By Thomas Flanagan
In 1798, Irish patriots, dedicated to liberating their nation from England, landed with a firm of French troops in County Mayo, in westernmost eire. They have been alleged to be an boost protect, by means of different French ships with the chief of the uprising, Wolfe Tone. in short they triumphed, elevating hopes one of the impoverished neighborhood peasantry and accumulating a gaggle of supporters. yet ahead of lengthy the insurgency collapsed within the face of a brutal English counterattack.
Very few books achieve registering the surprising poor effect of historic occasions; Thomas Flanagan’s is one. Subtly conceived, masterfully paced, with a large and noteworthy forged of characters, The 12 months of the French brings to lifestyles peasants and landlords, Protestants and Catholics, besides outdated and abiding questions of secular and non secular commitments, empire, career, and uprising. it truly is comfortably an exceptional ancient novel.
Named the main exotic paintings of fiction in 1979 through the nationwide e-book Critics’ Circle.
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The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan