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I have ust finished rereading this novel for what must be the fourth or fifth time since it was first published some 30 this novel for what must be the fourth or fifth time since it was first published some 30 ago Each time I have read the last words of the novel with a profound sense of regret that the reading was done The End of the Hunt is a genuine masterpiece For me it compares with two very different but exceptional historical novels Tolstoy s War and Peace and Hilary Mantel s recently completed trilogy on *the life of Thomas CromwellThe novel s multi perspective brilliantly unravels the complexities of the Irish War of Independence the scission *life of Thomas CromwellThe novel s multi perspective brilliantly unravels the complexities of the Irish War of Independence the scission the Treaty that ended it and the bloody and tragic Civil War that followed All the principal historical protagonists are brought to life in all their roundedness The writing is sometimes dense but lyrical Some of the set pieces and confrontations between Michael Collins and Cathal Brugha bust off the page and almost overwhelm the reader with. Set in Ireland at the time of the Troubles during the watershed year of 1919 Thomas Flanagan's epic The End of the Hunt chronicles the years following World War I in which the British attempted to put down once and for all the centuries old dream of an independent IrelandOn the pages of this gripping novel we are transported from the. A sense of the tragedy of The TroublesThis is not a book for the faint hearted but richly rewards any who persist The 3rd in the series very helpful in understanding the civil war etc I liked it because the fictional friends were also included and made it easier to understand 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 in 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 YEARS THE *spanned a couple years The 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 Smoky pubs of Dublin where men argue elouently but action has the final word to the Irish countryside where lonely roads become paths to the grave as fast as a rifle shot; from stately manors where an ancient way of life is threatened to the gleaming London conference table where men like an ancient way of life is threatened to the gleaming London conference table where men like George and Winston Churchill play games. The End of the Hunt

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Eace negotiations in hidden A beautiful scary book but given Flanagan s writing style see my review of Year of the A beautiful book but given Flanagan s writing style see my review of Year of the if you re really interested only for the dedicated reader 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 1916It is largely *About The Signing Of *the signing of 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 old warriors do tire of bloodshed The other side becomes the notoriously violent Irish Republican Army They eventually turn upon each other Sad story Northern Ireland is the legacy of the British occupation This is a worthy version of the history. Of power tainting the triumph of their Irish opponents; through the painful dilemmas and grievous losses of men and women for whom old certainties have been splintered and new sides must be chosen The End of the Hunt is fiction of a very high order It brings us face to face with history as it was made and life as it was given and lost.

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