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A lonely English teacher at a Catholic school in Belfast is suddenly made aware of his reputation as an old maid. Mr Devine is shocked and hurt by the unexpected revalation, but he meets Una, a Protestant girl, and their relationship leads him towards a world of excitement and potential tragedy.
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Diarmuid Devine, BA, thirty-seven years old, seems set for a lifetime of bachelorhood – a lonely English master at a Catholic school in Belfast, he is shocked and hurt to hear that his colleagues and students think of him as an old maid. Then he meets Una, a girl seventeen years his junior, with a knowing look in her eyes, a Dublin lilt to her voice and a reputation very different from his own. Their relationship transports him into a world of excitement and joy, but it also makes him vulnerable to the tragic consequences of rejection and scandal...
'Brian Moore is one of the best novelists of our day, a master of tales which strike and of strokes which tell.'
'Brian Moore is surely one of the most versatile and compelling novelists of today. He writes with such grace here, showing the humanity and moral dilemmas with his usual succinctness, yet giving space to exuberant descriptions.'
'Moore is a thoroughbred. A writer who can be elegant and plain... a fine storyteller.'
MELVYN BRAGG, 'Evening Standard'
'He writes simply and economically, but with a true generosity of vision.'
'Brian Moore is astonishing'
Brian Moore, whom Graham Greene called his ‘favourite living novelist’, was born in Belfast in 1921. He emigrated to Canada in 1948, where he became a journalist and adopted Canadian citizenship. He spent some time in New York before settling in California.
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Gut. 2. Aufl. 20,5 cm 240 S. Hardcover. Sprache: Englisch, Zustand: Gut bis Sehr Gut min. gebräunt (Innen); Besitzerstempel (Innen); Einband Außen hat geringe Gebrauchsspuren; Bibliotheksex. mit Klebestreifenrest (Außen); Besitzerstempel auf Schnitt; Kapital sind gering bestoßen; Schutzumschlag fehlt, oder es gibt keinen; 480 Gramm. Seller Inventory # 790696
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 2nd Imp. jacket is shelf rubbed,water marked and a small closed tear. sticker pressed-down,first end page was removed.light marks.well bound. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Seller Inventory # 36yf
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Second impression from 1975. Ex library with usual stamps and markings. Blue cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. Slight rubbing to top and bottom of spine. #9.21. Seller Inventory # 000405
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Seller Inventory # 005826
Book Description Second Impression of the First Edition. Octavo. 240 Seiten. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. The dustjacket with some strange, severe staining to the rear. Otherwise in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Name of preowner on endpaper. Rare ! The Feast of Lupercal is a novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore. It was first published in the United States in 1957, by Boston publisher Little Brown, and in the United Kingdom in 1958 by London publisher André Deutsch. In 1969 a paperback edition was published by Panther Books with the title A Moment of Love. Set in Belfast in the 1950s, the novel tells the story of a 37-year-old Catholic male teacher, Diarmuid Devine, who is single and sexually inexperienced. When he overhears a colleague refer to him as "that old woman", he understands that his life is slipping away from him. He meets and is attracted to a Protestant girl 17 years younger than him, who is on the rebound from an affair with a married man. The poet Patrick Hicks argues that in writing the novel Moore "interrogated the educational system that taught him a version of masculinity that he found unacceptable" and that this enabled him "to become, arguably, one of the first contemporary male novelists with an overtly feminist agenda". In Brian Moore: A Critical Study, Jo O'Donoghue claims that "Moore is nowhere more anti-clerical than in "The Feast of Lupercal". If the novel appears to exaggerate the ugly side of Catholic education it is because Moore retains a great deal of bitterness towards the system of religious education to which he himself was subjected. The novel is an unmitigated condemnation of the kind of Catholicism that denies the freedom of the individual." (Wikipedia) Sprache: english. Seller Inventory # 100570AB