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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
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. 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"--
  • "An honorable priest recalls his life and ultimately confronts his own complicity in the heinous acts of his best friend from the seminary"--
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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  • Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10392021
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6102.O96
LC item number
H57 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
A history of loneliness, John Boyne
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20371918
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780374171339
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014027629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn887605587
  • (OCoLC)887605587
Label
A history of loneliness, John Boyne
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20371918
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780374171339
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014027629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn887605587
  • (OCoLC)887605587

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