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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on literary works by John McGahern. It includes a collection of Paula Meehan, who was inspired by McGahern in the formative years of her own career, pays homage to McGahern with a poem and a memoir. The book explores the sense of resentment and disillusionment in McGahern's novels, drawing parallels between the revolutionary memories of McGahern's protagonists and McGahern's own family experience. It offers a sociological reading of McGahern's representations of love, courtship and sex. The book provides an intriguing comparison between McGahern and Flannery O'Connor, a chronicler of the deep American South, known for her economical, dead-pan, reportorial style. It considers McGahern's representation of a Protestant family in a small Irish community.

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