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The Year of the French
 
 
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Thomas Flanagan. Seamus Deane, intro.
Publisher New York Review Books  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781590171080
Pages/Publication Date 516/2005
Daedalus Item Code 29293
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(1979 National Book Critics Circle Award winner) During one of the bloodiest uprisings in Irish history, rebel leader Wolfe Tone sought assistance from France, and in 1798 a thousand French troops landed in County Mayo. Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes of independence among the local peasantry, but the insurgency collapsed in the face of a brutal English counterattack. Subtly conceived and masterfully paced, with a wide and memorable cast of characters, Thomas Flanagan's historical novel brings to life peasants and landlords, Protestants and Catholics, as well as old and abiding questions of secular and religious commitments, empire, occupation, and rebellion. "Such a brutal and pathetic story would alone have sufficed to make this book absorbing, but Flanagan has much more on his mind," wrote Peter Prescott in Newsweek. "He means to create not only a plausible sense of place and character, and an accurate account of evens, but to recreate, from barroom to manor hall, the entire intellectual and emotional climate of the time.... Not only a serious book ... but a distinguished one as well."

"A circumspect and grippingly authentic account that stands as a stark warning against the romanticisation of torrid times. The result is a classic of historical fiction."Times (London)

"I haven't so enjoyed a historical novel since The Charterhouse of Parma and War and Peace."NYTimes

 
 
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