An Only Child and My Father's Son: The Autobiography by Frank O'Connor

By Frank O'Connor

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

When Frank O’Connor used to be born, his parents—Minnie O’Connor, a former maid raised in an orphanage, and Michael O’Donovan, a veteran of the Boer conflict and the drummer in a neighborhood brass-and-reed band—lived above a sweet-and-tobacco store in Cork, eire. The younger relations quickly moved, despite 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 anything like squalor.” From this not going starting, a bad boy born Michael Francis Xavier O’Donovan set out at the notable trip that remodeled him into Frank O’Connor, one in all Ireland’s maximum writers.

An in basic terms baby, 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 dedicated courting together with his mom, discomfort within the family’s impoverished scenario and in his father’s depression moods and drunken outbursts. Fifteen years previous whilst he joins the Irish Republican military within the struggle for independence, O’Connor unearths himself at the wasting facet of the consequent civil battle and is imprisoned via the govt. of the recent state. My Father’s Son starts together with his unencumber 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 individuals of the Irish Literary Revival, and takes the 1st steps towards turning into one of many 20th century’s so much cherished authors.

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

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