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on 12 February 2012
This is an amazing book which is typical of Michael O'Brien. His Island of The World is one of the best books I have ever read, and The Fathers Tale is on a par with that. As usual for O'Brien there are religious themes threaded into the tale,but in the subtle way that leads you to ponder them in new ways.
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on 18 January 2016
I have just finished this wonderful book! Like all O'Brien's novels, it builds up very slowly and then takes off - by the time I got to the last four or so chapters, it had me in tears - God is so good, in spite of all that the darkness keeps on throwing in. There is a compassion and an awareness of grace in this novel that cannot fail to change the reader - IF the reader is open to receive the blessing. BUT just like Irina in the story, one can remain closed no matter what kinds of beauty come knocking at one's door.
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on 2 August 2013
I am only a few dozen pages into this book but I have found it difficult reading.
The writing is over the top, confusing at times with all the multi-syllabic terminology, wandering all over the place, often going off at a tangent from the main story to indulge in philosophical musings.
Using nick-names for adults (Toffee! Worm!) is embarrassing to read.
Though repeatedly reminding us that funds are short, our hero thinks little of hopping on a plane to take him half around the world, then wonders what he is going to do in Helsinki.
As a Catholic myself, I find his constant references to Catholic religious practices also embarrassing.
And quoting poetry to someone you hardly know, and in the middle of a dance, is just not believeable.
Shall I go on?
I'd be wanting my money back?
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