The Devil's Diary (Flamingo)

 
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Taking as his territory "the sinister shabbiness" of Ireland, the author transforms familiar ingredients - idealistic love and death, sibling rivalry, obsessive lust - into the fabric of a novel.

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Patrick McGinley (1937 - present) is an Irish novelist, born in Glencolumbkille, Ireland. After teaching in Ireland, McGinley moved to England where he pursued a career as a publisher and author. His strongest literary influence is his Irish predecessor; author Flann O'Brien, who McGinley emulates most noticeably in his novel The Devil's Diary. McGinley is the author of eight novels including: Goosefoot (1983) Foggage (1983) The Trick of the Ga Bolga (1986) and most recently The Lost Soldier's Song (1994).

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A psychological mystery with haunting overtones, this novel focuses on a priest tormented by the loss of the Gaelic culture, by the increasing worldliness of religion and by his own sexual desires. After a long illness, Father Jerry McSharry returns home to rural Ireland. The peaceful village he remembers no longer exists; his childhood playmate, Arty Brennan, a poor boy who returned wealthy after 10 years in America, has brought prosperity to the area. To Father Jerry, these changes are "monstrosities that leapt aggressively to the eye." Olga, a sculptor to whom Father Jerry is drawn, seems to be attracted to him but she also admires Brennan. Then Father Jerry's brother Hugo comes back to the village and purchases a farm coveted by Brennan. Hugo becomes the butt of malicious pranks for which he believes Brennan is responsible. Father Jerry doesn't quite believe him until he and Hugo narrowly escape a car crash. Later, Brennan is found dead, and Father Jerry discovers Hugo's "diary" and reads the latest entry: a compelling, supposedly fictional account of Brennan's disappearance. The priest finds himself drawn into the ambivalent world of the diary, which reflects his deepest, darkest thoughts and desires. McGinley ( The Red Men , Foxprints ) tells an evocative, disturbing story of a man who wants to pursue a life of "work, study, and prayer alone" but who is distracted by the world in which he lives.
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