|Publisher:||Little Brown & Co|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2003|
|Number of Pages:||613|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.0 x 8.25 x 1.0|
Robert Carson is happy as the son of a blacksmith in Ireland in the early 1700's. When his mother is killed by the carriage of the Earl of Warren, that idyllic life is ended, and Robert finds that he is really Cormac O'Connor, a son of the old Irish. When Cormac's father is murdered by the Earl's men, he must seek vengeance, forcing him to sail to America. While aboard ship, Cormac befriends the slaves being held below deck, a friendship that will last many lifetimes, for Kongo, one of the slaves, is a ba bala wo-an African shaman.
He gives Cormac the gift of eternal life, with the condition that Cormac must stay on the island of Manhattan. Thus Cormac's tale becomes the story of Manhattan and follows the city through generations of change. The abridgment is well edited, containing all the major plot lines of the book, and is much easier to follow. Stevie Ray Dallimore's performance is energetic; he does a very good job with the various dialects and helps maintain the pace of the work.
The unabridged program, narrated by Henry Strozier, is almost impossible to get through; it is tedious and annoying. Hamill's text spends too much time on the various parts of the male anatomy and the smell of the city. Most libraries would be better served by the abridged version of this historical fantasy.
-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville
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This widely acclaimed bestseller is the magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in 1740 and remains... forever. Through the eyes of Cormac O'Connor - granted immortality as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan - we watch New York grow from a tiny settlement on the tip of an untamed wilderness to the thriving metropolis of today. And through Cormac's remarkable adventures in both love and war, we come to know the city's buried secrets - the way it has been shaped by greed, race, and waves of immigration, by the unleashing of enormous human energies, and, above all, by hope.
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