The Year of the French


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The Year of the French

by Thomas Flanagan (Author)
Seamus Deane (Introduction)



ISBN: 9781590171080


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The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Thomas Flanagan's best-selling novel of the Irish rebellion of 1798.

In 1798, Irish patriots, committed to freeing their country from England, landed with a company of French troops in County Mayo, in westernmost Ireland. They were supposed to be an advance guard, followed by other French ships with the leader of the rebellion, Wolfe Tone. Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes among the impoverished local peasantry and gathering a group of supporters. But before long the insurgency collapsed in the face of a brutal English counterattack. Very few books succeed in registering the sudden terrible impact of historical events; Thomas Flanagan's is one. Subtly conceived, masterfully paced, with a wide and memorable cast of characters, The Year of the French brings to life peasants and landlords, Protestants and Catholics, along with old and abiding questions of secular and religious commitments, empire, occupation, and rebellion. It is quite simply a great historical novel.


ISBN 159017108
ISBN13 9781590171080
Publisher NYRB Classics
Format Paperback
Publication date 15/01/2004
Pages 544
Weight (grammes) 589
Published in United States
Height (mm) 208
Width (mm) 132