THE PRODIGAL FATHER by Una Troy

THE PRODIGAL FATHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the long-lost-parent-late encountered theme, Shane O'Farrell, small time cynic and gigolo returns to Lisheen with a film company at the same time his 18 year old daughter emerges from her convent school, her ideals and virtue intact. Narrator Candy Lydon, Sara's school friend, watched a horrifying transference -- Shane takes on a sweetness alien to his nature after meeting Sara who absorbs his skepticism and sophistication. Recounting it years later, Candy describes how Sara was redeemed and wonders now in equal horror if youth must be saved at the expense of middle age, for Shane was irretrievably lost to mediocrity while Sara fulfilled a dull destiny after they were separated. The author's sharp eye for minutely telling detail and sharper ear for the dialogue of her swiftly sketched comic minor characters will continue to satisfy the comfortably established audience for her Irish novels, despite the very slow beginning of this one.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1965
Publisher: Dutton