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The End of the Hunt von Thomas Flanagan
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The End of the Hunt (1994. Auflage)

von Thomas Flanagan (Autor)

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"Thomas Flanagan, author of The Year of the French and The Tenants of Time, has written an epic of the 20th century. It is set in Ireland at the time of the Troubles, during the watershed year of 1919. World War I has ended and the British are attempting to put down once and for all the centuries-old dream of an independent Ireland." "As before, Flanagan brings to life a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters whose private lives are shaped by the public history that leaves no one untouched. His heroine, Janice Nugent, a member of the Irish Catholic landed gentry, has been living through the war years in London, her young life scarred by the death in 1915 of her soldier husband, an officer in an Irish battalion fighting in France alongside the British. In the winter of 1919, she decides to return to Ireland. In fact, she is going back to her family and their ancient estate in Galway, because she is tired of being one of a generation of war widows, and hopes to find in the serenity of Coolater a way of rebuilding her life. But on the way from Dublin, her train is stopped by I.R.A. gunmen, who take off a civilian passenger and execute him, virtually under Janice's gaze. To a fellow passenger in the first-class carriage she says, "I loathe guns." Yet within the year she will be in love with a man described by newpapers as a gunman. That man is Christopher Blake, a young historian who has put his pen and sophisticated intelligence at the service of Michael Collins and the cause of Irish independence. As they become lovers more deeply and more fatefully than either of them had intended, Blake draws Janice into the searing revolutionary struggle." "On the pages of this gripping novel, we are transported from the smoky pubs of Dublin, where men argue eloquently 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 Lloyd George and Winston Churchill play games 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mehr)
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Ireland during Tan war and Civil war
  ritaer | May 5, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
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; 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. ( )
  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
Disappointing. Read the 1st two: "Year of the French" was engrossing, despite being something of a sprawl; vol 2 ("Tenants of Time") had some vivid driven characters and an equivocal feel for the violence. This simply moved too slowly for my taste. the multiple viewpoints (also in the other vols) made it hard to follow. Halfway through i still didn't know which character was which apart from Michael Collins, whose name and nature I know from the history books. I stopped reading midway and started again some months later. It seemed as if nothing had moved; still the same themes of poetry reading gunmen sitting around with nice ladies in tea-rooms then going off to prod farmer lads into committing murder. Though I suppose Flanagan is not parti-pris for either side, reading this made me sympathise more with the status quo. Why kill for the word "Republic"? Trollope ("Lady Anna") in his Establishment naivety shows more justification for resisting the English hegemony: the suffering of the Irish poor.
I gave up the struggle.
For an engaged and tragic view of the same era, see Ken Loach's film "Wind that shakes the Barley"
As for the puff from the Spectator "possibly the greatest historical novelist of our time" - Impossible! ( )
  vguy | May 10, 2013 |
This book is the third in a trilogy that Flanagan started writing back in the 1970's. The first two of these books were very good and gave me a great background into the history of Irish rebellion against parliamentary Great Britain that I put to good use when I began to meet people from Ireland. I expected this book to be the same. It was good, but it was also disappointing. This book starts in 1919 after the Easter Rising and the first hunger strike death and covers the complicated history of the Rebellion and the Civil War that ended in 1923. Perhaps the difficulty in reading the book is due to the difficulty in the subject matter? The book tells the story of the rise of Michael Collins and the development of the Irish Republican Army. The legacy of guerrilla urban warfare that this period left in Irish history is indisputable and so very sad. The author uses fiction as a vehicle to tell this very complicated history and I would say that to a large degree he succeeds. However, he was unable to establish an emotional connection between the reader and so few of the major characters that the book seemed ponderous to me.

This book is much more of a learning experience than was Redemption by Leon Uris, and much less emotionally engaging that Trinity by Uris. I was sucked in to the earlier books in this series but it was much more difficult to get emotionally involved in this book. It is definitely more history than the books by Uris, but much less emotionally engaging. Still, for anyone who wants to learn about why Ireland is the way it is today, this series is a must read. ( )
  benitastrnad | Jan 24, 2011 |
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"Thomas Flanagan, author of The Year of the French and The Tenants of Time, has written an epic of the 20th century. It is set in Ireland at the time of the Troubles, during the watershed year of 1919. World War I has ended and the British are attempting to put down once and for all the centuries-old dream of an independent Ireland." "As before, Flanagan brings to life a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters whose private lives are shaped by the public history that leaves no one untouched. His heroine, Janice Nugent, a member of the Irish Catholic landed gentry, has been living through the war years in London, her young life scarred by the death in 1915 of her soldier husband, an officer in an Irish battalion fighting in France alongside the British. In the winter of 1919, she decides to return to Ireland. In fact, she is going back to her family and their ancient estate in Galway, because she is tired of being one of a generation of war widows, and hopes to find in the serenity of Coolater a way of rebuilding her life. But on the way from Dublin, her train is stopped by I.R.A. gunmen, who take off a civilian passenger and execute him, virtually under Janice's gaze. To a fellow passenger in the first-class carriage she says, "I loathe guns." Yet within the year she will be in love with a man described by newpapers as a gunman. That man is Christopher Blake, a young historian who has put his pen and sophisticated intelligence at the service of Michael Collins and the cause of Irish independence. As they become lovers more deeply and more fatefully than either of them had intended, Blake draws Janice into the searing revolutionary struggle." "On the pages of this gripping novel, we are transported from the smoky pubs of Dublin, where men argue eloquently 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 Lloyd George and Winston Churchill play games 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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