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For the first half of the book, it was five stars all the way. Beautiful writing, lifelike description, great sense of place, mood and character. Excellent dialog. Read morePublished 1 month ago by now what
This is the third book by O'Hagan that I have read. I think he is a great writer. This one tells of a priest who is transferred to a small town in Scotland and who becomes a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Whitgrove
This book left me completely puzzled. Why, I asked myself, juxtapose seeming poetic expressions with punk dialogue? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gardener
This book is about a priest falsely accused of pederasty, but rightly accused of gay desire. Ninety percent of the book is a fascinating analysis of a man who faces an emotional... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane D. Anderson
I can not think of another kind of praise for my enjoyment in this book. While the kid's talk seemed harsh, all else moved smoothly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Capnlouie
Andrew O'Hagan's wonderful novel is written against the well-known trope implied by my title. A Catholic priest comes to a depressed village where Mass attendance is down, and many... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Roger Brunyate
For me this was a difficult book to read. At times O'Hagan's prose soared into irrelevancy as his character David Anderton, a middle-aged Catholic priest with a small parish in... Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by John Rice
He cultivates roses and savors wine and haute cuisine. He loves Chopin -- indeed, any music with "a sigh in it" -- and is devoted to Proust's colossal novel. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by John K. Neilson