Friday, August 11, 2017

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry
narrated by Aidan Kelly

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Just released: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Viking
Genre: Literary, Historical, Military, LGBTQ, American Indian
Hardback: 272
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
The method of laying out a corpse in Missouri sure took the proverbial cake.

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.


My two-bits:

This Irish immigrant story takes you to America by way of military life. It gets into the violence involved for the struggle of survival and freedom in different degrees. Scraps of love can also be found in this "Wild West" setting.


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* COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

* LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Man Booker Prize Reading Challenge (here)

3 comments:

  1. Love fiction stories that follow Western History. It does have a lot of elements which look good.

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  2. The cover was boring, but reading on this actually sounds really good.

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