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End Of The Hunt [Paperback]

Thomas Flanagan
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Oct. 6 1998
Set in Ireland at the time of the Uprising, this novel by the author of "The Year of the French" interweaves the lives of its characters with the violent political events of early 20th-century Ireland.

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Flanagan fans will delight in this big new novel celebrating Sinn Fein's fight for Irish independence in the early decades of the century. The author's two previous books, The Year of the French and Tenants of Time , traced Irish republicanism from its origins in the unsuccessful 1798 Rebellion though the failed Fenian uprisings of the second half of the 19th century. This narrative focuses on the movement's partial success during the years of guerrilla struggle that first saw the emergence of the IRA, the drama of the peace negotiations with the British and the terrible civil war that followed when the IRA split over the treaty terms. Flanagan offers a rich mix of fictional and historical characters to tell the larger story of that time (and indeed, it is the course of the Troubles themselves that provides the novel's true tensions). The four major fictional characters who carry the narrative accurately reflect Irish attitudes in those years: two are republican activists and two are sympathetic to the cause but ambivalent as to the methods used. The legendary Michael Collins figures prominently, as he did in history, and the portrait of him is riveting. Winston Churchill is tellingly rendered as well, particularly as he plans to infiltrate rebel Dublin with a special secret service unit that was ultimately destroyed by Collins's brilliant counterstroke. This substantive successor to the author's previous work re-creates a complex period of "terrible beauty" in Irish history, a period which set loose forces that still seek a final resolution. BOMC and History Book Club selections; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As in The Year of the French ( LJ 5/1/79) and The Tenants of Time ( LJ 12/87), Flanagan has written a compelling historical novel about rebellion in Ireland, its causes and consequences, and what happens to people as their private lives are transformed by--indeed become--public events. Here he covers the years following 1916's Easter Rebellion (an event more important to Irish consciousness than World War I), which will culminate in the creation of an Irish Free State and the waging of brutal civil war. Flanagan gives us history as moments, some dull and some dangerous, in the lives of scores of people, some invented and some actual. At times we witness these moments vividly as they happen, or we may look back at them through the characters' memories as they try to understand what the moments really meant. Superlative reading on The Irish Question; few historical novels about any time or place are as rich and as rewarding as this one. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/93.
-Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Collins and the I.R.A............. March 12 2002
By nto62
Format:Hardcover
Thomas Flanagans' The End of the Hunt follows The Tenants of Time as an engrossing novel about Ireland's fight for independence. His most recent novel centers on Michael Collins, but, like previous Flanagan efforts, is told through the eyes of a collection of characters. These individual insights give the reader a well-rounded view of events as they occur and allow us to peer from different angles at the tactics, strategies, subterfuges, and idiosyncracies of the warring parties. From the Easter Rising of 1916 to the edge of Irish civil war, Flanagan weaves a taut web of intrigue, conflict, and tragedy with a "behind-the-scenes" access which affords the reader an extremely suspenseful experience.
Though admirably fast-paced throughout, the story quickens as Collins and crew reluctantly sign a treaty with Great Britain which runs counter to the oaths of their IRA brethren. Creating the Irish Free State, Collins finds himself and his fellow free staters caught between the unconditional IRA demands of full independence and the British who continue to hold Northern Ireland with iron fist and require the rest of the country to ultimately submit to their sovereignty. The balancing act is exciting to behold as Collins continues to abet IRA action whilst holding an ever-demanding Great Britain at bay.
Ireland's struggle to be free of Britain's imperial grasp is a story that, to this day, continues to make headlines. Thomas Flanagan has again provided a ground zero view fraught with peril, passion, and seemingly insurmountable odds. I recommend this book highly as I do his earlier effort, The Tenants of Time.
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Format:Hardcover
The thrird novel, after "Year of the French" & "The Tenants of Time", in Flanagan's magnificent historical novels of Irish history.
"End of the Hunt" paints an exquisite, compelling portrait of Michael Collins Ireland with all the complexity and personal tragedy of the Irish Civil War in tact. Told with bold narrative strokes and page turning action that belies the deep characters and big ideas in a book as beautiful as Ireland herself. Flanagan is no Joyce, he is Ireland's Tolstoy. Characters that breath and a book you won't want to leave.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Big Fella' is an unforgettable portrait Dec 6 1999
By Doug Vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a part of Irish history that most Americans, including many Irish-Americans, don't know well if at all. Thomas Flanagan's story of Irish independence, centering on the figure of Michael Collins (the Big Fella)is a story of historical significance and personal tragedy. While this is not a full rounded history of the time, since it focuses on Collins and ignores for the most part the other Irish leaders, it is still a grand adventure and captures perfectly the tone of time and place. Flanagan is a writer of significant skill and his handling of character and story - not to mention his skill with language - make this book a memorable and moving reading experience.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Books behind the books Oct. 23 2007
By R. Cryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved the Thomas Flanagan trilogy.
By chance, I believe I came across the primary source books for each of the three.
The Year of the French seems quite obviously informed and inspired by Thomas Pakenham's Year of Liberty, a novelistic but dense nonfiction recounting of the western uprising in 1798.
The End of the Hunt takes much of its feel from "The Big Fellow", Frank O'Connor's beautiful account of Michael Collins' revolutionary career.
If these two are obvious the third is less so:
The Tenants of Time builds very effectively upon the foundations of Micheal Davitt's book, "The Fall of Feudalism in Ireland." This book, by an 1867 Fenian who became a leader of the Land League movement and an obstructionist member of the British parliament, is rich in detail about the Land League and the parliamentary struggle of the late 1800's that shows up in the Flanagan book.
I recommend these books to readers who have finished the trilogy, just as I would recommend the trilogy to all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Collins and the I.R.A............. March 12 2002
By nto62 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Thomas Flanagans' The End of the Hunt follows The Tenants of Time as an engrossing novel about Ireland's fight for independence. His most recent novel centers on Michael Collins, but, like previous Flanagan efforts, is told through the eyes of a collection of characters. These individual insights give the reader a well-rounded view of events as they occur and allow us to peer from different angles at the tactics, strategies, subterfuges, and idiosyncracies of the warring parties. From the Easter Rising of 1916 to the edge of Irish civil war, Flanagan weaves a taut web of intrigue, conflict, and tragedy with a "behind-the-scenes" access which affords the reader an extremely suspenseful experience.
Though admirably fast-paced throughout, the story quickens as Collins and crew reluctantly sign a treaty with Great Britain which runs counter to the oaths of their IRA brethren. Creating the Irish Free State, Collins finds himself and his fellow free staters caught between the unconditional IRA demands of full independence and the British who continue to hold Northern Ireland with iron fist and require the rest of the country to ultimately submit to their sovereignty. The balancing act is exciting to behold as Collins continues to abet IRA action whilst holding an ever-demanding Great Britain at bay.
Ireland's struggle to be free of Britain's imperial grasp is a story that, to this day, continues to make headlines. Thomas Flanagan has again provided a ground zero view fraught with peril, passion, and seemingly insurmountable odds. I recommend this book highly as I do his earlier effort, The Tenants of Time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully-written novel, passionate and intense. March 8 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A wonderful novel, beautifully written. There is music, and passion, and complexity in Flanagan's language, reflecting the times and the characters of which he writes. Reminded of "the chain of repetition and futility" that characterizes much of Irish history, we are witness to the conflicts of a proud and troubled people struggling to define and possess their cultural heritage, their political future, and their individual lives, at the time of the Easter uprising. This is not a novel read dispassionately. Dublin, and the Irish countryside and coastline, are vividly depicted, and Flanagan's characters reveal themselves in moments of grace and intensity, generosity and selfish treachery. It is a time of World War, and rebellion, and there is no absence of obvious violence and emotion. But it is Flanagan's gift to reveal inner selves, private, hidden, that gives his characters life beyond the events of their time, and joins them to ourselves. A young woman, widowed by the death of her soldier-husband, returns to their flat after an evening with friends, and inhabits her loneliness, her loss, and her longing. "I was entitled to my grief, and now that had faded to a private emptiness decorated by such feelings and small hopes and cruelties as I had shopped for. And so I sat there, sipping the brandy which Charlie had always called the only one worth drinking, and its complex taste a touch of his remembered tongue upon my tongue." You will not soon forget these people, or this book
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt account of Ireland's struggle for independence Jan. 20 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Through the eyes of participants and observers, Thomas Flanagan
does a masterful job of recounting the struggle of the Irish
people to break free of the centuries-old control of the
British Empire. The meticulously-detailed account of the "Troubles"
centers on the seven-year period between the Easter Rising in 1916
to the Civil War in 1922. The story comes to life through the
personal struggle of those individuals involved to come to grips
with the contradictory nature of dividing the country. Portraying
conflicting views of the country's plight is where Flanagan shines.
No clear winner emerges in the end as Flanagan successfully defines
the sincere passion and commitment of those lined up on both
sides of the conflict.
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