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Fallen Men 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 equally popular friend, Father Dan Patterson, raucously accused of murder by a member of his congregation as he attempts to celebrate a Requiem 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 ❮Reading❯ ➸ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 equally popular friend [Download] ➽ Insight and Interpretation ➺ Roy Schafer – Kleankitchen.co.uk Father Dan Patterson [EPUB] ✵ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Kleankitchen.co.uk raucously accused of murder by a member of his congregation as he attempts to celebrate a Requiem 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 [Read] ➵ On a Day Like This ➼ Peter Stamm – Kleankitchen.co.uk publisher ⚦ [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ✶ – Kleankitchen.co.uk says Anyone who has read and enjoyed Colleen McCullough s Thornbirds will also enjoy Fallen Men


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  1. G.J. Griffiths G.J. Griffiths says:

    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 fro 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 Catholicism.Fallen 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 life.The 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 identifiable.I 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 recommended.I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and objective review


  2. Donna Cummins Donna Cummins says:

    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 muchO 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 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 muchO 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 quick read O Hare s exquisite 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


  3. Renny Barcelos Renny Barcelos says:

    I finished Fallen Men , by Brian O Hare yesterday, and really liked it.Even though it talks about three Catholic Priests, I don t believe it can be simply defined as religious fiction It s waythan that.It sa 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 decisions.Brian O Hare has talent to describe people and I finished Fallen Men , by Brian O Hare yesterday, and really liked it.Even though it talks about three Catholic Priests, I don t believe it can be simply defined as religious fiction It s waythan that.It sa 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 decisions.Brian 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 story.I 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 world.As a Catholic myself, I must say that I can relate muchto 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 Ray.I 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 me.You 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 questions and gives a lot of food for thought


  4. Bill Ward Bill Ward says:

    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 fr 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 question Highly recommended


  5. Jamie Cha Jamie Cha says:

    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 going.The 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 them.The book talks about some heavy subjects Makes you question, if there isthan one answer Is life black or white A lot of the book takes place in the church No matter, what your religious 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 going.The 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 them.The book talks about some heavy subjects Makes you question, if there isthan 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 question what is right or wrong What would you do, if you were in that situation.I look forward to readingbooks from Brian O hare


  6. Dawna Richardson Dawna Richardson says:

    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 a 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 becameclear 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


  7. Sanna Hines Sanna Hines says:

    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 questions his vocation, but goes on to be ordained.Two years later, he tak 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 questions his vocation, but goes on to be ordained.Two 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 farthan he wants to admit.Ray 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 questions 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 page.Add 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


  8. Jalpa Williby Jalpa Williby says:

    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 Men.And 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 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 Men.And 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 evenThe world is not all black and white there s many shades of gray And this book definitely was able to portray this.Honestly, I got so intrigued by the characters, I almost wish there was a sequel somethingPerhaps a reunion between Ray and Maria ten years later would be an awesome story


  9. Shannon Matheny Shannon Matheny says:

    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 redemption.Fallen 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 Excell 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 redemption.Fallen 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 IDBAward in 2013.Fallen 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 definitelyrecent Definitelythis 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


  10. Grace Grace says:

    Brian O Hare s Fallen Men is an engaging read based around a young priest in the Catholic Church in Ireland A tale of repressed memories, forbidden love and a trial centered around young Father Ray Canarvan makes for a novel that is hard to put down O Hare s writing draws you in and has you engaged right from the first chapter You fall in love with the main character, Ray, and his attempts at uncovering his childhood trauma at the hands of his uncle while falling for a young school girl who Brian O Hare s Fallen Men is an engaging read based around a young priest in the Catholic Church in Ireland A tale of repressed memories, forbidden love and a trial centered around young Father Ray Canarvan makes for a novel that is hard to put down O Hare s writing draws you in and has you engaged right from the first chapter You fall in love with the main character, Ray, and his attempts at uncovering his childhood trauma at the hands of his uncle while falling for a young school girl who reminds him of his childhood sweetheart.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.I received this book complimentary from the author via Voracious Readers Only


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