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The End of the Hunt (The Thomas Flanagan Trilogy #3)

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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.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1994)
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Dennis Weeks
Nov 14, 2009 Dennis Weeks rated it it was amazing
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
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 rout
Aug 19, 2012 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Rosalie Riegle
Oct 06, 2012 Rosalie Riegle rated it liked it
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.
Aug 09, 2009 John rated it really liked it
This book is one of three magnificent novels that clarify Irish history
during 3 watershed eras. This final book tells how the Irish finally
wrested limited Home Rule from the British and the parts played be
Michael Collins, Winston Churchill and a score of other participants.
Mary L.
Jul 17, 2012 Mary L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 21, 2012 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
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.
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May 22, 2012 Mardelle rated it really liked it
Another fine book by Flanagan on the history of Ireland with his fictional characters woven into the story.
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Thomas Flanagan (November 5, 1923 – March 21, 2002) was an American professor of English literature who specialized in Irish literature. He was also a successful novelist. Flanagan, who was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, graduated from Amherst College in 1945. He was a tenured full - Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley until his retirement. Flanagan died ...more
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