An Only Child and My Father's Son: The Autobiography

An Only Child and My Father's Son: The Autobiography

Frank O’Connor’s acclaimed autobiography, now in a single volume

When Frank O’Connor was once born, his parents—Minnie O’Connor, a former maid raised in an orphanage, and Michael O’Donovan, a veteran of the Boer battle and the drummer in an area brass-and-reed band—lived above a sweet-and-tobacco store in Cork, eire. The younger relations quickly moved, in spite of the fact that, to a two-room cottage on the most sensible of Blarney highway, a lane that originates, as O’Connor so vividly describes it, “near the river-bank, in sordidness, and ascends the hill to whatever like squalor.” From this not going starting, a terrible boy born Michael Francis Xavier O’Donovan set out at the extraordinary trip that reworked him into Frank O’Connor, one in every of Ireland’s maximum writers.

An in simple terms Child, the 1st installment of O’Connor’s splendidly evocative autobiography, captures the enjoyment and ache of his early years: pleasure within the colourful humans and areas of Cork and in his committed courting together with his mom, ache within the family’s impoverished scenario and in his father’s depression moods and drunken outbursts. Fifteen years outdated while he joins the Irish Republican military within the struggle for independence, O’Connor reveals himself at the wasting aspect of the consequent civil struggle and is imprisoned via the govt. of the recent nation. My Father’s Son begins along with his free up from an internment camp and follows him to Dublin and the world-renowned Abbey Theatre, the place he meets W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, and different contributors of the Irish Literary Revival, and takes the 1st steps towards changing into one of many 20th century’s such a lot loved authors.

As richly specific and eloquent because the better of his brief fiction, Frank O’Connor’s autobiography is an exciting portrait of a desirable time and position, and the inspiring account of a tender artist discovering his voice.

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