In the Forest

In the Forest

Book - 2002
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In the Forest returns to the countryside of western Ireland, the vivid backdrop of Edna O'Brien's best-selling Wild Decembers. Here O'Brien unravels a classic confrontation of evil and innocence centering on the young, troubled Michael O'Kane, christened by his neighbors "the Kindershrek," someone of whom small children are afraid. O'Kane loses his mother as a boy and by age ten is incarcerated in a juvenile detention center, an experience that leaves him scarred from abuse and worse, with the killing instinct buried within. A story based on actual events, In the Forest proceeds in a rush of hair-raising episodes and asks what will become of O'Kane's unwitting victims -- a radiant young woman, her little son, and a devout and trusting priest.
Riveting, frightening, and brilliantly told, this intimate portrayal of both perpetrator and victims reminds us that anything can happen "outside the boundary of mother and child."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2002
ISBN: 9780618339655
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 20 cm


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Jan 07, 2018

A true crime fiction about an undiagnosed, abused schizophrenic boy and his development into a hardcore criminal. The writing is scattered.

May 31, 2017

As other people have mentioned, Into the Forest is similar to Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy, without the humour. For some readers, that might be a plus -- it is a serious subject, and Ms. O'Brien treats it seriously, and well. But for me, it is lacking somewhat in humanity, especially as the story is set in Ireland, a country that prizes its sense of humour highly. If you can, find the recorded version with Stephen Rea, who adds a gentle wryness of his own.

timbert Nov 01, 2015

A story of a very unbalanced mind & a series of horrific acts Could not finish it only skimmed the latter sections, found it very disturbing. Irish writers I have read seem to have great humor coupled with graphic descriptions of horror, this book had no humor.


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