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The Resource A history of loneliness, John Boyne

A history of loneliness, John Boyne

Label
A history of loneliness
Title
A history of loneliness
Statement of responsibility
John Boyne
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good." Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store looking for the boy's mother. But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church, and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family. A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation
Summary
A longtime priest in Ireland witnesses a dark period for the Catholic Church in the face of allegations against his colleagues, a downfall that reopens a wound from his past and forces him to recognize his own complicity
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
Library Journal Best Books 2015
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10392021
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
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Boyne, John
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Irish fiction
  • Sexual misconduct by clergy
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Clergy
Target audience
adult
Label
A history of loneliness, John Boyne
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053928548
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9780857520951
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Label
A history of loneliness, John Boyne
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053928548
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9780857520951
Isbn Type
(paperback)

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