Gaff Topsails PatrickKavanagh Gaff Topsails It is June the Feast of St John the Baptist the Bringer of Light is being commemorated with bonfires ignited on the headlands Father MacMurrough newly arrived and desperately lonely refle
  • Title: Gaff Topsails
  • Author: PatrickKavanagh
  • ISBN: 9780140281392
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
Gaff Topsails PatrickKavanaghIt is June 24, 1948 the Feast of St John the Baptist, the Bringer of Light, is being commemorated with bonfires ignited on the headlands Father MacMurrough, newly arrived and desperately lonely, reflects on a failed love affair Michael Barron, a young mute, falls in love and is puzzled by the way that his life like the tremendous iceberg he and his friends exploreIt is June 24, 1948 the Feast of St John the Baptist, the Bringer of Light, is being commemorated with bonfires ignited on the headlands Father MacMurrough, newly arrived and desperately lonely, reflects on a failed love affair Michael Barron, a young mute, falls in love and is puzzled by the way that his life like the tremendous iceberg he and his friends explore is turning into a dangerous business Mary, an adolescent dreamer, invokes the pagan superstitions of Midsummer s Day in the hopes of divining her future husband Behind them looms the founding father of the village, an Irish castaway, the son of a monk, dead five hundred years Even in the middle of the twentieth century, something of his spirit survives within every soul in the community.
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  1. I think this is an incredible novel Patrick Kavanagh is something of a Joycean, at least enough of one to have helped translate Ulysses into Mandarin If James Joyce had written a novel about Newfoundland, this could ve been what it looked like Kavanagh has taken one day as in Ulysses and threaded his many characters through it It s 24 June 1948, the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist It s also Sweetheart s Day, a local fete, the longest day of the year and 1st day of summer we re told as [...]

  2. This book is set in a small Irish Catholic fishing village on the coast of Newfoundland during a single day June 24, 1948 It is the day that celebrates the feast of John the Baptist and during this day, the author traces the life and thoughts of a small group of people who live in the village Father MacMurrough is a lonely priest, a restless middle aged man who has recently arrived on the island He has come from the New Guinea missions and although he hoped to be posted to China, he has been sen [...]

  3. If you liked The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, then you ll enjoy this The whole story takes place on Midsummers day, 1948, in a small village in Newfoundland The villagers wake to find an iceberg stranded in the bay and their stories all come to life aginst its backdrop There s the priest, a newcomer not sure that he likes his new life, or life at all Michael, mute and a dreamer, climbing the iceberg and falling in love Mad Jonny the Light, a hero and yet dispised by the town Hestia, the wife w [...]

  4. Wonderful, heady, thoughtful book Full of rich prose and a genuine love of language that just doesn t exist in most novels these days I could have sworn it was a novel from the early 1900 s, but instead, I now believe that Kavanagh truly paid attention to the stories of people who grew up during that time He has the nuances down the colloquialsisms the pervading ties to Christianity I feel like I m back in my mother s Ireland, listening by the fireside to the old folks tell tales, and not always [...]

  5. I think three and a half stars would be appropriate It took me a while to get used to the shifting perspectives, but once I did, the story took off It has a definite sense of place and time I haven t read Joyce, so I can t comment on the similarities, but every character has a very distinct voice of their own you really get to know the history that shapes them and the desires that pull them.

  6. If James Joyce and John McGahern had a very strange child, that child would be Patrick Kavanagh, The Novelist This book is simply odd Kavanagh has too much love for naturalistic imagery to go completely crazy and Joycean, and so Gaff Topsails is schizophrenic, and yet basically very boring.

  7. Kavanagh is attempting to paint a big picture of outport Newfoundland, in a similar vein to Michael Crummey with Galore, but is not as powerful However, he did it first, and thus he should be commended Overall, an interesting story.

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