John McGahern The Leavetaking

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The Leavetaking

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A day, crucial and cathartic, in the life of a young Catholic schoolteacher who has returned to Ireland after a year's sabbatical in London, where he married an American divorc e. As a result he now faces certain dismissal by the school authorities. The novel recreates the story of how the man and the woman broke the shackles of guilt and duty and came to accept a fulfilling adult love.'A beautiful, irresistible work of imagination.' Sunday Telegraph

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John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934 and brought up in the West of Ireland. He is a graduate of University College, Dublin. He has worked as a Primary School teacher and has held various academic posts at universities in Britain, Ireland and America.In the opinion of the Observer, John McGahern is 'Ireland's greatest living novelist'. He is the author of six highly acclaimed novels and four collections of short stories, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, the American-Irish Award, the Prix Etrang re Ecureuil and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Amongst Women, which has won both the GPA and the Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a four-part BBC television series. His work has appeared in anthologies and has been translated into many languages.John McGahern lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.

Review:

A luminous novel of love and acceptance in twentieth-century Ireland—by "one of the best stylists in English prose" -- Newsweek

He has transformed situations and scenes common in experience into something rich and strange, something uncommonly beautiful. -- The Sunday Independent, London

McGahern brings us the tonic gift of the best fiction, the sense of truth—the sense of transparency that permits us to see imaginary lives more clearly than we see our own. -- John Updike

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