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About the Author

Frank O’Connor (1903–1966) was born in Cork, Ireland. The author of plays, stories, criticism, and poetry, he was also a director of the legendary Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Julian Barnes was born in England in 1946. Three of his novels have been short-listed for the Booker Prize.
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  • Hardcover: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307269043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By F. McGavran on September 27, 2014
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The Best of Frank O’Connor begins with “Guests of the Nation” and other stories from the author’s time with the Republican Army, then stories from his childhood in Cork and reflections on other writers, and then stories about people and a landscape so real the reader may feel as if she or he has lived there, too. O’Conner’s characters are formed, nurtured, and sometimes crushed by the strictures and landscape of Irish life, but they remain sympathetically themselves, and the loss of one of them is enough to end an evening’s reading. Every writer should read these.
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frank o'connor is my favorite short story writer, so this is a pure delight. he hits human nature and its foibles right on the head. his take on the pretensions of youth are just wonderful; his understanding of the oftimes-unmet wishes and dreams of the elderly are poignant. the quintessential irish writer: he keeps you laughing till he breaks your heart.
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O'Connor is simply one of the best story-tellers in the English language. He can engage the reader from the viewpoint of a child, or of a "veteran" adult.
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not surprising as O'Connor has proved to be a master in story telling, some better than others, guests of the nation stands as the bes piece
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Frank O'Connor is an important Irish writer of the twentieth century. Some of his short stories are very famous. This book contains a wide selection of his best writing with very useful introductions to the varikous aspects of his production.
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