The Deposition of Father McGreevy by Brian O'Doherty

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An engrossing narrative in prose filled with grace and poetry, The Disposition of Father McGreevy explores the locus of misfortune and the very nature of evil.
 

About Brian O'Doherty

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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.
 
Published July 31, 2001 by Arcadia Books. 314 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Horror. Fiction

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McGreevy’s deposition constitutes by far the largest part of O’Doherty’s story, carrying the reader through the terrible winter of ’49, when all five of the village’s wives and mothers died then through the next winter, against all odds equally severe and bringing trial upon trial to the remainin...

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What was the cause of the destruction of an Irish mountain village? In the fictive memoir that makes up the bulk of this book, the village's priest recounts the macabre events that began with the swif

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(For what it's worth, a look at the novel's few but well-judged footnotes - I have a soft spot for novels with footnotes - will serve as a primer on aspects of Irish history and culture that Britons should know more about.) This is a strange book, both powerful and understated, reminiscent in m...

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Lamb (or scapegoat) symbols are everywhere, and Maginn--who annotates McGreevy's account--can be all too eager to help us interpret: ""The dead village, with its lost memories, reached back to similar desolations...

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