Boyne’s shifting tale of a darkening Church
If Boyne’s writing tends towards cliché at times, it makes one radical gesture. It insists upon forgiving Father Odran for his cowardice. In this way, you might argue, that A History of Loneliness condones his complicity. At the very least, it raises an important question: is a good man still a good man if he lets bad things happen to those around him and decides not to intervene?
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