The End of the Hunt Interweaving history and fiction Flanagan tells a complex story of the passionate people who helped shape today s Ireland Flanagan manages to sustain interest in the individual lives of his character

  • Title: The End of the Hunt
  • Author: Thomas Flanagan
  • ISBN: 9780446360463
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Interweaving history and fiction, Flanagan tells a complex story of the passionate people who helped shape today s Ireland Flanagan manages to sustain interest in the individual lives of his characters while creating a sense of monumental historical drama in which they are players New York Times Book Review.

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    1. This is a fine book that was a challenging read, partly because I had to check a history of Ireland and some web sites on the names of World war I era arms and vehicles for some background that the author assumes we know. That said, I am grateful to Thomas Flanagan for the vivid portrayal of the attitudes that propelled the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War.Some folks have commented that Michael Collins is the central character in The End of the Hunt, but I have to disagree. Collins an [...]

    2. Over the years I've read both Year of The French and The Tenants of Time, books that tell the story of historical attempts by the Irish to wrest their small island from the tentacles of the British Empire. The End of The Hunt tells the final chapter, the successful uprising led by Michael Collins in the 1920s.For those who have seen the film, Michael Collins, which was partially based on material from this excellent book, the territory will seem somewhat familiar. Flanagan tells the story throug [...]

    3. I thought I'd never finish this book; it is very densely written and nearly every sentence is packed with information. It was well worth it. The history of the English in Ireland is brutal and tragic. This novel takes place in the aftermath of the Easter Rebellion in Dublin 1916.It is largely about the signing of the treaty with the English in 1921 and the ensuing civil war between the freedom fighters wanting the free Irish Republic. One side, Sinn Fein, tries the political and diplomatic route [...]

    4. I'd been waiting to read this book for years, and when I started, it's massive size argued against taking it overseas, so the reading process spanned a couple more years. The story of Ireland from the formation of IRA to the end of the civil war, as seen through the eyes of field officers sleeping in hedges waiting, historians in restaurants, and the aides around Michael Collins plotting assassinations and peace negotiations in hidden pubs. A beautiful scary book, but, given Flanagan's writing s [...]

    5. This is the third book in Flanagan's masterful trilogy on the Irish rebellion against British rule. Flanagan was a gifted writer, in my opinion, but his prose is seldom easy, and he is not a quick read. This was my favorite of the three books, although I read the first two so long ago that it's difficult to be sure. This was perhaps one of the saddest books that I've read in a long time. The personal tragedies of the characters are interwoven with the historical tragedy of Ireland's quest for in [...]

    6. What makes recent violence worse than that of years ago? I squirmed that those I rooted for were assassins. This was the first of the Flanagan trilogy with well developed women characters and I found myself wanting to hear even more from them. All three books were wonderful for giving me even more feeling for what I think of as my second country.

    7. Flanagan's three books of fictionalized modern Irish revolution are excellent. This is the weakest of the three - a little slack and loose-lipped, as if he were dictating it over a Guinness and no one felt like editing. Still a great read, though.

    8. Maybe it was because we were staying outside of Dublim for a month one summer, but all the history of the Troubles of 1919 came to life in this very readable novel. I recommend it highly if you wish to come to grips with Ireland's struggle for independence.

    9. Thomas Flanagan's trilogy of Irish historical novels winds to its relentless close with the Free State established in the 1920's after the bloody civil war, and the stage set for the Troubles through the rest of the century. A vivid portraint of Michael Collins.

    10. This book is one of three magnificent novels that clarify Irish historyduring 3 watershed eras. This final book tells how the Irish finally wrested limited Home Rule from the British and the parts played beMichael Collins, Winston Churchill and a score of other participants.

    11. Another fine book by Flanagan on the history of Ireland with his fictional characters woven into the story.

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