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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (410 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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