little pieces of the outside world in, filtered as they are through the eyes of people he trained in how to see and what to say.All of that said, there are ways in which every closed system fails to stay entirely closed, and this is true of Moran It is not that he changes necessarily over time, but there is a certain mellowing of the rules after his children all leave, because there must be It is either that, or he has to leave them all behind The damage that he has done to his family will clearly influence generations, people will be allying themselves with or against Moran and that will influence decision making and quality of experience for years and years to come Just so, the political conflicts that are going on, that have brought Moran so much misery, will shift and change but continue to influence life in Ireland on many levels And what of Moran s misery Is he too idealistic Too violent Did an impractical idealism cause him to be so unhappy What happens if this kind of idealism is lost Then is every person for themselves Is this novel asking us to call into question our deeply held beliefs about how the world should be run Or are we to feel a certain solidarity with or compassion for Moran s desire to live in a less corrupt world This book had no plot to speak of and at first I was not drawn to it, but I found after thirty pages or so I couldn t put it down It was not because I wondered what would happen But I was drawn into the web of it Curious to see how the three daughters and two sons, and how Rose, would continue to interact with Moran It is like a locked room mystery without the mystery or the locked room But it has that feeling of horror and air less ness And yet there is lightness at certain moments too To see how the siblings try to navigate their strange loyalties to their father and try to help each other escape him, all at the same muddled time To see the rebellion and yet the inability to leave they all take their father with them, whether they mean to or not And the specialness they feel because of their father s way of setting apart the family from others That, in the end, may be the most damaging thing to their potential happiness It is interesting to me that I learned about the author because he wrote the introduction to Stoner which I read recently There are certain tonal similarities between the two writers, but I never had the feeling of awe reading this that I did while reading Stoner They both hone in on complex and disturbing family dynamics and intertwine them with the larger political landscape in small but poignant ways.Rose, Moran s second wife, is an outsider who becomes an insider, but she s a curious figure in this book I know there must be a lot to say about her dual role here She is not as brain washed and cowed as the Sheila, Mona and Maggie are, and she cares for and protects the children, but she still defends Moran in ways which are troubling McGahern explores how loyalty works in a family in ways which are quiet and dark and sometimes lit up as by a lightning storm, with occasional bright flashes Here are some quotes from the book These visits of his daughters from London and Dublin were to flow like relief through the house They brought distraction, something to look forward to, something to mull over after they had gone Above all they brought the bracing breath of the outside, an outside Moran refused to accept unless it came from the family Without it there would have been an ingrown waiting For the girls the regular comings and goings restored their superior sense of self, a superiority they had received intact from Moran and which was little acknowledged by the wide world in which they had to work and live That unexamined notion of superiority was often badly shaken and in need of restoration each time they came home Each time he met them at the station his very presence affirmed and reaffirmed again as he kissed them goodbye Within the house the outside world was shut out 93 It was like grasping water to think how quickly the years had passed here They were nearly gone It was in the nature of things and yet it brought a sense of betrayal and anger, of never having understood anything uch Instead of using the fields, he sometimes felt as if the fields had used him Soon they would be using someone else in his place It was unlikely to be either of his sons He tried to imagine someone running the place after he was gone and could not He continued walking the fields like a man trying to see 130 Tears slipped down their faces as they repeated the Our Fathers and Hail Marys Maggie had begun her Mystery when it grew clear that Moran was trying to speak She stopped and the room was still The low whisper was unmistakable shut up They looked at one another in fear and confusion but Rose nodded vigorously to Maggie to ignore the whispered command and to continue She managed to struggle back into the rhythm of the prayers when Mona cried out, Daddy s gone They got up off their knees and stood over the bed Weeping loudly Maggie and Sheila embraced one another and Mona ran angrily from the room, slamming doors on the way, shouting, That doctor shouldn t have been let give him that injection this morning Rose turned to Maggie, Would you mind going after Mona to see that she s all right I think that must be Michael s car I hear turning in at the gate Some of the anger at the death veered towards Michael as soon as he appeared in the hallway Being left on the periphery of what was happening he had become bored and driven to town with his son You re a nice gentleman You couldn t even manage to be in the house when Daddy was going He did not realize at first what had taken place and put up his hands in jocose surrender to these fierce and impossible women but wen very pale and still as soon as he understood that his father had just died Gently Rose opened the door to the room and he nodded silently to her and went in The she took his son by the hand The child and woman went from the room to room until they had stopped each clock in the house and covered every mirror 180 All through the night they kept vigil by his side Time should have stopped with the clocks but instead it moved in a glazed dream of tiredness without their ticking insistence Morning stole over the fields The callers continued coming to the house throughout the day At six the body would be taken to the church As it drew closer to six the minutes seemed to race. A short book, but claustrophobic in its persistent domestic dysfunction, its unrelentingly dissatisfied central character, its unsympathetic disdain for chapter breaks Irish Catholic patriarchs are a breed apart, but a specific breed nonetheless my childhood best friend s father was the living manifestation of Moran, at sea in a household of mostly women, who turned to him for direction and a sense of purpose, needing him to feel necessary and connected while at the same time resenting it Moran s repeated refrain, that all of his children are equal, no one better oraccomplished than another, is both evenly democratic and coldly isolating A belief that one s family defines one s station, but no one can rise above their station, is both a relief and an obstacle One makes room for it, as most of Moran s family does, or denies it outright, like Luke, but there is no compromise I can see why McGahern was selected to write the forward for NYRB s edition of Stoner, even though McGahern is distinctly Irish and Williams is distinctly American, the writing in both is patient, lyrical, and meditative A life is illustrated over decades, and no one great thing happens, but many small things, that add up to the influence of a man whose small circle has felt him deeply. I thought that this was written superbly neat.Really, this is a good polished book A character study of an aging father okay, like me Then the women thus, the title and of course with Ireland in the 60 s as a setting, the man prays the rosary around him Michael Moran served as a guerrilla in an Ireland War of Independence and he is proud of it Now that this glory days are gone, he is left in his old house with his second wife and his three daughters visit him occasionally His two sons are distant from him, literally and figuratively Halfway in my reading, I thought that I was not relating to Moran He is a soldier I am not , he has sons I don t have , he works in the field I don t but oh, the way he retreats to himself when faced with issues that he, for whatever reason, cannot confront Honestly, I do that Then I realized, looking back, some scenes just came rushing back to my mind my father used to do that too And my wife s father, and my friend s father It s different when at work that you are compelled to face all the issues because that is your job like my job as a manager in the office But not when things are personal and you don t have that wall to protect yourselves from pain or possibly for giving pain especially to your loved ones.I like this kind of book That when you are reading, it is as if you are not just holding a book but a mirror as well Books that can make you realize who you are and how you sometimes behave that hurt other people Moran in the story thinks that by retreating, issues are solved since people are unhurt However, he and me sometimes is not aware that silence is also a statement Silence does not always translate to tranquility Silence or stillness can also mean turbulence.That s what makes this book, unique It s a simple book but it speaks to me personally as a man, as a father, as a friend.Well done, McGahern I will surely pick another book by you if I see one in our bookstores Darn, why did I only know you now This is a short, austere and powerful story of a family dominated by a proud and petty tyrant I remember seeing some of a bleak TV adaptation many years ago, which left me doubting whether I would enjoy the book, which I read as part of The Mookse and the Gripes group s latest project to discuss a historic Booker shortlist, this time 1990, which was the year when Possession won the prize.Moran is a widowed veteran of the Irish wars of independence who runs a small farm with his five children The opening part of the book introduces the family as they get together in his old age to try and revive his failing spirit It is already clear in this section that he is a proud and difficult man to live with The rest of the book is chronological, starting when his three daughters and youngest son are teenagers but the eldest son Luke has already left for London He marries the self effacing and saintly Rose, who has to do all of the running to get them together but soon forms a powerful bond with the three daughters Moran s violent temper and unpredictable mood swings are oppressive even to the reader The story follows Moran as his remaining children move away, with all but the estranged and unforgiving Luke returning to the farm frequently.McGahern eventually succeeds in making you understand why the family tolerate and even love this monster, and by the end of the book one almost feels sorry for him This is an eloquent and ultimately rather beautiful book.