The Giant, O'Brien: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jun 12, 2007 - Fiction - 208 pages
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London, 1782: 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 money. O'Brien's opposite is a man of science, the famed anatomist John Hunter, who lusts after the Giant's corpse as a medical curiosity, a boon to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

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.

 

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User Review  - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - JulieStielstra - LibraryThing

I have to think of this novel as Mantel's warmup exercise for the Cromwell trilogy: stretching, playing, noodling around with the colors and flavors and music of a long bygone age, creating interiors ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
21
Section 4
25
Section 5
56
Section 6
62
Section 7
80
Section 8
121
Section 9
138
Section 10
152
Section 11
177
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Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O'Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother's Day, and Vacant Possession. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books. She lives in England with her husband.

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