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The Waking of Willie Ryan

John Broderick
Format
Book
Published
Dublin : Lilliput Press in association with the John Broderick Committee, 2004.
Language
English
ISBN
1843510499
Summary
Willie Ryan is an old man who arrives back in his home town in 'the great central plain of Ireland', having escaped from the insane asylum where he was wrongfully incarcerated, and unvisited, by his devout Catholic family for twenty-five years. The given reason for his commitment was an attack on his sister-in-law, Mary Ryan, wife of his brother Michael. The true reason: a homosexual affair with a hedonistic young man who introduced him to art, literature and music. Together with Father Mannix - who was complicit in 'putting away' Willie - Mary conspires to bring about Willie's reconciliation with the Church. When Willie knows he is about to die, he agrees to a private family Mass, setting the stage for a confrontation with Father Mannix - one which will pitch moral integrity against the 'petty bourgeois snobbishness, hypocrisies and pretensions' of the 'little grocer's republic' of 1950s Ireland.
Description
240 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes
  • Originally published: London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1965.
  • "With a foreward by David Norris."--cover.
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