The Giant, O'Brien

The Giant, O'Brien

Large Print - 1999
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A "New York Times Book Review"Notable Book of the Year A "Los Angeles Times" Best Book of the Year London, 1782: center of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and the desperately poor. In the midst of it all is the Giant, O'Brien, a freak of nature, a man of song and story who trusts in myths, fairies, miracles, and little people. He has come from Ireland to exhibit his size for money. O'Brien's opposite is a man of science, the famed anatomist John Hunter, who lusts after the Giant's corpse as a medical curiosity, a boon to the advancement of scientific knowledge. In her acclaimed novel, Hilary Mantel tells of the fated convergence of Ireland and England. As belief wrestles knowledge and science wrestles song, so "The Giant, O'Brien" calls to us from a fork in the road as a tale of time, and a timeless tale.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, c1999.
ISBN: 9780786217977
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Mant
Characteristics: 296 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Jul 13, 2016

Beautifully written. The further you read on, the more you want to keep on reading. It describes the change in life that cities bring, compared to the peaceful simpleness of outside life. A great read for a summer evening. Barely drones on at times.

Jan 26, 2015

A sad but brilliant book


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FavouriteFiction Oct 22, 2009

The story of 18th-century Irish giant Charles Byrnes and the surgeon who becomes obsessed with dissecting him after he dies.


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