Brian Moore

Brian Moore novels include The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Catholics, The Doctor’s Wife, The Great Victorian Collection, and The Mangan Inheritance, which was discussed in this journal earlier in the year. He was born in Northern Ireland, and now lives in California.

English Fame and Irish Writers

Brian Moore, 20 November 1980

In Ireland it often seems that the great world is too little with us – that all issues are reduced to the level of the parish pump. Yet, as Patrick Kavanagh warned, Irish writers turn outward at their peril. Disgusted by the loud quarrels of his Monaghan neighbours, he wrote:

I Am Brian Moore

Colin Burrow, 24 September 2020

Literary fiction is and ought always to be partly spell-making, and the kind of rapt reading Brian Moore offers – not speed-reading, but reading where the sing and whistle of the plot keeps you reading...

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Terry Eagleton, 8 April 1993

There are no ex-Catholics, only lapsed ones. A lapse, as the light little monosyllable suggests, is a mere temporary aberration, an ephemeral error which can always be retrieved; and even the more...

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John Lanchester, 24 May 1990

It’s sometimes easy to forget that good writing is not necessarily brilliant on the surface. There are talented novelists who eschew local flourishes in favour of a tonal evenness which...

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Rachel and Heather

Stephen Wall, 1 October 1987

Anita Brookner’s novels have been preoccupied with women who feel themselves to be profoundly separate. This may be the result of either choice or necessity, or of stoically making a choice...

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Naming of Parts

Patrick Parrinder, 6 June 1985

We name things in order to have power over them; but we must also name them to cower before them in worship. Novelists in particular are aware of the paradoxical magic of naming. To the narrative...

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Holy Roman Empire

Rosemary Dinnage, 3 November 1983

If Greeneland is the most famous sex ’n religion territory, its next-door neighbour must surely be Mooreland. Brian Moore has staked out a very specific American-Irish, Catholic...

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Chonkin’s Vicissitudes

Graham Hough, 1 October 1981

Vladimir Voinovich’s Pretender to the Throne is a continuation of The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin,* and most of what has been said about the earlier book is...

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A Novel without a Hero

Christopher Ricks, 6 December 1979

Jamie Mangan, left at 36 by his wife and then suddenly left all her money, takes it into his heart to go off from New York to Ireland to find out whether or not he is the great-great-grandson of...

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