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Hound Paperback – 4 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; Reprint edition (4 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593051971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593051979
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,882,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Enjoyable and good-humoured action adventure novel that moves along at an engaging pace' -- The Irish Post, 9 August 2003

'Oddly touching and with a strong sense of history as well as myth, HOUND makes for am impressive first novel' -- The Guardian, 13 Spetember, 2003

'The ultimate warrior's tale...a beautiful, poignant story of vengeance, lost love, outstanding heroism and a quite astonishing capacity for alcohol.' -- Manda Scott

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A swashbuckling historical fantasy, retelling of one of Ireland's most celebrated legends - the story of the Cuchullain, the Hound of Ulster. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Nagle on 14 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Green has done a great job in createing a compelling and readable account of Irish Mythology, complete with drink, volience, more drink and fine women. The story weaves together a love story and a tale of friendship as a young boy tries to find his way in the world with his outstanding supernatural abilities, and also brings in the horrers of a war that pits him against friends.
While not completely accurate, this would only be seen by a person who has delved deep into Irish myth and the small mistakes don't take away from the enjoyability of the book
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic retelling of an old Irish myth, told with good humour and a small dose of scepticism, trust me you wont be disappointed with this and it may entice you to find out about other Irish myths.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
George Green was born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Tipperary, where he lived in a house built on an ancient burial mound. After university he embarked on a career in sport and leisure Ten years later he realized his mistake, took an MA in Creative Writing, began teaching and now works for the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

This is the story of Cuchullain, the Hound of Ulster, told through the eyes of his old friend and mentor, Leary. A tale of the most famous of all Ireland's heroes. A tale of heroism, loyalty and friendship, of passion and love and betrayal. The reader is carried along on the crest of a wave, experiencing all of the above emotions. The author certainly has a feel for the period and a love of Ireland. The tale of Cuchullain has been told sold many times before that it has become part of Irish folklore.

Once more life is breathed into the lungs of Cuchullain through the pen of another author who is obviously entranced with the character of the great Irish warrior and hero. Cuchullain's exploits legendary and once more they are brought to life as he grows from a boy in the greatest warrior Ireland has even known.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ian Marchant on 11 Aug. 2003
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I feel as though I've waited a long time for this book. I've always felt daunted by The Tain, but have always wanted to read it, especially when I've been travelling in Ulster. And then along comes 'Hound', a beautifully written, moving and funny version of the Irish classic, told from the point of view of Leary, Cuchulain's charioteer. Green has steeped himself in the legend, and has retold it with verve and elan. Highly recommended.
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