Memoir (Signed copy)
Signed by John McGahern
First edition first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, 272pp.
Signed and dated to the title page by John McGahern. This copy was signed at the Charleston Festival in 2005 and the entry ticket is included.
An intense and haunted memoir of childhood love and loss. John McGahern's mother died young, of cancer, leaving him in the charge of his father, a police sergeant trapped in a rural station where nothing ever happened, during the war years when Ireland was cut off from the outside world. At the heart of the book, rendered in exquisite detail, are McGahern's memories of his mother and of the pleasures and beauties of the landscape in the harsh, poor environment of County Leitrim. There is an unbearably moving portrait of his mother's drawn-out illness, of her approach to death, and of his own grief. If the book is a moving re-enactment of filial love, it is also an account of the suffocating relationship between a father and his son. The sergeant was a secretive, brutal and mercurial man. In response, the young John McGahern found his way to books and the life of the mind, and a dream that he could himself write books in which language and feeling mattered as much as the mere form of the tale.
This copy is in very good condition. The dustwrapper has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.
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