That They May Face the Rising Sun, Paperback Book
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


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No. This book did not pass the Nancy Pearl Rule of Fifty - but I am rather old so it didn't involve much reading before I decided that this wasn't sufficiently engaging to keep me going. I was not troubled by a lack of action or slow pace - I love books where nothing much happens. But I do need to find some special insight into people, relationships, behaviour etc. I was finding this story a bit too much of a narrative of people's lives written from the outside perspective. I was wanting more inside information. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible. It's just that when you get to my age you don't have much reading time left and you can't waste it on something which is only just: "meh". I might come back to it if I'm still alive in ten years time and I've run out of better books. No, I take that back. Good new books are being written at a faster pace than I can read them so there will always be something more attractive on my TBR pile.

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