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Fallen Men I will admit to feelings of dismay and reluctance when I first began to read this book The acknowledgements and the prologue indicated that it was to be about a young Catholic priest in Ireland While I always attempt to remain neutral and objective in my reviews of books I find that also being honest will often lend itself to accumulate too much cynicism when I’m reading books about religion particularly books containing too much religiosity Thankfully Brian O’Hare’s novel was gripping from the first few pages and so well written with balance and tactful insight that I was able to retain my respect for another person’s religious beliefs while entering the curious world of Irish CatholicismFallen Men is an excellent novel about the fragility and emotions of real people It is a story about a priest Ray Canavan who makes a serious mistake when he becomes involved with Maria a young student from a local girls’ school She reminds him strongly about Karen the woman he could have married had he not become devoted to God and the Church There is much in Ray’s past life to discover and explain about his intense feelings of guilt his vulnerability as a sensitive human being and his apparent human frailty at a deeply emotional time in his lifeThe reader is easily swayed between condemning Ray one moment as the responsible adult and the next sympathising with his inner child with heart felt sadness There are several serious issues discussed and considered in the novel such as abuse abortion and faith notwithstanding the intricacies of certain aspects of Irish Law We are present during several court scenes and witness various conflicts between an individual’s duty to God the Church and one’s humanity Each of these concepts is handled so well by the author within such beautiful dialogue and description that I was often left in awe so full of admiration was I for the writing on the pages before me Ray’s close friends Dan and Tony as well as Maria and Mrs Toner the housekeeper are all characters well drawn and easily identifiableI would never ever have thought beforehand that a book tackling the religious issues in this novel could make me stick with it so intensely It is a page turner in the highest sense of the word and for me rates alongside books by Orwell Dickens Angelou Steinbeck and Harper Lee etc Highly recommendedI was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and objective review Having previously read a couple of crime thrillers by this author I decided to give this very different book a read I'm so pleased I did as this is a great read The book is a story about catholic priests their lives and their challenges However I am not a catholic or even very religious and must emphasize straight away that this is a book anyone can enjoy It is an extremely well written story which brings the characters to life and the daily challenges they face in their work and their friendships I was so immersed in the book I read it in two sittings The author gives us lots to think about and uestion Highly recommended When I embarked on the journey of reading the novel Fallen Men by Brian O’Hare I was uncertain of what to expect Was it a book on the Catholic religion? A book about personal relationships? A book on spirituality? Psychology? Faith? God? Sin? What? As I traveled down the labyrinth of this compelling novel I found that it was all of that—and so much O’Hare with both tender sensitivity and bold accusation has created a story that is bound to touch the human spirit a story you will not soon forget The narrative is about three young Catholic priests each with a profound and abiding love for his God a solemn dedication to his vocation—his calling to the priesthood—and a sincere desire to serve mankind But in spite of their deep devotion each in his own fashion loses his step along the way One would not expect a story where three priests would become involved in selfish motivation illicit sex abortion child abuse and accusations of murder And yet O’Hare with both delicate finesse and explicit detail explores the human element the darkest secrets of even the Catholic priesthood O’Hare takes us inside the minds of these young men as they struggle to understand their actions their motivations their vulnerabilities and the fiber of their faith Fallen Men is a lesson in human suffering in weakness and uncertainty in the testing of faith in compassion and ultimately in the steadfastness of God’s love It is also a book of hope—for if even men of God can find forgiveness for sin in His mercy then surely there is hope for each of us If you begin the journey into Fallen Men do not expect a uick read O’Hare’s exuisite style of writing demands that you relish each lyrical passage that you immerse yourself in the pain of emotional upheaval that you sense the emptiness of separation from God that you feel the peace of merciful forgiveness Masterful writing Magnificent Book A must read for anyone with a human heart I finished “Fallen Men” by Brian O'Hare yesterday and really liked itEven though it talks about three Catholic Priests I don’t believe it can be simply defined as “religious fiction” It's way than thatIt's a study of how faith can both save or destroy you Of how morality and honesty are relative concepts depending on one's point of view or interests at the moment It’s also a study of how depression can lead to unthinkable decisionsBrian O'Hare has talent to describe people and situations without boring the reader He can also make you enter the characters' thoughts so you are deeply into the situation with them And he creates real people defected sometimes weak sometimes strong people Priests lay people they are all real in a way you can relate to them here And about Father McGennity Boy I know a Father really similar to him Well the truth is Fathers are men and men come in all sizes and kinds; O'Hare presented it greatly in this storyI thought the way the forbidden relationship was presented was both tender and disturbing which was perfect for the story The gray areas that can surround even a Father’s life were very well described even with Father Dan and his black or white view of the worldAs a Catholic myself I must say that I can relate much to Father Dan than to Father Ray What Ray did was inexcusable to me and even though the surroundings internal and external might help explain in some level his actions I still believe his mission as a priest was exactly to avoid temptations at all costs In my Parish we have amazing examples of Fathers so I may be too biased in my opinion But I still believe he should have been better I would prefer at all choices to be publicly accused as Father Dan of following the Church's Laws to the end than as RayI may sound too harsh but the priesthood path is not for the faint of heart It means an entire life of dedication to others and the Church The Parish is your family and God must be in your thoughts at all moments Sure Priests sin too but to an extent Mortal sins in a Father shake the Church's core I can understand some falls but Ray fell too much for meYou see O'Hare's great skills as a writer are still making me think so passionately about Ray's story All the moral dilemmas stay with you long after finishing the reading And that's what makes me say this book is a must read It doesn't matter your religion or even if you believe in anything Fallen Men is an excellent well written story that raises great uestions and gives a lot of food for thought Fallen Men by Brian O’Hare is a novel set in Ireland in 2004 The ‘fallen men’ referred to in the title are three priests—two newly ordained along with their older mentor who finds his ‘career’ advancing very well with hopes for further advancements Again as the title suggests all three have personal faults that show themselves in varying degrees in their personal and ministerial lives Ray is young and good looking and finds himself in the spotlight of the girls’ school choir members He is also in a parish where the parish priest is an abusive bully who gives no support to the increasingly depressed young priest who is dealing with personal issues that have been repressed for years Dan is also young with an outgoing personality who is popular with parishioners but who cannot find a way to get beyond righteous condemnation of any kind of sinfulness Tony seems to have it all together—except that his main focus increasingly becomes ambition for his future career And of course all three encounter moments of disgrace and humiliation—again to varying degrees Early in the book I was skeptical There are so many stories that are written where if there is a priest character—he has to be entirely negative However in the acknowledgements the author thanks various priest friends who have helped him to achieve authenticity in his characters As I continued reading the story I think this authenticity became clear Yes the characters were flawed but apart from Father McGennity the bullying priest in the parish where Ray is assigned they all had a genuine desire to do good and live up to their calling And even through indiscretions and criminal trials redemption is found There is darkness in this story There is also insight and compassion I was pleasantly surprised Thank you Brian O’Hare for thought provoking story I received a free ebook from Voracious Readers Only The book was very good It was not predictable I wasn't sure where the book was goingThe main characters were very likeable Like most of us have a past and flaws Even though the main characters made some mistakes you were still rooting for themThe book talks about some heavy subjects Makes you uestion if there is than one answer Is life black or white?A lot of the book takes place in the church No matter what your religious beliefs are it makes you uestion what is right or wrong What would you do if you were in that situationI look forward to reading books from Brian O'hare Fallen Men is a deep thought provoking novel written about—and from—the heart The story gripped my emotions involving me in the characters’ issues Ray Canavan a young divinity student learns of his parents’ sudden deaths He returns home for the funerals where old emotions and memories awaken His meeting with Karen the woman he would have married had he not chosen the priesthood stuns him with its intensity Ray uestions his vocation but goes on to be ordainedTwo years later he takes his first job as curate to a self absorbed abrasive parish priest who treats him with indifference Plagued by loneliness and fearful dreams Ray reaches out to parishioners The principal of a local girls’ school suggests forming a youth choir Ray meets Maria a girl much like Karen who holds his attention far than he wants to admitRay’s sensitively nuanced struggles with repressed memories human and spiritual longing contrast sharply with his friend Dan Patterson’s dogmatic view of life Dan is a priest who never uestions his judgments of right and wrong—even when his decisions impose life threatening conditions on people who trust him Ray and Dan’s mentor Canon Tony Mulholland faces his own challenge with prideful ambition when both young priests come to him in crises How the three resolve their conflicts holds reader attention to the very last pageAdd in the author’s pithy humor descriptions that are at times breathtaking believable dialogue from fully rounded characters and the result is a novel I highly recommend Fallen Men Absolutely Brilliant To be perfectly honest I would not have picked this book up to read It’s simply not the type of story I read I don’t enjoy reading stories with deep religion base to them But I decided to keep an open mind as I began reading Fallen MenAnd boy was I in for a treat I absolutely loved this story The author is a fantastic writer and really takes the readers into the characters’ lives—into their minds I could feel the pain the depression the confusion the guilt As wrong as everything was I couldn’t help but hold my breath for the main character wanting the best for him You see the author does an amazing job showing all different sides of various situations As a reader I could empathize with the different characters and their mistakes I’m thankful that I decided to read this story I love controversial issues and I love thought provoking topics even The world is not all black and white there’s many shades of gray And this book definitely was able to portray thisHonestly I got so intrigued by the characters I almost wish there was a seuel something Perhaps a reunion between Ray and Maria ten years later would be an awesome story ; Fallen Men by Brian O’Hare is a story of three priests All are good spiritual men but why does young Father Ray Canavan Ray find himself on trial in a Dublin court for statutory rape of a minor And why is his eually popular friend Father Dan Patterson raucously accused of murder by a member of his congregation as he attempts to celebrate a Reuiem Mass And why does Canon Tony Mulholland so lose sight of his priestly responsibilities that he tries to cover up Ray’s indiscretions by sending him to hide in Italy Fallen Men touches on dark themes but ultimately it is a novel of redemption It is a story that will bring tears to many eyes and characters who will remain in your heart long after you have put the book down John Anthony publisher says “Anyone who has read and enjoyed Colleen McCullough’s Thornbirds will also enjoy Fallen Men” A young priest's life spirals out of control when long submerged memories of childhood abuse begin to surface He seeks solace in a friendship with a beautiful seventeen year old choir girl but this leads to a frenzied love affair that ends in disaster Fallen Men touches on some dark themes but it is ultimately a novel of redemptionFallen Men has been the recipient of two literary awards Top Medallist Honours in the General Fiction category of the prestigious New Apple 2015 Awards for Excellence and the IDB Award in 2013Fallen Men beautifully written with long prose and detailed descriptions of parishes and rolling medevil Ireland I'll be honest and say that when I first started this book I was bored out of my mind It seemed like it was starting out extremely slow and it was only highlighting one event that may or may not go somewhere And I thought it was taking place back in times when parish priests were dispatched to areas probably like in pre WWI But that was not the case It was definitely recent Definitely this century as in the last decade or so My patience paid off The long written prose and descriptory style of O'Hare painted a world that I fell into The vivid detail of each place the warm fire places or the cold feelings of despair Whatever place and time he was writing I was there There tension in the room between people or the joy being shared The sinful ego wayward priesthoodness I felt it all I saw it all I experienced all the emotions it evoked I felt everything for each character Every pain Every sympathy Every rejoice as they found their way Every sorrow if they did not I was grateful for the long prose and scenic words of O'Hare This was my first novel by Brian O'Hare and it will not be my last It was beautifully written and one of the best I have every read even though admittedly it took me just a little while to figure that out I will definitely be looking for his others and will always recommend everything he writes to others I received Fallen Men by Brian O'Hare as free copy from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for a fair and honest review

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