The Giant, O'Brien

The Giant, O'Brien

A Novel

Book - 1998
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From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien.
 
Charles O'Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England?
 
The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies' corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive?
 
The Giant, O' Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt ; Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 1998.
ISBN: 9780385680332
9780385258326
0385258321
9780805044287
0805044280
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAN

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hayasash
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.

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finn75
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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