Our first event of the year is a reading co-sponsored with the School of Canadian Irish Studies. Deirdre Madden will read on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Room H-767 Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
An elegant, insightful meditation on the shifting forces of time and memory, “Time Present and Time Past,” Deirdre Madden’s latest novel, centers on 47-year-old Fintan Buckley, a Dublin legal adviser and happily married father of three. Thoughtful and innocent, “faithful as Lassie,” Fintan has been feeling uneasy. The year is 2006, and the booming Irish economy is about to deflate, but that’s not the source of Fintan’s free-floating guilt and anxiety. Watching a clock’s second hand sweep round and round, he can feel “time racing on, racing like a palpitating heart, so that he feels his life will be over before he has had a chance to live it, certainly before he has had a chance to understand it. Sometimes he feels he can almost hear time rushing past him; it is like a kind of unholy wind.”
Read a recent review of Madden in the New York Times.