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About the Author

George Moore is an experienced automotive technician and taught in all areas of automotive technology at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, for twenty years. An expert in the field, Mr. Moore has earned the titles of Certified Master Automotive Technician from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Now retired, he devotes his time to automotive consultant service, writing and teaching emissions classes for the Colorado Department of Health. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143853373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438533735
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,414,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book has a preface in French, but the rest of the entire novel is in English. Great deal (free) for a classic piece of literature about desperation and settling in life and the benefit of making a change.
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This is a crucial work in Moore's oeuvre. It marks the furthest extent of his concentration on Ireland and a turning-point at which he recognizes again, as he did in his twenties, that national identity is too limiting for a fully developed inidividual. His next work would be 'Hail and Farewell', which does just that - bids a final, not entirely fond farewell to his homeland. In 'The Lake' the cost of departure is brooded over, at first somewhat tediously but at last with dramatic tenderness. More deliberately than Stephen Dedalus a decade on, the protagonist - a provincial priest - weighs a future of the unknown against a present of stagnant comfort and safe obscurity. The last scene, in which he abandons his cassock and swims to the limits of his strength across a moonlit lake, is among the great moments of daring in literature, anticipating radical breaks for freedom in works by not only Joyce, but also D. H. Lawrence, Somerset Maugham and Jack London.
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A beautiful story, though slow moving, about an Irish Catholic priest who has an epiphany about life and love. While I found myself yelling "get on with it" from time to time, it was still worthwhile. Great descriptions of rural life and nature.
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I found the plot device of speaking through letters to be a little cumbersome. I liked the issues he discussed, but I would have found it easier to follow in a more traditional narrative. It was hard to like the protagonist.

The type font was microscopic.
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