The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution

In 1916, a young man named Michael Collins returned to his native Ireland, after ten years in voluntary exile in London, to join one of the most impassioned and complicated revolutions in history Playfully nicknamed The Big Fellow, Collins began to take a key role in the uprisings, eventually becoming a revered revolutionary leader.Acclaimed writer Frank O Connor, a manIn 1916, a young man named Michael Collins returned to his native Ireland, after ten years in voluntary exile in London, to join one of the most impassioned and complicated revolutions in history Playfully nicknamed The Big Fellow, Collins began to take a key role in the uprisings, eventually becoming a revered revolutionary leader.Acclaimed writer Frank O Connor, a man who himself fought in the Irish Civil War, traces Collin s life from the day he returned to Dublin to the day a young Irish soldier shot him dead on a country road.The Big Fellow achieves a narrative both probing and poetic as it chronicles the life of a man so charismatic that he made people aware of his presence even when he was not visible, through that uncomfortable magnetism of the very air, a tingling of the nerves.
The Big Fellow Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution In a young man named Michael Collins returned to his native Ireland after ten years in voluntary exile in London to join one of the most impassioned and complicated revolutions in history Play

  • Title: The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution
  • Author: Frank O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9780312180508
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution”

    1. A great biography of Collins written less than two decades after his death. O'Conner fought against Collins and the Treaty during the Irish Civil War, but became fascinated by the man later. Contains many, many interesting anecdotes which you'll enjoy if you aren't too worried about their provenance (there are very few footnotes). Neil Jordan said he read this book before writing the script to his movie and it shows. There are scenes in the book which are almost exactly performed on screen in th [...]

    2. I was given a copy of the recent re-print of this book by Mercer Press in exchange for a fair review (mercierpress/news/pres )One of the first thing I noticed about this re-issue was its introduction by filmmaker Neil Jordan, so I had to double check and yes, the original publication of this book, which came out only two decades after Michael Collins' death, was a hefty inspiration to Jordan writing and making his biopic of the man. He goes on to tell that story himself in his introduction, and [...]

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