A Pagan Place – Edna O’Brien
In a diary-like stream of image, impression, expression and experience, this book catalogues the mundane agony of the poor Irish child confronted at every turn with abundant opportunities for a sensational, scandalous and steadfast descent into eternal fire and damnation.
A PAGAN PLACE is Edna O’Brien’s true novel of Ireland. Here she returns to that uniquely wonderful, terrible, peculiar place she once called home and writes not only of a life there – of the child becoming a woman – but of the Irish experience out of which that life arises – perhaps more pointedly than in any of her other works. This is the Ireland of country villages and barley fields, of druids in the woods, of unknown babies in the womb, of mischievous girls and Tans with guns. Ireland has marked Edna O’Brien’s life and work with unmistakable color and depth, and here she recreates her homeland with a singular grace and intensity.