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Aan het meer By John McGahern Anneke Bok Aan het meer Joe en Kate Ruttledge hebben in een dorp aan een meer een boerderijtje gekocht Algauw worden ze opgenomen in de hechte dorpsgemeenschap Buurman Jamesie komt regelmatig langs voor een praatje De licht

  • Title: Aan het meer
  • Author: John McGahern Anneke Bok
  • ISBN: 9789044503074
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aan het meer By John McGahern Anneke Bok Joe en Kate Ruttledge hebben in een dorp aan een meer een boerderijtje gekocht Algauw worden ze opgenomen in de hechte dorpsgemeenschap Buurman Jamesie komt regelmatig langs voor een praatje De licht gestoorde knecht van een nabijgelegen boerderij passeert iedere dag als hij water uit het meer haalt En dan zijn er nog John Quinn, de vrouwenverslinder, en Jimmy Joe McKiJoe en Kate Ruttledge hebben in een dorp aan een meer een boerderijtje gekocht Algauw worden ze opgenomen in de hechte dorpsgemeenschap Buurman Jamesie komt regelmatig langs voor een praatje De licht gestoorde knecht van een nabijgelegen boerderij passeert iedere dag als hij water uit het meer haalt En dan zijn er nog John Quinn, de vrouwenverslinder, en Jimmy Joe McKiernan, de veilingmeester en plaatselijke begrafenisondernemer, die lid is van de IRA McGahern volgt deze en andere personages een jaar lang op de voet in prachtige passages die de schoonheid en de waarheid van kleine dagelijkse handelingen beschrijven Aan het einde van het jaar is het dorp dat van buitenaf een gesloten wereld leek een deel van ons eigen leven geworden.
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    1. Dem on said:

      John McGahern s Novel That they may face the rising sun is the first Novel I have ever read where very little happens and yet everything that does happen is magnified by McGaheran s amazing art of storytelling and the vivid images he creates of Irish rural life.Joe and Kate Rutledge 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 around them unfolds through the action [...]

    2. Canadian Reader on said:

      This is a beautiful novel about Joe Rutledge, a native of Ireland, who returns in middle age to the country of his birth, bringing his wife, Kate A lakeside house is purchased for Joe by his well to do uncle, fondly known as the Shah McGahern follows the rhythms of the couple s life on their small, lovingly tended farm over the course of a year that sees many changes The Rutledges close friendship with their neighbours, the Murphys, is described with considerable nuance, and a range of other dis [...]

    3. Cphe on said:

      This is a gently flowing novel about the inhabitants of a small town in Ireland It s a departure from my usual reading in that this novel certainly couldn t be described as either plot or action driven.There is however a wonderful sense of community, time and place It s where neighbour looks out for neighbour It s a community where everyone knows everyone s business and if they don t know it then they find out There are a cast of characters all with their faults and foibles It s not an easy nove [...]

    4. Siria on said:

      I think it s best to think of That They May Face the Rising Sun less as a novel without a plot and as a fictionalised anthropological study of rural Ireland It s a lucid, serene rendering of the kind of place where I grew up one governed by the rhythms of the landscape and circumscribed by social ritual and interdependence, by the striving towards modernity clashing with the old, old ways of things McGahern s prose style is superb, sentences turning on the most precise and illuminating of detai [...]

    5. Josh on said:

      3.5 Mary stood mutely gazing on her son and his wife as if in wonderment how so much time had disappeared and emerged again in such strange and substantial forms that were and were not her own Across her face there seemed to pass many feelings and reflections it was as if she ached to touch and gather in and make whole those scattered years of change But how can time be gathered in and kissed There is only flesh.

    6. Pierce on said:

      So this was, in effect, McGahern s swan song, and perhaps it was the wrong novel to start with His earlier, darker, sometimes banned stuff gave him his name, but this is not angry or black There s a kind of complexly layered but mostly tender account of rural Ireland given Mam said it s the work of a dying man coming to terms with his life and country he had cancer and that makes a lot of sense Very accessible and written in clear, simple, descriptive prose It tells the story of an Irish couple [...]

    7. Elizabeth on said:

      Loved it Loved it Thanks Ellen for the recommendation This book seems to have a simple plot until you think about the emotionally charged encounters of the characters involved A small community lives around a lake and their everyday comings and goings are chronicled by the author The pace is slow The members of the community are aware of the larger politics and larger world but they only serve as something to discuss They really don t impinge on the closeknit relationships of these people Yet, h [...]

    8. C. on said:

      I really wish I could enjoy this book, but it s driving me crazy The slow pace, the stupid characters by which I don t mean that the characters are badly done but that stupidity is part of their nature , the constant use of the passive voice, the sort of skaz I don t know if I m using this term correctly in the narrative it all combines to make an extremely annoying book.I see exactly what McGahern s doing or I think I see it and kudos to him, because it s brilliant It is a continuous stream of [...]

    9. Kristel on said:

      That They May Face the Rising Sun This was a most delightful read Not a story with a plot but a story of life, seasons passing, the years cycle frames their lives The book is set in rural part of Ireland and is a portrait of a life in a rural lakeside community It s the author s own place, sparsely populated corner of County Leitrim Nothing much really happens yet it is full haymaking, lambing, Monaghan Day, a wake The story has repeating episodes of food, drink, the grey heron, swans, black cat [...]

    10. Malachi on said:

      This is McGahern s masterpiece, a major leap beyond the other novels into a wider frame The characterisation of people like John Quinn and Jamesie and The Shah and others is beyond brilliant, though curiously the two people through whose perspective the story is mediated, The Ruttledges, are pallidly drawn A recurrent question is how well one might know a community without having been born into it And an unstated question is how well the Ruttledges have understood the people they have been deal [...]

    11. Pip on said:

      What a wonderful writer is John McGahern He launches the reader right into the lives of Irish villagers with his careful descriptions of social intercourse Patrick You re shining , Jamesie held out his great hand The two of yous are a sight for sore eyes he said with perfect poise in the middle of the jostling and pushing in the crush around the ring If you didn t leave your manners behind today you d be walked all over Lots of money Because I m a topper, he argued That s what Tom Casey told eve [...]

    12. Stephen Durrant on said:

      A professor in our English Department recommended McGahern as Ireland s finest contemporary writer Then last night a visitor from Ireland to our university, flabbergasted that I was reading McGahern, said that this was completely unlike his other novels, which are much darker and strongly plotted By the Lake is a character study and a tribute to the beauty of a lake in the Irish countryside It has a dolorous tone but is not dark, at least compared to so many other things I ve read lately Moreov [...]

    13. Edel Henry on said:

      A 4.5 star read for sure I loved this book.The characters were so warm and likeable I definitely laughed out loud at Jamesie s one liners on than one occasion McGahern s portrayal of rural Ireland is stunning with small events such as the death of a black sheep taking on profound meaning One of McGahern s strengths is his ability to lure the reader into a false sense of calm with his pastoral reflections and disarm them moments later with the darkness that lurks underneath The tale of John Quin [...]

    14. Arukiyomi on said:

      Now I know what many are going to say on finishing this what the heck was that about Where was the story What was the point And I have to say that had the 1001 books list not pushed me deeper into fiction than I ve been comfortable going, I would have said the same thing earlier in my reading career.Now, however, I can appreciate literature that doesn t need a point, a plot or a polished ending I can just appreciate it for what it is literature pure and simple writing for the joy of being writte [...]

    15. Pat on said:

      A sample of the beautiful writing style They could not live with him and they could not be seen in their own eyes or in the eyes of others to refuse him shelter or turn him away The timid, gentle manners, based on a fragile interdependence, dealt in avoidances and obfuscatons Edges were softened, ways found round harsh realities What was unspoken was often far important than the words that were said Confrontation was avoided whenever possible These manners, open to exploitation by ruthless peop [...]

    16. Ian Mapp on said:

      This book is in my book of 1001 books that I should read before I die Thats the reason I chose it and the reason why I chose to abandon it after only 100 pages It just wasnt for me.There is no plot, nothing happens, the characters are all interchangeable and in the few pages I read I neither learned anything about them, what motivated them and where they were going to go.There are no natural breaks in the book and the relentless prose just goes on and one until the point where I just couldnt tak [...]

    17. Frances Sawaya on said:

      Soon after this book was published I was eager to have a read because of the similarity between the couple in the story and our own Irish life in 1998 we too moved here to lead a simpler life I really could not get into much of the book, however, and was quite disappointed Some clever phrasing, some characters very similar to those all around us some glimpses of life that drive me crazy and some that I admire Par for the course, I guess There is something interesting to note, however We live nea [...]

    18. Becky on said:

      Isn t Ireland wonderful Just the very fact that it exists and old men get drunk there makes for endless tales of rural joy and occasional moments of pain that are so intrinsically wonderful to tell in great detail that there is absolutely no need for anything to happen At all Kate and Ruttledge move back to Ireland from their nasty awful non Irish lives in London and then they grow a few plants and buy and sell a few sheep and that s pretty much it But there s a guy called Jamesie who occasional [...]

    19. Martin Fitzgerald on said:

      I ve read this twice now, and both times been saddened to finish Different from McGahern s other novels, every word of this is rich, not a word used lightly This novel is a tribute to simplicity, the everyday, honoring those who pass through life without fanfare or outward greatness He shows the strength of friendship and community, and the ties that ritual bind In portraying the normal, McGahern quietly wraps a cloak of acceptance around the reader of our unspectacular place in life, and it s c [...]

    20. Mary Lou on said:

      This is a chronicle of a year in the life of a rural community in Ireland Sound s ordinary enough but no it is an extraorinary book.The lives of the characters are rolled out for us with such insight and compassion, against a beautiful backdrop You feel you are there with them and indeed want to be there in this idyllic world If ever a review did not do a book justice this is it.This is a must read.

    21. Kerrie O'Neill on said:

      Probably one of the best books I have ever read A small simple story but so well told His discriptions of nature are so simple but so real They are the people we know If you are from the country I think you will really get this book Melencholly but beautiful.

    22. Pat Mullan on said:

      One of the most heartful, absorbing and most beautifully written books I ve read McGahern was a true rock star Titled By the Lake in its US edition All praises due.

    23. Mindi on said:

      Book club book 3.I kept asking, And until I reached the end John McGahern may be the Irish version of John Steinbeck.

    24. Ian on said:

      Strangely beguiling and deceptively mellow novel of Irish country life The Ruttledges have moved to a village beside a lake and their interactions with their neighbours form the bulk of the story It isn t in truth much of a story, but the characters are singularly sympathetic The Shah local businessman and curmudgeon, James Mary, kindly, nosey gossips, Patrick Ryan the builder, who spends over a year failing to finish putting a roof on a shed, and even John Quinn a charmer, forcing a succession [...]

    25. Jack on said:

      probably the highest rating i can give to a book that provoked a very personal anger in me.i doubt most people who might read this book will have the same experience, but all i can sayis that as someone who grew up in rural ireland, the truth and accuracy in the depiction of the characters in this novel is one of its greatest strengths they spoke like my grandfather, and reading the novel was an entrance into my grandfather s frame of reference to the world without saying much , that s also why [...]

    26. Colm on said:

      I admired this book I can t say that I was enthralled by it, but I m really struggling to accept how impressed by it I am despite that The book is set in rural Ireland, Longford as it happens but it could just as easily be in most other counties without a major metropolitan centre within striking distance Exact setting is unimportant, not because McGahern is uninterested by the surroundings that he so delicately describes but, simply because any Irish person could read this novel and think of a [...]

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    28. Glen on said:

      This is a charming and gentle novel, full of subtleties but, ultimately, a slice of life narrative about late 20th Century life in the Irish countryside The cast of characters is numerous and often colorful, but the anchor and center of the novel are the Ruttledges, moved from London in a kind of reverse migration, their fortune contrasted starkly with Johnny, the brother of one of the book s endearing figures, Jamesie The book is slowly paced and without much in the way of dramatic action that [...]

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