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Mortal Friends Paperback – 1 May 1992


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; New edition edition (1 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807063398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807063392
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,090,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colman Brady, an Irish farmer, involves himself in the Irish rebellion of the early 1920s and later escapes to Boston where he rises to and falls from political power and seeks a second chance through the life of his son.

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By A Customer on 1 July 1999
Format: Paperback
Brings the old and new world of political intrigue and Irish lore together in a grand way. The story is alive with rich image and bold imagination. Scenes of Irish daring and courage abound.
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Powerful drama and intrigue. 1 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brings the old and new world of political intrigue and Irish lore together in a grand way. The story is alive with rich image and bold imagination. Scenes of Irish daring and courage abound.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best historical fiction I've ever read! 2 Jan. 2013
By Barry W. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
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James Carroll's sweeping novel tells the life story of Colman Brady, taking us from his wedding day in 1920s Ireland and his participation with Michael Collins in the Irish Rebellion, to his move to America and his position as right-hand man to James Michael Curley in Boston. The characters are so well drawn that the reader cares about them and becomes absorbed in their lives, not even realizing that he or she is learning history in the process. We see the inner workings of Boston's local politics, the intrigues of the members of the Boston Mafia, and the powerful Kennedy political machine, all through the eyes of Colman Brady. The narrative is complex but so well written that the reader is never bored for an instant. James Carroll is a masterful writer. I read voraciously, and I've rarely been this impressed by an author. I'll be looking for more of his works. Please do yourself a favor and read this book. You'll be very glad you did.
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evocative 6 Sept. 2003
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Format: Hardcover
One grandfather was a meatpacker, the other a Harvard doctor. Both parents from Ireland. I'm an attorney. This book explains how. Best book I ever read, and I've read a lot.
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