"That They May Face the Rising Sun" was the last novel from John McGahern, one of Ireland's greatest novelists. Joe and Kate Ruttledge have come to Ireland from London in search of a different life. In passages of beauty and truth, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through the ...Read More"That They May Face the Rising Sun" was the last novel from John McGahern, one of Ireland's greatest novelists. Joe and Kate Ruttledge have come to Ireland from London in search of a different life. In passages of beauty and truth, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through the action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. We are introduced, with deceptive simplicity, to a complete representation of existence - an enclosed world has been transformed into an Everywhere.Read Less
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There was no hook to suck you in, and it was awhile into the novel before characters became distinct. However, if you read to the end, not only did you get the payoff of where the title came from you got the payoff of lovely writing. There was a rhythm and a lull to it. It could easily put you to sleep! There was a timelesness to the story. There were moments when words like "computer" and "automobile" came up, and it was as if you had to remember the book was being written now, and not 100 years ago. That contributed to the tranquil quality and the sense of being lulled in the reading.
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