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Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry


Overview - COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
-A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making.---Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize winning author of The Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant

-A haunting archeology of youth .
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Overview
COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
-A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making.---Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize winning author of The Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant

-A haunting archeology of youth . . . Barry introduces a narrator who speaks with an intoxicating blend of wit and wide-eyed awe, his unsettlingly lovely prose unspooling with an immigrant's peculiar lilt and a proud boy's humor.---The New York Times Book Review
From the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry, -a master storyteller- (Wall Street Journal), comes a powerful new novel of duty and family set against the American Indian and Civil Wars

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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780525427360
  • ISBN-10: 0525427368
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

Barrys (The Secret Scripture) latest novel features Irish orphan boy Thomas McNulty, who departs Sligo during the potato famine to make his way to America. On the Missouri frontier, Thomas and best buddy John Cole work in a saloon dressing up as female dancing partners for local miners. When the boys mature enough to look more like men, they enlist in the Army, ending up as soldiers in the brutal Indian Wars while secret lovers at night. After their tour of duty ends, they head to Grand Rapids, where they perform onstage in drag, accompanied by Winona, a nine-year-old Sioux they care for like a daughter. With the Civil War looming, Thomas and John Cole join the Union Army, only to encounter more suffering and senseless violence fighting in the Valley of Virginia, then as prisoners of war at Andersonville. Eventually they are freed, but the past catches up: Winonas uncle, Catch-His-Horse-First , wants her back. Barrys description of Thomass courageous effort to protect Winona achieves the drama and pathos of the authors best fiction. Other parts of the novel prove erratic. Despite moments of humor and colorful metaphors, Thomass inconsistent, occasionally unconvincing narrative voice wavers between lyricism and earthiness. Thomass trail of woe, though historically accurate, makes for onerous reading. The explicit battle scenes may also be difficult to take, but they have energy and intensity, in contrast with Thomas and Johns love story, which traces without much drama how Thomas comes to realize he prefers dresses to a uniform. (Jan.)

 
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