The Ram of God: A Novel

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Robert Rinehart Publishers, 1996 - English fiction - 283 pages
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Ireland's bestselling novelist offers a story of requited love, revenge, and subterfuge. Suicide, pregnancy out of wedlock, malicious pettiness, and family ties and traditions are all bound together in The Ram of God, as Keane touches on a panoplay of controversial subjects, from the domineering hypocrisy of the Catholic Church to local police corruption and the tragic effects of alcoholism.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Playwright-novelist Keane movingly evokes the pervasive pettiness and prejudice of Irish rural life, blighting dreams and love, in the story of a young man who's destined for the priesthood but is ... Read full review

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Life in the Irish village of Ballybobwan is full of incident. Villagers plot and scheme, pine away for unrequited loves, abuse their families, and drink themselves to early deaths. Edward Drannaghy ... Read full review


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John B. Keane was born in Ireland on July 21, 1928. He attended St. Michael's College, Listowel. By 1945, he was apprenticed to a chemist in Listowel. He eventually took over a small public house and began to write. During his lifetime, he published 46 works including Sive, The Field, Big Maggie, The Streets and Other Poems, Sharon's Grave, Letters of a Matchmaker, Hut 42, Moll, and Durango. In 1999 he won the first Irish PEN Award for Literature. Keane died from prostate cancer on May 30, 2002 at the age of 73.

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