5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliant Writer but sadly as unappetising as junket,
This review is from: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback)
A depressed writer writing about a depressed woman and for whom...a depressed reader?? Written in 1953 and set in Belfast with the main character, Judith Hearne, a Catholic 40+ spinster lodging in a furnished room having spent most of her life looking after her elderly aunt. The book follows Judy's descent into alcoholism and questioning her faith. Moore himself as he embarked from Belfast to Canada, aged 20, renounced Catholicism. Like Coetzee's recent autobiographical novels, Moore puts his own sad life into this novel: he is quoted to have said "When I wrote Judith Hearne I was very lonely, writing in a rented caravan, I had no friends, I'd given up my beliefs,was earning almost no money and I didn't see much of a future." This pretty much sums up this book and so Moore did not have to use much imagination to write it! Graham Greene praised Moore highly but while the reader can enjoy the style, realism and at times humour (Judy's visits to the O'Neill family), it is probably a book which masochistic pessimists will love.