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 horrorThomas 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.
Days Without End Thomas McNulty aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland signs up for the U S Army in the s With his brother in arms John Cole Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian War
Sebastian Barry is not a writer He is an alchemist who turns what is base and depressing and disastrous into gold that sparkles with exuberance, a sense of adventure, and hope And a vein of optimistic and wide eyed wonder runs through the gold like silver.This novel tells the story of two young orphaned boys who happen to take shelter beneath the same shrub in a rainstorm and become fast friends They experience hardship together where hunger and lack of decent clothing and no shelter is hard to [...]
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend A heartrending, vivid retelling of the Indian Wars, recounted by a protagonist with a distinct and memorable narrative voice Days Without End being absent from the 2017 Man Booker shortlist is a travesty.
WowI admit to staying away from this book and then I read Jaline s review I don t think I really knew what to expectbut whatever it was it wasn t this Jaline s review was a clear punch in the stomach I felt an urgency to read it I finished it seconds ago Since there are already many wonderful reviews on.I m only going to add a few things I m glad I read it The Indian Wars and Civil Wars were horrific brutal with no real heroes or villains Too many lives were lost for anyone to feel good But two [...]
My friend Wyndy recommended this book to me, and in her own review said that she didn t write well enough to do justice to this book The truth is that no one does It contains worlds, but at it s heart is the story of 3 people coming together to make a family It is told through the eyes and in the words of Thomas McNulty, and his language carries you away like a river I give you some of his words We were two wood shavings of humanity in a rough world Man, we was so clean and nice, I wished I coul [...]
A wonderfully poetic book, about a violent period in America s history I would compare it to McCarthy s Blood Meridian although different in style But both bloody stories, told in the poetic voice of two different authors A contradiction of poetry and bloody war which in a weird way works, delivering a heartfelt book Not an easy read for me, but beautifully written Focus was essential for me to really appreciate the story Because of study and work, I wasn t able to do so at first, and oh, the bo [...]
Sometimes you know you ain t a clever man But likewise sometimes the fog of usual thoughts clears off in a sudden breeze of sense and you see things clear a moment like a clearing country We blunder through and call it wisdom but it ain t They say we be Christians and suchlike but we ain t They say we are creatures raised by God above the animals but any man that has lived knows that s damned lies Days Without End is extremely well written historical fiction that overall left me admiring the pro [...]
A story of the American West and the Civil War told by a young Irish immigrant, written by an Irish author If it weren t for the glowing reviews of some trusted friends I may have skipped this, and I m so glad I didn t because this book works so well on so many levels First and foremost it was the writing with language that soars in its simplicity Secondly, Barry gives us big slice of American history in such a small volume, which is powerful and painful to read at times This is not for the fain [...]
Sebastian Barry s Days Without End was a bit reminiscent to me of the strange travels in News of the World with writing that reminded me of my grandfather s reading to me of Walt Whitman Not that I haven t read Whitman on my own, but I only hear it any in my grandfather s voice There s a lovely, if somber, touch to the writing, with prose that sings the song of every man We were two wood shavings of humanity in a rough world This story is narrated by a young Thomas McNulty, a youth who fled Irel [...]
Fabulous storytelling and narrative voice The excitement of this novel told in feverish lyrical prose is unrelenting We get an intimate first hand account of the plains wars with the Sioux, the civil war and the lawlessness of the settler towns in the wild west There s barely a page in this novel where you re not fearing for the lives of the novel s three central characters who form a misfit family two male lovers and their adopted Indian child The surface of this novel is dazzling.Beneath the s [...]
Whatever it was that I was expecting from this novel, it s not what I got It was bloody, beautiful, affecting than anything I had imagined Even if sometimes I felt like it lost itself within its own cleverness, this did not detract from the overall power of the story and the narrator If anything the dissonance between the voice and the character of Thomas McNulty is what makes his piercing perceptiveness so effective he is talking about than his own story, he reflects the greater story of co [...]
This is the first book I have read that is new enough to qualify for this year s Booker prize, and it sets the bar pretty high This is a wild picaresque fantasy set in nineteenth century America, and is very different to any of Barry s previous novels, all of which are much closer to modern Ireland This time the narrator Thomas, another member of the Sligo McNulty family, is a poor Irish boy who has lost his family to the potato famine and has found his way across the Atlantic.Thomas meets John [...]
Things just go on Lot of life is just like that I look back over fifty years of life and I wonder where the years went I guess they went like that, without me noticing much A man s memory might have only a hundred clear days in it and he has lived thousands Can t do much about that We have our store of days and we spend them like forgetful drunkards I ain t got no argument with it, just saying it is so What an absolutely beautiful story And believe me, I never thought I d find myself saying that [...]
3.5 stars 2016 Costa Book of the Year winner Barry s prose as always is beautiful and vivid and he captures the most fateful years in America s past.Days Without End is a coming of age story about friendship, survival love and the tragedies of war.This is my fifth novel by Sebastian Barry and Days Without End has a connection with other novels by this author and the McNulty Family, this time we are introduced to Thomas an ancestor who is orphaned during the Irish Famine and at the age of 17 make [...]
An entirely believable look at the life of the American soldier in the 1850s and 1860s, this novel succeeds due to its folksy dialect and a perfect balance between adventuresome spirit and repulsion at wartime carnage While it shares some elements with Westerns and Civil War fiction, it s unique in several ways Though thrilling and episodic, it s deeply thoughtful as well Thomas writes semi literate English but delivers profound, beautiful statements all the same Lovely metaphors and memorable t [...]
Wow, you know, this book is just really not for me First I tried reading it in print and the language felt so archaic and forced, and part of me was resisting the idea of an Irishman writing a western, I think My immediate gut reaction was a big nope.But it s on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize And people I respect have given it five stars I decided to try it on audio because it s available in Hoopla, but it s the kind of story where my brain just tunes it out And it s weird to hear it in a [...]
Finally finished this vividly imagined, intoxicating tale on querness, violence and atrocious American history I m drained, elated, enraptured and sickened to be on the roller coater ride with dancing boys dressed as women to the same boys joining army and brutally killing Indians The language is a hearty made up vernacular worthy of Mark Twain Stick with it, you ll be glad you did.And to you Mr Barry, I beg you to please let me sit and stare at you when you write Iet me be your slave.
This book has just been incredible Wanted to read it all in one go yet wanted it to never end A miniature epic All the feels Not sure how I ll manage to review it, that good One of those.
Days Without End By the HushWell it s by the hush, me boys, and sure that s to hold your noise And listen to poor Paddy s sad narration I was by hunger pressed, and in poverty distressed So I took a thought I d leave the Irish nation Paddy s Lamentation, Traditional, Author Unknown That s why no one will talk, reflects Thomas, feeling that what has happened is simply not accounted as a subject That s because we were thought worthless Nothing people I guess that s what it was That thinking just b [...]
I loved, loved this book Days Without End is one of the finest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading I ve luckily been able to say this twice this year Winner of the Costa Book Award, this historical fiction is about two young Irish men leaving the great famine behind to come to America Thomas McNulty, in the first narrative, takes us through American history with his best friend and partner, John Cole, by joining the Army to make a living A violently written novel, the author, Sebastian [...]
It s a bittersweet feeling to finish a book that s had me in such a hold for these last few days I am delighted to have read it but I m already missing that world and the people in it most particularly Thomas McNulty As wonderful a narrator as I ve come across in months I ve read a great deal of books in differing styles, and somehow it still surprises me when I come across something so inimitable as this What gives this book it s individuality, in my opinion, is Thomas s voice He s such an amal [...]
Probably the best written book I ve read all year.
Has an Irishman written the Great American Novel The question is not theoretical Sebastian Barry s latest novel is the fourth time he has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize The novel is his seventh, but it is Barry s long experience writing for the theatre thirteen plays already that lends excitement to this work After the years of excellent effort, suddenly Thomas Thomasina McNulty springs full grown from Barry s well tilled field The extraordinary success of this gem of a novel set in 18 [...]
3.5 For a 300 page novel this sure took me an inordinate amount of time to get through I don t know if I just wasn t in the mood for lyrical westerns or the fact I poked my eyeball with a stalk of grass half way through or that I just could not fully believe in these Civil War era cross dressing soldiers Whatever the reason, I just didn t have the love for this It was undoubtably a beautifully written jewel of a thing, but it left me cold I was a few chapters in before I realised Sebastian Barry [...]
Review published on on 10th October 2016 Days Without End by Sebastian Barry5 stars 10 out of 10I have read several of Sebastian Barry s earlier books my favourite of which is The Secret Scripture , so I was very interested in reading this latest novel of his.This novel is a first person narrative told by Thomas McNulty, who came over to the USA from Ireland as a child, during the Famines It tells of his life as a soldier in both the Indian Wars and the Civil War, and after.The period covered by [...]
Things that give you heart are rare enough, better note them in your head when you find them and not forget DAYS WITHOUT END is the latest entry from Sebastian Barry in his loose, multi generational McNulty family series, and it s his best one yet With this one, he takes us to a completely different time and place the American West, the Indian Wars, and the Civil War It s a surprising and wholly original take on men in wartime.There is harrowing violence and suffering battlefields, massacres, a [...]
I am giving up I just can t read any of this novel and I feel bad about that I didn t or couldn t connect with any of the characters and just wanted it all to end I have loved Mr Barry before but this book was just not for me at all I think, when every page becomes a torture to read, it is time to throw in the towel I tried, I really did making it up to page 181 but I am done.
Forte Laramie desenhoSebastian Barry nasceu em Dublin, Rep blica da Irlanda em 1955, dramaturgo, poeta e romancista conquistou v rios pr mios liter rios destacando se recentemente o Pr mio Costa Melhor Livro do Ano 2016 para o romance dias sem fim Thomas McNulty um jovem, com treze anos de idade, que tal como muitos dos pioneiros americanos no s c XIX pretende apenas ter uma vida melhor, n o tem ra zes familiares fugiu da Irlanda em virtude da grande fome de 1845 1849 perdera a sua fam lia em co [...]
I have some catching up to do Days Without End is Sebastian Barry s seventh title in a canon that follows the Dunnes of Dublin and the McNultys of Sligo through two centuries and multiple continents I first encountered Barry through his soul ripping A Long, Long Way, one of the most powerful war in this case WWI novels I have ever encountered And then again in A Secret Scripture, a private meditation on grief and memory and a rebuke of a culture that bound women into a prison of inescapable soci [...]
Lots to love about this book Barry creates a character who arrives in America from Ireland with nothing to lose and willing to try just about anything to survive Thus he gets a job impersonating a woman in a wild frontier town with his best friend From here he signs up to the army and participates in pivotal moments of American history the Indian wars and the civil war I was very impressed by how convincingly Barry evoked the wild west and deftly he sustained tension throughout Essentially thoug [...]
Let s call it 4.5 rounded way up There comes the time when you find that book you know, the one that you put down when you ve finished and just sit and stare off into space for a while because you re so taken with what you ve just read that you can t move I haven t felt this way since I read Lincoln in the Bardo earlier this year How coincidental, since both novels have made it to this year s Man Booker Prize longlist I m a huge fan of Sebastian Barry s novels but really, I think he s absolutely [...]