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The giant, O"Brien

a novel

by Hilary Mantel

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  • 33 Currently reading

Published by H. Holt in New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Ireland,
  • England
    • Subjects:
    • Giants -- Fiction,
    • Irish -- England -- Fiction,
    • Ireland -- Fiction

    • Edition Notes

      StatementHilary Mantel.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPR6063.A438 G5 1998
      The Physical Object
      Pagination192 p. ;
      Number of Pages192
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL351294M
      ISBN 100805044280
      LC Control Number98010701
      OCLC/WorldCa4276105

        The year is ; the place, London: centre of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and magnet to the desperately poor-among whom is the Giant, O'Brien, a freak of nature. He is a man of songs and stories who believes in ancient myths. He has come to London to exhibit his size for money. He has also, he discovers, come there to die. The Giant, O’ Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy. Book Details. Number of Pages: Pages: Bar Code: Publisher: Harper Collins: Book: What's in the Box? 1 x The Giant, O'Brien - .

      Get this from a library! The Giant, O'Brien. [Hilary Mantel] -- In , the desperately poor giant O'Brien comes to London to exhibit his size for money and to die, while society doctor John Hunter seeks to obtain his corpse which the giant refuses him.   The Giant, O' Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy. Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers ISBN: Number of pages: Weight: g Dimensions: x x 14 mm3/5(1).

      Synopsis The Giant, O'Brien is based on the true story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien, who was exhibited in London and eventually dissected by the surgeon Charles Hunter. O'Brien's bones hang to this day in the Hunterian Museum in /5(62).   The Giant O’Brien is based on the true story of the Irish giant, Charles Byrne, who was exhibited in London in In all likelihood, Byrne had acromegaly, a Author: Erica Verrillo.


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The giant, O"Brien by Hilary Mantel Download PDF EPUB FB2

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. London, 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 by: 4.

The tale of an Irish giant, Charles O'Brien a.k.a. Byrne, in London in tbe midth century, raises all kinds of issues; not least, the general ignorance of medical science - a supporting character is the renowned pioneering 'doctor' who uses himself & the waifs & strays as guinea-pigs, & is a hound for corpses on which to investigate John/5.

At times a very dark and disturbing story. The characters in The Giant, O'Brien (apart from the Giant himself) exhibit a lot of the worst of human traits - opportunistic, cruel, desperate and treacherous. The depiction of 18th century London where life is cheap and the exploitation of "freaks" by unscrupulous characters is depressing/5(60).

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; /5(63).

Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year London, 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 : Holt, Henry & Company, Inc. Her eighth novel, The Giant, O'Brien, takes place during that bifurcation of mind and spirit known as the Age of Reason.

The year is and Charles O'Brien has fled Ireland, bringing both his massive frame and his ancient folk tales to England, where he hopes to make his fortune as a sideshow exhibit/5(60). Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year London, 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 by: 4.

In O'Brien, the giant, travels from Ireland to London to be presented by his unscrupulous agent Joe Vance as "The Surprising Irish Giant, The Tallest Man in the World." Surprising, indeed. Charles O'Brien has the compassionate heart of a poet and the gift of storytelling/5(12).

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the YearLos Angeles Times Best Book of the YearLondon, 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 /5(13). Since the Giant had hardly been allowed out to spend anything, he had now accumulated an amount that Claffey and Pybus could only guess at, a sum that was secret between Joe and his account book.

Their fingers and eyes might have been tempted to stray; but O’Brien slept with his savings for a pillow, while Vance kept his ledger under locks. : The Giant, O'Brien (Audible Audio Edition): Hilary Mantel, Patrick Moy, Recorded Books: Audible Audiobooks/5(60).

O’Brien would have leaned forward and slapped him on the back; but Hunter was a frail strange creature, and the Giant feared to dismember him like a butterfly, dust him apart like a dried moth.

Then the man Hunter made his proposition. The Giant listened, and placed his wine-glass with great care on the side-table.

The Giant, O'Brien Fresh from the farm. John Hunter looks about him, at their blackguards’ faces. It is night, and the room is chilly, so they sit muffled in the clothes they will wear when. ‎ New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year London, 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 ma /5(4). The Giant, by evening, was often tired from exhibiting, and they woke him with their drunken stumbles on the stair. Gin and water was their only tipple now, and they brought it back for Bitch Mary. When the patron’s half-crown was given over—the price of viewing the Giant—Joe Vance would give back a tin token; this was the system favoured.

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. London, 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. The most engaging moments in Mantel's intriguing new novel occur when the uneducated Irish characters who make up the loutish retinue of the Giant, O'Brien converse.

Perfectly imagining the. Patrick Cotter O'Brien (19 January – 8 September ) was the first of only twenty people in medical history to stand at a verified height of eight feet ( m) or more.

O'Brien was born in Kinsale, County Cork, real name was Patrick Cotter and he adopted O'Brien as his stage name in the sideshow circus, claiming descent from the legendarily gigantic Brian Boru.

The Giant, O'Brien is a testament to the diversity of Mantel's gifts as a writer--it is both not as psychologically rich and much more earthy than many of her other works (A Change of Climate, An Experiment in Love, Eight Months on Ghazza Street), but it is no less by: 4.

The title character in Mantel's grimly lyrical latest novel (after Eight Months on Ghazzah Street,etc.) is in flight from a number of horrors. He arrives in London inhaving fled the famine and violence that is devastating his native Ireland.

He is fleeing as well his despairing conviction that the past of the Irish people, represented by a vast reservoir of myths and. In her acclaimed novel, two-time Man Booker Prize winning author 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.Editions for The Giant, O'Brien: (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition), (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition), Home My BooksCited by: 4.Print book: Fiction: EnglishView all editions and formats Summary: From the author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light, comes the true story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien, who was exhibited in London and eventually dissected by .