The Deposition of Father McGreevy

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Turtle Point Press, 1999 - Fiction - 404 pages
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In a London pub in the 1950s, editor William Maginn is intrigued by a reference to the reputedly shameful demise of a remote mountain village in Kerry, Ireland, where he was born. Maginn returns to Kerry and uncovers an astonishing tale: both the account of the destruction of a place and a way of life which once preserved Ireland's ancient traditions, and the tragedy of an increasingly isolated village where the women mysteriously die-leaving the priest, Father McGreevy, to cope with insoluble problems. Looking back in time, the book traces how, as World War II rages through Europe, McGreevy struggles to preserve what remains of his parish, and struggles against the rough mountain elements, the grief and superstitions of his people, and the growing distrust in the town below. The Deposition of Father McGreevy is a remarkable story, and a gripping exploration of both the locus of misfortune and the nature of evil. Rich in the details of Irish lore and life, its narrative evokes both a time and a place with the accuracy of a keen, unsentimental eye, and renders its characters with heartfelt depth.

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A visit to a ghost town will inevitably raise the question, "Why did everyone leave?" While "ghost towns" are most often associated in the American mind with the frontier West, this richly evocative ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Brian O'Doherty is the author of two novels and several works of art criticism. He also works as an artist under the name Patrick Ireland.

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