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In the Forest (original 2002; edition 2003)
by Edna O'Brien
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0618339655, Paperback)In the best of Edna O'Brien's novels, there is a lawless element, a violence, that springs up to satisfy some primal urge: revenge, desire, thwarted love, or even the seemingly contrasting need of a community for balance and order. In the Forest is based on a true story of a local terror, a murderer sprung from the fertile soil of the west Ireland countryside. Michen O'Kane is a loving boy gone bad. His father beat his mother, and his mother died young, leaving 10-year-old Michen to the indifferent care of relatives and teachers. A rich fantasy life and little outside guidance quickly lead to a detention center, where Michen is the prey of bullies, as well as of a kindly priest with an unfortunate use for small boys. But none of these factors fully explains Michen's transformation into a killer. It is one of the strengths of this difficult and beautifully written novel that the lyrical fragments of Michen's tale--told from various points of view--do not completely add up. The dark mysteries of psychosis are left intact. We have only evocative glimpses of Michen's inner world and a crystal-clear image of the ruin he left behind. --Regina Marler
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:24 -0400)
"Michen O'Kane has lost his mother as a boy and, by the age of ten, is incarcerated for petty crimes in juvenile detention centres, 'the places named after saints'. But his problems go beyond early loss and sexual abuse - the killing instinct is already kindled in him. He is named by fearful neighbours the Kinderschreck, someone of whom small children are afraid." "As in Greek tragedy In the Forest centres on unwitting victims for sacrifice - a radiant young woman, her little son, and a trusting priest, all despatched to the wilderness of O'Kane's unbridled, deranged fantasies."--BOOK JACKET.
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