Primitives: Macken, ‘Quench the Moon’ (1948)

When Walter Macken dedicated his first novel to his Mammy, Agnes, he did not expect the censors to declare it ‘obscene’. How does a social-problem novel by a good Catholic offend the official arbiters of taste?


  • Illegitimacy and pre martial sex are central themes and key plot devices.
  • It's not as full throated an exploration of the relationship between man and sheep as you might expect.
  • Macken went deep into our souls without us really noticing.


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