Reading in the Dark | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Julia O'Faolain

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Reading in the Dark.
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Critical Review by Julia O'Faolain

SOURCE: "The Boy Who Wanted to Know," in Times Literary Supplement, No. 4878, September 27, 1996, p. 22.

In the following review, O'Faolain identifies the narrative value of folktales in Reading in the Dark as compromising the novel's realism.

This first novel by the poet Seamus Deane has the focused compression of poetry. Short sections—lots of white paper here—present carefully chosen incidents whose meanings expand into complexity as the narrative gathers momentum.

Reading in the Dark is, on one level, an optimistic tale. As an Irish Bildungsroman, confronting familiar hurdles, it follows a Catholic Derry boy through his childhood in the 1940s to the great day when he can tell his family that he's got his degree: "a First". It is a first for the family, too, and the father, an...

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