• By The Lake

By The Lake

By The Lake

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  • Author
    John Mcgahern
  • Publisher
    Vintage
  • Publication date
    18 February 2015

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    By The Lake

  • Author

    John Mcgahern

  • Date Published

    18 February 2015

  • Publisher

    Vintage

  • Pages

    288 pages

  • ISBN

    9780804153195

Book Description

With this magnificently assured new novel, John McGahern reminds us why he has been called the Irish Chekhov, as he guides readers into a village in rural Ireland and deftly, compassionately traces its natural rhythms and the inner lives of its people. Here are the Ruttledges, who have forsaken the glitter of London to raise sheep and cattle, gentle Jamesie Murphy, whose appetite for gossip both charms and intimidates his neighbors, handsome John Quinn, perennially on the look-out for a new wife, and the town’s richest man, a gruff, self-made magnate known as “the Shah.” 

Following his characters through the course of a year, through lambing and haying seasons, market days and family visits, McGahern lays bare their passions and regrets, their uneasy relationship with the modern world, their ancient intimacy with death.

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