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That They May Face the Rising Sun par John…
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That They May Face the Rising Sun (original 2002; édition 2003)

par John McGahern

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From the very opening pages, we see many memorable characters as they move about the Ruttledges, who have come from London home to Ireland in search of a different life. There is John Quinn, who will stop at nothing to ensure a flow of women; Johnny, who left for England twenty years before in pursuit of love; and Jimmy Joe McKiernan, head of the IRA, both auctioneer and undertaker. The gentle Jamesie and his wife Mary embody the spirit of the place. They have never left the lake but know everything that ever stirred or moved there. The drama of a year in the lives of these and many other characters unfolds through the action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. With deceptive simplicity, by the novel's close we feel that we have been introduced to a complete representation of existence. An enclosed world has been transformed into an Everywhere.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:That They May Face the Rising Sun
Auteurs:John McGahern
Info:Faber and Faber (2003), Paperback, 304 pages
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Pour qu'ils soient face au soleil levant par John McGahern (2002)

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McGaherns roman fra 2002 lever især i kraft af sine stille natur- og miljøbeskrivelser. John og Kate Ruttledge er flyttet tilbage til Irland efter mange år i reklamebranchen i London, og de har købt en lille landejendom ude på landet. I det lille samfund spejles den store historie – børnene flytter til byen, borgerkrigen og kampen om Nordirland er stadig en del af identiteten – men det lever også i sin egen ret, og romanen er ikke mindst en hyldest til det ærlige liv på landet.

Romanen følger Ruttledge og deres naboer over et års tid, så man får fornemmelsen af årstidernes skiften og naturens rytme, mens forståelsen af stedet langsomt foldes ud. Vigtigst er relationen til de elskelige naboer Jamesie og Mary. Deres børn bor i Dublin, og hans bror er mange år tidligere flyttet til England på grund af en kvinde. Nu er et af årets højdepunkter, når han hver sommer kommer hjem. På overfladen i hvert fald for da han foreslår at flytte permanent hjem, kommer paraderne op. At leve med ham år ud og år ind går ikke, men det kan man jo dårligt sige.

De små gårde har får og kvæg, og dyreholdet har sit eget årshjul. Unger kommer til og bliver kærligt beskyttet af mødrene og af menneskene, der holder af dem. Men de bliver også store, fårene skal have fjernet mider fra ulden og én gang om året køres de store kalve til markedet, hvor de bliver solgt. Det er en stor og højtidelig dag, som meget økonomi afhænger af – ikke mindst for Jamesie og Mary, der ikke som John og Kate kan supplere med indtægter andre steder fra. Det lille samfund holdes både sammen af menneskelig interesse og et gensidigt behov for hjælp og støtte, når høsten skal i hus eller praktiske opgaver skal løses.

Andre dele af den bredere historie er også tydelig. Der er Bill Evans, der engang blev født uden for ægteskab og opdraget brutalt i kirkelige institutioner, inden han blev placeret som hushjælp på en af de andre små gårde. Der er IRA-manden, der har siddet fængslet i England for gennemførte og planlagte angreb, og som nu passer bar og bedemandsforretning, mens han fortsat organiserer kampen. Der er præsten, som den ikke-religiøse Ruttledge har et anstrengt forhold til, selvom han også gør en stor social indsats.

På nogle punkter kan man se, at tingene går fremad. Bill Evans får en lille beskyttet bolig i byen, og en af de lokale skørtejægere, der i fuld offentlighed voldtog og ydmygede sin første kone på deres bryllupsdag, må sande, at han ikke kan løbe om hjørner med sin nye brud.

Det er altså ikke et rosenrødt billede, der tegnes af de gamle dage på landet. Der var undertrykkelse og rå fattigdom, der tvang mennesker til at flytte og emigrere, men romanen må alligevel ses som en hyldest til den zen-agtige kvalitet et liv knyttet til naturen kan have. Den mission forløses smukt og poetisk, men jeg savnede lidt dybde i nogle af personerne. Ikke mindst John Ruttledge, der er bogens gennemgående person. Han kan måske ses som forfatterens alter ego, men i bogen virker han mere som en anledning til at fortælle om de andre end som en fuldt udviklet karakter i egen ret. ( )
  Henrik_Madsen | Jun 22, 2021 |
Earthy storytelling from a master craftsperson, McGahern creates a world on the pages of this book. The story takes place over one year in the countryside in Leitrim, with little to note in the way of major events. In place of story is repetition (of the seasons, the characters' behaviours, the statements). The timeline is difficult to reason out - events that make sense any time in the past 100 years seem to happen simultaneously, adding to the dreamlike repetitiousness. The real drive is in how the characters are crafted and moulded into living things, and how this places you as a reader inside the story. Brilliant. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
John McGahren's novel "That They May Face the Rising Sun" does a lovely job of evoking a sense of place. The trouble is, that place, rural Ireland where city folks Joe and Kate Ruttledge move set up a farm, is kind of boring. The cast of character that drift in and out of their lives within a year's time wasn't enough to really hold my interest. ( )
  amerynth | Jun 3, 2019 |
This is a beautiful novel about Joe Rutledge, a native of Ireland, who returns in middle age to the country of his birth, bringing his wife, Kate. A lakeside house is purchased for Joe by his well-to-do uncle, fondly known as "the Shah." McGahern follows the rhythms of the couple's life on their small, lovingly tended farm over the course of a year that sees many changes. The Rutledges' close friendship with their neighbours, the Murphys, is described with considerable nuance, and a range of other distinctive "characters" make their entrances and exits. All are graciously tolerated by the members of the community by the lake.

One quibble: I had some trouble figuring out the time-period in which the novel is set. Was it the 1970s or early 1980s? It was hard to tell. So much of the farming equipment seemed to be from an earlier time. (However, that may have been just a reflection of Joe's predilection for doing things in the old way, as they were done when he was a child.) There was also mention, towards the end of the book, of telephone service coming to the lake--which caused me a little further confusion.

I loved McGahern's lyrical descriptions of the natural world--which doesn't mean he glosses over its harshness. Likewise: human nature. He reveals it with subtlety, but does not sacrifice the truth. The ugly actions of some--like John Quinn, who badly uses women--are plainly presented.

This is a rich piece of character-driven fiction, in which the rural setting is as much a character as anyone. I can see myself wanting to return to this book. There is just so much here to appreciate. ( )
  fountainoverflows | Jun 29, 2017 |
Finished 11/2016. Good easy read, a bit incomplete. Context not clear. Excellent physical description ( )
  rmcdevitt4 | Feb 3, 2017 |
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From the very opening pages, we see many memorable characters as they move about the Ruttledges, who have come from London home to Ireland in search of a different life. There is John Quinn, who will stop at nothing to ensure a flow of women; Johnny, who left for England twenty years before in pursuit of love; and Jimmy Joe McKiernan, head of the IRA, both auctioneer and undertaker. The gentle Jamesie and his wife Mary embody the spirit of the place. They have never left the lake but know everything that ever stirred or moved there. The drama of a year in the lives of these and many other characters unfolds through the action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. With deceptive simplicity, by the novel's close we feel that we have been introduced to a complete representation of existence. An enclosed world has been transformed into an Everywhere.

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