DESMONDE by A. J. Cronin


Email this review


Dr. Cronin himself appears in this new novel which might well be one of his old novels, taking place in the next best of both possible worlds--spiritual and physical, ancient (""so it befell"") and modern (would you believe a Canon saying ""the world of today is fucking its way to hell""). The man in the middle is Desmonde Fitzgerald whom A.J., from poorer beginnings, first met at a Jesuit school where one of the fathers observed ""a soft spot in that apple."" The soft spot becomes apparent when Desmonde returns as a young priest to his native Ireland, Kilbarrack, under the above Canon, and when he first falls idyllically in love with a Madame Donovan, patroness of the Church, and less idyllically with her niece--a common slut who traps him in the unfortunate marriage which costs him the Church. A.J. is there with a helping hand after he finds Desmonde singing in a pub, implements his way to Hollywood where he's in as full voice as John McCormack before he heads out toward India to do good and end up possibly better. A sentimental story, both premeditated and foreordained.

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 1975
Publisher: Little, Brown