The Giant, O'Brien

by Hilary Mantel | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1857028864 Global Overview for this book
Registered by 4evagreen of Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 7/13/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by 4evagreen from Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 13, 2015
Received as a BookMooch.

Journal Entry 2 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, April 3, 2022
Based on two real-life characters this is a mixture of historical fiction, myth and fable. Charles O'Brien, a gentle Irish giant, travelled to London along with his entourage in 1782 to be exhibited to citizens of that city and John Hunter, a celebrated surgeon and anatomist, who buys dead bodies on which to experiment and who wants the Giant's bones after his death for his collection.

This my first experience of the author and I felt that this was an experiment that just didn't work. The squalor the streets of London and Ireland at the time are convincingly portrayed, there are some memorably comic passages but it also contains quite a lot of unnecessary dialogue that added little to the flow of the plot and simply left me bemused. Not a book that will live long in the memory for me.

Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (5/25/2022 UTC) at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by wingrussbaumwing at Barnet, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, May 28, 2022
Received with thanks - it's actually for another bookcrosser so I'll keep it reserved until it's ready to go.

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