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The Deposition of Father McGreevy Hardcover – May 19 1999


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press (May 19 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885983395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885983398
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 667 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,492,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I adore Booker Prize winners and shortlisted titles. I'm rarely disappointed though each work is unique. O'Doherty wrote a work that celebrates the profound good one truly pious man accomplishes. The story will break your heart. The good suffer.
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By F. G. Hamer on July 29 2001
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To shortlist this ponderous story for the Booker Prize is almost as bad as giving the prize to Ian McEwan for his insubstantial 'Amsterdam'. The beginning of 'The Deposition' roused my interest a little, and I was hopeful that there would be a worthwhile story beyond the opening chapter. I was to be sadly disappointed. Despite increasing boredom, I plodded on, hopeful that things would improve, but was disappointed at the end. And those dreadful footnotes... (aren't I clever, they say).
As one reviewer so aptly put it 'Brian O'Doherty's prose is excellent and, if he could pick a better subject (more content and less waffle) I'm sure he'd end up with a best-seller'.
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The Deposition of Father McGreevy is the story of the collapse of a small village in Ireland at the start of WWII and in a larger sense represents the disappearance of the old Ireland to be replaced by a new more urban Ireland. As is typical of a novel which was on the Booker shortlist it can be read on many levels.
On the surface the story of a village's dissolution after a disease kills only the women is a dark, gothic and relentless tale of loss and suffering. It is also shows the weakening of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, the increasing urbanization of Ireland and numerous human follies. During Father McGreevy's relentless deposition the reader sees that in spite of his earnest, if sometimes naive, efforts the village is going to fail. The reader knows that the good Father has been defrocked and that something disastrous has happened to the village but the novel details his futile efforts to prevent what the reader knows is inevitable. There are signs early in the novel that indicate Father McGreevy's power is not as great as one might think. For instance, there is a reference to an event years earlier involving the IRA when Father McGreevy is told not to interfere in what turns out to be the execution of a captured English army officer. How could a Christian man especially a priest turn his back on such an atrocity? This incident also brings to mind his attitude towards the English. During the Battle of Britain Father McGreevy and the other residents want the English to win but don't mind seeing them get their noses bloodied a little in the process. Did they not think that innocent men, women and children were dying in the process?
The story is relentless, tragic and well written. However, there are some flaws.
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By Barry Firth on March 27 2001
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The beginning got me excited, and I was sure that there would be a worthwhile story to follow. I pushed on, depite increasing boredom, but was disappointed at the end. It's a pity because Brian O'Doherty's prose is excellent and, if he could pick a better subject (more content and less waffle) I'm sure he'd end up with a best-seller. The footnotes were annoying. I wasn't sure whether to go for two stars or three. On balance, I think two is fair.
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By A Customer on March 24 2001
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brian o'doherty's book on the demise of that tiny village in county kerry truly touched my soul. initially i was horrified by the medieval approach to the curse of all the women dying in that bleak winter& the activities that commenced because of that tragedy.however at the very ending,in muris's dream was a powerful & spiritual message of redemption. one that any educated roman catholic would recognize as transforming & healing through jesus christ as the "innocent" lamb slain & the "light"of the world. i would hope the dream sequence would be read with great care & be meditative in content. it could serve as an epiphany.
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