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3.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 5 3.20 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew O'Hagan Narrator: Jerome Pride Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN:
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In a small Scottish parish, an English priest is stalked by the fear of scandal, class hatred, and lost ideals. Over the spring and summer of 2003, Father David becomes friends with two young people, Mark and Lisa; by the year's end, his life is the focus of public hysteria. As he looks back to his childhood, and to Oxford in the fever of student revolt, Father David begins to reconsider the central events of his life, and to see what may have happened to the political hopes of his generation. Meanwhile, religious warfare breaks out on his doorstep.

Here is the eagerly anticipated third novel from Andrew O'Hagan, one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2003 and author of the Booker shortlisted Our Fathers and Personality.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smcalli1 | 2/7/2014

    " I started this book with great expectations and wasn't disappointed in the opening chapter. Mr. O'Hagan has a poets eye for detail and ability to turn a phrase. However, the more I got into the story, the less enchanted I became. While the writing was good, I couldn't get excited about the story. Eventually, I decided to set the book aside. Perhaps I'll come back to it later, but today, I doubt it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karlan | 2/3/2014

    " This novel takes place in Scotland with flashbacks to a priest's days at Oxford. Although born in Scotland, he sounds English and encounters prejudice against both priests and the English in his small parish. The plot surprised me and kept me reading as I learned more about the lonely priest, his past love, his family and why he behaved so strangely with his teenage friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monte | 1/21/2014

    " This burnished gem of a novel has drama, emotional resonance and intellectual power enough to recall one's favorite 19th century writers. At its center is David Anderton, a Scottish-born, Oxford-educated Catholic priest who, after years in England, assumes a parish in working-class Scotland to be closer to his mother, a writer and free spirit. Now in his 50s, David recalls his own passions vividly, but he has traded his 1960s university ideals to favor the Iraq war, and his realizations of romantic love for a life of the cloth. From early on, there's a glaring gap between David's first-person recollections and the elitist, alienating affectations he assumes with others. His Dalgarnock parishioners are suspicious of his education; his only companions are his sardonic but morally stringent housekeeper, Mrs. Poole, and a pair of thuggish teenagers, Mark and Lisa, who remind him of his own youthful rebellions. As Mark and Lisa draw David into their chaotic lives, the novel builds to an inevitable clash between the spiritual and the secular, the adult and adolescent, the utopian 1960s and the neoconservative 2000s. Throughout, O'Hagan (The Missing) enchants with his effortless prose, vivid characters and David's uncanny asides, making O'Hagan's fourth novel a heartrending tour de force. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 12/22/2013

    " Heart-breaking, lonely and complicated...and subversive and sad and just plain well-written. Andrew O'Hagan's powers of perception are way beyond any normal person's ability. He takes what is implicit and makes it explicit. His depiction of these characters' interior lives is supernal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Glickman | 12/21/2013

    " what an exquisite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Issi | 12/16/2013

    " Set in Scotland, a beautifully written book, which deals with a range of social subjects from homosexuality, friendships, love, delinquancy, drugs, alcohol and ultimately illness and death. Father David had an internal crisis from the very beginning, it seems, but until his 'mid life crisis' seemed to have tamed the devil inside him. Sad and touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/10/2013

    " A beautifully written book with some gorgeous imagery and a challenging story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stevie | 10/14/2013

    " I really love this book. Who thought a priest would hang out with swearing drug addicted teenagers; and he is almost having fun!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 9/3/2013

    " i really thought this book was going to be about something else and wouldn't have read it if I knew the content. I guess that will teach me to read a book without looking at some reviews first. Took me forever to finish it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carola | 8/24/2013

    " Had to abandon this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 3/1/2013

    " A Scottish priest with a past life and love of Proust gets too close to two troublesome teenagers.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 1/17/2013

    " Really an incredible book. The restrained yet romantic prose reflects the narrator, an aging and slightly unwilling priest to a parish of uneducated and prejudiced Scots. I highly recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 7/12/2012

    " I read about 100 pages before I put the book down. I just couldn't seem to get into it, which really disappointed me since I had read such an interesting review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/19/2012

    " The narrator is in denial throughout most of the book, and he (almost?) persuades us that he is a decent person. It's been several months since I read it, and I'm still a little iffy as to whether he is a "normal" guy or Humbert Humbert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/17/2012

    " This gorgeously written book is the best thing that I have stumbled across in awhile. It is refreshing to encounter such a nuanced, authentic and slightly contradictory main character. There are many shades of grey on display in this work; it highlights the complexity of being human. Excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 1/8/2012

    " Beautifully written story about a Catholic priest in Scotland making ill-advised choices. Apparently I wasn't in the mood, 'cuz I didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola Potts | 12/28/2011

    " Unusual - definitely worth reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye | 12/8/2011

    " I liked parts of this book, but I found myself wanting to skim to the "good parts." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Chick | 11/26/2011

    " Intelligent and moving story about good man who meets himself for the first time. He makes a bad decision because of loneliness and pays the price. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellin | 8/13/2011

    " I couldn't get into this book and finally started skimming it. I didn't like this book ... also didn't find it particularly credible that the priest would befriend hoodlums. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 7/22/2011

    " A strange, sad, disturbing, thoughtful book, beautifully written than will stay with you for a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 2/2/2011

    " Really an incredible book. The restrained yet romantic prose reflects the narrator, an aging and slightly unwilling priest to a parish of uneducated and prejudiced Scots. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 7/5/2010

    " A strange story of a catholic priest who doesn't seem suited to his work and in his attempts to ingratiate himselve with young parishioners falls from grace. The wreck of his life seemed inevitable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/4/2010

    " A beautifully written book with some gorgeous imagery and a challenging story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/26/2009

    " Intelligent and moving story about good man who meets himself for the first time. He makes a bad decision because of loneliness and pays the price. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hazel | 7/28/2009

    " This one didn't appeal to me although I came to it with high hopes. It's complex and intelligent and politically astute but somehow it just failed to grip me. I just couldn't believe in Father David. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chel | 7/25/2009

    " Loan from ANZLL friend, Jenny

    Good story, daring topic about molestation. Did not write any journal entries for this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barry | 4/19/2009

    " Well-constructed, but in the end I just couldn't see the point: unredeeming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 2/14/2009

    " Excruciatingly good. Never heard of O'Hagan Yay. Because now I can read all his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/11/2009

    " This is an intelligent, beautifully written book. Maybe the plot development is somewhat slow, but I was very impressed by the writing, as well as the story. "

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