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Amongst Women concentrated on the family, and the new book concentrates on a small community. The dominant units in Irish society are the family and the locality. The idea was that the whole world would grow out from that small space.
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But that private world, once it's dramatised, doesn't live again until it finds a reader.
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Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.
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For a novelist there has almost to be an agreed notion of society. In that sense, I often think that you could never find Jane Austen writing poems or short stories. And it's through the Church that I first came to know all I'd know of manners, of ceremony, of sacrament, of grace.
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For example, it's only about 20 years ago the people in that community would have got telephone lines, and it would be only about in the 1950s that electricity came to that part of the world. Television wouldn't have come till 1970.
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I admire Evelyn Waugh very much and envy that he could write a novel in six weeks. It takes me something like six years.
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I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer.
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I feel I grew up in a different century than I live in. I think most of them are changes for the good.
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I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word, that they were the bibles of the poor.
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I mean I think that's a fact and I think that we had a very peculiar type of Catholic Church here in that it was a fortress Church.
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I mean it was the only upbringing I knew and in that sense you can't consider it typical. The Church dominated everything.
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I read all the time. I was reading a book I admire very much by Alice McDermot called Charming Billy.
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I think fiction is a very serious thing, that while it is fiction, it is also a revelation of truth, or facts.
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I think it's linked to the realisation that we're not going to live forever and that the way of saying and the language become more important than the story.
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I think my mother was very spiritual.
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I think technique can be taught but I think the only way to learn to write is to read, and I see writing and reading as completely related. One almost couldn't exist without the other.
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I think that each of us inhabits a private world that others cannot see. The only difference between the writer and the reader is that the writer is able to dramatise that private world.
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I think there's a great difference in consciousness in that same way in that when we're young we read books for the story, for the excitement of the story - and there comes a time when you realise that all stories are more or less the same story.
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I used to take five or six books away and bring five or six books back. Nobody gave me direction or advice and I read much in the way that a boy might watch television.
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I'd much prefer to write more quickly.
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I've never written anything that hasn't been in my mind for a long time - seven or eight years.
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Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and then it almost bypassed the twentieth century.
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My father was very outwardly religious.
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The Catholic church was my first book, but I'm delighted that the influence over political and sexual matters has disappeared. To a certain extent the novel describes that world almost as it's ending. That world only exists in small pockets now, but it is the world that I knew and lived in.
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The idea of the lake was in my mind for a long time. The BBC commissioned me to write a short story in which I used the lake. The story itself was a love affair that became a murder, that became a different sort of affair. At one stage the novel was 1,500 pages and it got cut down to 300 pages.
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The rosary was said every evening. I always liked that sentence about the medieval Churches, that they were the Bibles of the poor. The Church was my first book and I would think it is still my most important book.
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The very old one is to help you to enjoy life or to endure it. I mean, if writing doesn't give you pleasure it's no good.
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The way I see it is that all the ol' guff about being Irish is a kind of nonsense. I mean, I couldn't be anything else no matter what I tried to be. I couldn't be Chinese or Japanese.
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We absolutely believed in Heaven and Hell, Purgatory, and even Limbo. I mean, they were actually closer to us than Australia or Canada, that they were real places.
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When I start to write, words have become physical presence. It was to see if I could bring that private world to life that found its first expression through reading. I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist.
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When I was in my 20s it did occur to me that there was something perverted about an attitude that thought that killing somebody was a minor offence compared to kissing somebody.
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When you're in danger of losing a thing it becomes precious and when it's around us, it's in tedious abundance and we take it for granted as if we're going to live forever, which we're not.
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Yes, but also one of the problems for a novelist in Ireland is the fact that there are no formal manners. I mean some people have beautiful manners but there's no kind of agreed form of manners.
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Yes, though I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing in the church.
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