Mulligan is a historical novel set during the violent time of the Irish famine, the American Civil War and the post Civil War period. The protagonist is Michael Mulligan, Irish freedom fighter and outlaw in his own country, theatre producer, friend of Edwin Booth and Civil War cavalry officer. He abandons a band of Irish assassins and takes an Anglo Irish landowner's brideMulligan is a historical novel set during the violent time of the Irish famine, the American Civil War and the post Civil War period. The protagonist is Michael Mulligan, Irish freedom fighter and outlaw in his own country, theatre producer, friend of Edwin Booth and Civil War cavalry officer. He abandons a band of Irish assassins and takes an Anglo Irish landowner's bride to Quebec, but when she dies on Grosse Isle of ship fever, he must travel alone to America. After surviving Gettysburg, he discovers that the post Civil War period is even more dangerous while transporting the body of a slain English journalist and his widow to Chesapeake Bay for repatriation to England. They meet depraved marauders on the way to a ruined Richmond. The violence continues with Custer's war against the Sioux and Cheyenne. One day, Michael Mulligan will return as an old man to Ireland where his old band of Irish "Levelers" are waiting. Will his age and the passage of time bring forgiveness? Buy this epic and find out....
|Title||:||Mulligan: A Celtic Romance|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||316 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mulligan: A Celtic Romance Reviews
Mulligan, an e-book by Michael Corrigan follows Michael Dunne/Mulligan in a sprawling epic style historical novel.Ten-year-old Michael Dunne, a precocious 10-year-old Irish Pavee, leaves the gypsy clan and talks his way into joining a travelling band of performers. The troupe leader Tyrone Mulligan eventually adopts and sends him to Oxford where he spends a year. During the intervening time he becomes a member of the evasive and deadly Irish freedom fighters. Against their creed and thus a possible target for life, he leaves Ireland, running away with his ‘true love’ who is wife of an Irish/English Lord who is grossly irresponsible to his starving tenants and also accountable for the death of Michael’s father. She dies as one of the many victims of typhus so prevalent in the ships carrying the departing Irish peasants to Canada. He stays on at quarantined Grosse Isle to aid the sick and bury the dead. Quarantine lifted he next appears in San Francisco where he is acquainted with the famous acting Booth family and saves the older brother of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, from being shanghaied. He marries, and after his wife dies, raises a son for several years until joining the Union cavalry and leaving the boy with a good family. He participates in some of the bloodiest battles of the war. Wounded and in the hospital, he still is called upon to restrain others while their limbs are being amputated. Following final hostilities he is assigned the nightmarish task of clearing the battlefields of the decomposing bodies and parts thereof. Through the years he enters other tragic relationships but ultimately reunites with his son and eventually returns to Ireland where he dies during a mystical reunion.The story centers on some of the darkest periods of the tumultuous 19th century as the protagonist moves from the devastating Irish famine and the English/Irish struggle, to the plight of many refugees, to America with its Civil War and shambolic growing pains. The protagonist resolutely moves through this chaotic period performing admirably as an Irish freedom fighter, thespian, gentle ‘horse whisperer’, Civil War Cavalry officer, post-war adventurer and successful theatre producer. Through it all Michael is a tragic, often seemingly somewhat detached figure moving through his life – a disassociation that quite reasonably would arise from the psychological adjustment required simply to mentally survive the almost constant exposure to tragedy in the roles he was forced to play.Conclusion: A fascinating, often sad presentation of the dark side of the turbulent 19th century as it evolved, encapsulated in one man’s journey.5* Intriguing, somewhat depressing encapsulation of 19th century tragic episodes enclosed in one man’s journey. Reviewed by John H. Manhold