High Ground

High Ground

by John McGahern


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Those who have called John McGahern a modern Chekhov are struck by his ability to transform commonplace experiences into moments of epiphany. In “Parachutes,” the narrator reels in the aftermath of a breakup with the woman he loves; “Oldfashioned” isthe story of Johnny, a country boy oddly drawn to the elderly English couple for whom he represents the son they lost in the War; and in “Eddie Mac” and “The Conversion of William Kirkwood,” a wealthy family and its hired help learn that the relationship of master and servant is the most enduring relationship of all.

In High Ground, John McGahern displays all of his acclaimed mastery, and both deepens and extends the world of his generous imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140177084
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John McGahern was born in Dublin and brought up in the west of Ireland. He is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including Amongst Women, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Table of Contents

High Ground
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A Ballad
Like All Other Men
Eddie Mac
Crossing the Line
High Ground
Gold Watch
The Conversion of William Kirkwood
Bank Holiday

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