Borrowed Days by Father Matthias Bodkin
Published by Browne and Nolan Dublin 1942
Father Matthias Bodkin S.J. 1896 – 1973
Borrowed Days is a novel, set in the period 1760 to 1820, whose themes are the inheritance of Emo, the spiritual development of the main character Maurice O’Moore and the desire to create a Catholic school at Emo. According to the flyleaf, it is “the drama of a man and a nation moving in step to a new life: to the man it brings romance and a splendid inheritance ... For the nation it means the ’98, the Union and the Veto ... The back-cloth is a picture of the Georgian age of taste drawn with rare knowledge and sympathy ...”.
A central character is the fictitious Earl of Portborough (a composite picture of the Earls of Portarlington under a different name).
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