Farragan's Retreat

Farragan's Retreat

Tom McHale / Jan 16, 2021

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  • Title: Farragan's Retreat
  • Author: Tom McHale
  • ISBN: 9780670308460
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
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        Tom McHale 1941 1982 was an American novelist from Pennyslvania.


    498 Comments

    1. Really good book. Dark, dark ending though.A little bit of a black comedy in tone, but McHale seems to know when to just lay off and let a trickle of empathy leak in, and it really charges the novel. McHale's personal story is a sad one. Great books, good books--all sorts of books go out of print when they shouldn't. What's to be done except try to remember them, talk about them, and keep them in some sort of circulation. Look for it.


    2. This was a wild change of pace after the last two Irish-American novels I've read. Where they were quiet studies of families and marriages in an Irish-Catholic setting, Tom McHale's novel is filled with satire and absurdist humor and - spoiler alert - two major characters are abruptly blown up by two separate bombs. Farragan's Retreat follows a wealthy Irish-Catholic clan in Philadelphia in the context of the Vietnam War. Older siblings Jim and Anna are virulently patriotic and virulently racist [...]


    3. Haven't read this in years but recall it left a strong impression and was an involving read. A tale of a Vietnam veteran asked by his wife to go to Canada, and kidnap and kill his draft-dodging son - or anyway, that's how it all starts. Full of surprises. (Yes, I remember very ( fairly) clearly, even at 10 years distance, how it ends but not even the availability of a Spoiler tag will get me to reveal that :) )


    4. Not as good as I remembered. Not as bad, either. Scranton never lacked for minds like McHale, never had one as literate either. Plus, he remembers to call it the "shore" - not the "beach." One extra star for that.


    5. While everyone was drooling over Cheever, Updike, Bellow, and the like, McHale was writing equally solid stuff and people pretty much ignored him. Then, the dude killed himself.


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