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2003 Shortlist

That They May Face the Rising Sun

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

From the very opening pages, we see the many memorable characters as they move about Joe and Kate Ruttledge, who have come to Ireland from London in search of a different life. There is John Quinn, who will stop at nothing to ensure a flow of women; Johnny, who left for England twenty years before in pursuit of love; and Jimmy Joe McKiernan, head of the IRA, both auctioneer and undertaker. The gentle Jamesie and his wife Mary embody the spirit of the place. They have never left the lake but know everything that ever stirred or moved there.
The drama of a year in the lives of these and many other characters unfolds through the action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play – an enclosed world is transformed into an Everywhere.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR John
McGahern

McGahern was the son of a policeman who had once been a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). While taking evening courses at University College (B.A., 1957) in Dublin, he worked as a teacher. His first published novelThe Barracks (1963), tells of a terminally ill, unhappily married woman. Praised for its brilliant depiction of Irish life and for its sensitive portrayal of despair, the work won several awards. The Dark (1965) is a claustrophobic portrait of an adolescent trapped by predatory male relatives in a closed, repressed society. McGahern’s frank sexual portrayals in this novel earned the wrath of Irish censors, and he was asked not to return to his teaching job. His later novels include The Leavetaking (1974) and The Pornographer (1979). Perhaps his most acclaimed work is Amongst Women (1990), which centres on a tyrannical father who was a former IRA leader; it was adapted into a popular television series (1998) for the British Broadcasting CorporationThat They May Face the Rising Sun (also published as By the Lake) appeared in 2002. (from Brittanica)

McGahern was the son of a policeman who had once been a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). While taking evening courses at University College (B.A., 1957) in Dublin, he worked as a teacher. His first published novelThe Barracks (1963), tells of a terminally ill, unhappily married woman. Praised for its brilliant depiction of Irish life and for its sensitive portrayal of despair, the work won several awards. The Dark (1965) is a claustrophobic portrait of an adolescent trapped by predatory male relatives in a closed, repressed society. McGahern’s frank sexual portrayals in this novel earned the wrath of Irish censors, and he was asked not to return to his teaching job. His later novels include The Leavetaking (1974) and The Pornographer (1979). Perhaps his most acclaimed work is Amongst Women (1990), which centres on a tyrannical father who was a former IRA leader; it was adapted into a popular television series (1998) for the British Broadcasting CorporationThat They May Face the Rising Sun (also published as By the Lake) appeared in 2002. (from Brittanica)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
26/10/2002
Country
Ireland
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Faber and Faber

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