Love and the world
Marriage and McGahern’s late vision
in John McGahern
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When the short story collection Creatures of the Earth appeared several months after John McGahern's death in 2006 it contained two stories that had been published separately in the 1990s, the title story and 'Love of the World'. Creatures of the Earth, 'Love of the World' and That They May Face the Rising Sun explore the world and our relationship to it through the prism of marriage. The centrality of marital relationships to the three texts forms a more natural grouping and invites us to respond to McGahern's final works of fiction in a new way. Throughout his writings the experience of love functions as the agency through which many of his characters negotiate their place in the world. The connection between marriage and the rural established at the end of The Pornographer persists in McGahern's subsequent work.

John McGahern

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