A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

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"An honorable Irish priest ... finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to 'the good.' Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374171339
Branch Call Number: FIC Boyne, J 2015
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 12, 2017

Another wonderful read from John Boyne. This time he tackles the theme of loneliness and explores the theme of those who turn a blind eye to others' tragedies through the lifetime of an Irish priest. Are those who observe or turn their backs ultimately as culpable as those who commit the acts of abuse?

Aug 27, 2017

A very delicate theme... The book was really well written and if you are brave enough you should read about this painful journey

Jun 08, 2015

Remarkable. Highly recommended.

brianreynolds May 03, 2015

The title of John Boyne's A History of Loneliness must have reminded me of Nicole Krauss' very excellent The History of Love or I might have passed it over. Hard to see how a title like that would attract much of an audience. In the end, quite aside from the wrenching power of both and beautiful writing in both, the two books share a curious relationship in their naming. While Krauss' novel was really about loneliness and the will to somehow overcome it, Boyne's is really about love, the courage to express it in a very cynical world, the courage to understand it in spite of brutal circumstance, the courage to accept it when faced with its numerous perversions. Aside from the titles, both books are set against the backdrop of unspeakable tragedy: the Holocaust in one and a predatory Catholic Church in the other, and both authors find a memorable character to star in an epic drama. My good fortune: I was shamefully ignorant of both authors until I read these two fine works—neither of them, thankfully, all that historical. And (while I'm at it) both both provide a little challenge to the reader in terms of organization; it's not that events are presented in a random manner, but that the authors know that life isn't necessarily organized particularly well in terms of time or space, and that emotions and motives can be a better way to order things.

Apr 29, 2015

I have a particular weakness for Irish writers and John Boyne proves once again why.
He takes familiar and recent themes and makes the prose just shine. Another great story-teller.

Feb 11, 2015

Very interesting voice and point of view, and a very good read overall.


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