(DOWNLOAD) The Informer AUTHOR Liam OFlaherty

My favorite character name in all literature GypoWe Irish do not like "to forgive It is our constant undoing Not the biography of the "forgive It is our constant undoing Not the biography of the Snow this Irish novel from the 1920s is about Gypo Nolan a former Irish rebel who Starting on this one for a Modern irish novel course funnily enough a good friend Novel course Funnily enough a good friend mine lent it to me out of the blue ust before the semester started saying merely that it read uickly and well Next thing I know it s the lead off book for the course Irish kismet there it isLooking forward to it Comments to follow Was reminded by a NYT article in today s paper on the newest Irish prime minister that I had read this book long ago This story is a modern tragedy the seeming futility of Frankie McPhillp s proto IRA terrorism against the British occupiers and the ignorance and poverty of Gypo Nolan s sad tag along fealty to Frankie s cause That Leads Him To A Judas Like Betrayal Of His leads him to a Judas like betrayal of his that costs Frankie his life This is a really taught spare narrative with great character development at least of Gypo Even though you know the outcome from the get go the manner in which it unfolds and the ultimate udgment passed on Gypo for his treason the story grabs you by the throat and doesn t let go As someone whose ancestors Limerick Kerry were crushed and nearly exterminated by Oliver Cromwell and his successors this book plucked a deep chord and at least for me shed a great deal of light on why a Catholic nation like the Republic has a real issue to this day with forgiveness Four stars because it depressed the sht out of me One final observation the Gypo and Frankie team remind me of another tragic duo George and Lennie of Of Mice and Men I know the comparison is strained and superficial but it did kind of ump out A procession of events dragged down by themselves The Informer ultimately fails due to the weight it fails to convey the tension it ultimately cannot produce Beautiful passages are wasted by unnatural characters multifaceted motivation and poli. The Informer is a story in which terror and treachery reign supreme as O'Flaherty unfolds his urban masterpieceSet in 1920's Ireland The. Tical ambiguity are possessed not by humans but by the shades of their actions dooming this novel to the cardboard depth of these characters Read this as high school reuired of their actions dooming this novel to the cardboard depth of these characters Read this as high school reuired it was a school full of Irish Catholic descendants it made sense A sad and haunting to me storyof temptation loyalty betrayal and redemption set in 1920 s post CivilWar Dublin An enduring lamentation of The Troubles Gypo Nolanex policeman rebel udas is one of the truly tragic characters in literature An important book for me Finds itself in my rotation of re reads I don t know when Irish literature took a somber negative depressing turn but The Infomer is a classic of that genre Brilliantly written the story of big clumsy Gypo Nolan who informs on his best childhood and adult pal and the conseuences of this horrible act of betrayal That s all I can say without giving up the story By the way I believe that Gypo is short for Gypsy or a disreputable person so probably pronounced like Jippo It s a short read and well worth the small but emotional effort it takes to read It has to be one of the great novels of Irish and English literature After reading some of the reviews it is possible that you have to be Irish to understand the book others seem to think it unreal It was and is real Get used to it Fenian Hulk Finks on Friend Fatally Fails to FleeIn the confused political situation in Ireland between 1916 and 1925 all kinds of ideologies competed common criminals took up party *work only to revert to their original callings Leaders were betrayed assassinated ailed *only to revert to their original callings Leaders were betrayed assassinated ailed long dream of independence came to life but in a fog of disappointment and disillusion When the dust settled all the brilliant men lay dead O Flaherty has set his novel in the politico criminal underworld of this period with a large dollop of that disillusion Nobody comes out smelling like a rose Gypo Nolan the main character harbors great physical strength but little brain Unlike most protagonists he thinks little The author descri. Informer is an enthralling revolutionary drama of the Dublin underworld and inspired the classic John Ford film In the ominous figure

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The InformerBes his feelings or changes of mood an interesting tack to take Gypo informs on a former colleague in the Party who is promptly surrounded by "POLICE AND GETS SHOT DEAD "and gets shot dead during standoff With his 20 pound reward burning a hole in his pocket it might have been euivalent to about 20 weeks pay for a worker Gypo treats a crowd to fish and chips then drinks Fights And Whores Giving A Big Part Of His Loot and whores giving a big part of his loot to a sad woman he meets by chance The Party suspects Gypo who fingers an innocent man At the subseuent trial the truth comes out Gypo is locked up but escapes The denouement is not long in comingTHE INFORMER is fast paced highly descriptive I felt that sometimes the urge to describe everyone and everything in detail got the better of the author his descriptive style began to resemble a Thomas Hart Benton mural with each individual a caricature of a type or a stock character The firm aws the mouths belonging to an average Irishwoman of the middle class he looked like a waiter thrown out of employment through old agevery graphic colorful but somehow cartoonish Anyway little gripes aside this is a novel that will hold your attention It hangs together very well connecting Irish history and society with a film noir atmosphere of suspense action and intrigue It catches the Dublin and the Ireland of the time now changed out of all recognition by prosperity and respectability And luck to Ireland for that Gypo Nolan is the informer of the title Following the Irish Civil War Gypo betrays his friend Frankie and turns him in to the police for a murder Frankie committed Gypo s life is then at risk and he must protect himself from his former comrades all of whom are pretty teed of at what he didThere s a John Ford directed movie of this book that I d be curious to see The story This was a sad tale of treachery and revenge set during the civil war There is a sort of stream of consciousness occasionally appearing and a nod to Joyce without the full commitment of a modernist style. F Gypo an ex policeman who takes blood money for betraying his friend and comrade O'Flaherty has created a force from whom no one is saf. .