Days Without End

Twice Booker Shortlisted Author Sebastian Barry Returns With A Sensational New Novel Set In Mid 19th Century America, An Intensely Poignant Story Of Two Men And The Lives They Are Dealt Time Was Not Something Then We Thought Of As An Item That Possessed An Ending, But Something That Would Go On For Ever, All Rested And Stopped In That Moment Hard To Say What I Mean By That You Look Back At All The Endless Years When You Never Had That Thought I Am Doing That Now As I Write These Words In Tennessee I Am Thinking Of The Days Without End Of My Life And It Is Not Like That Now Having Signed Up For The US Army In The 1850s, Aged Barely Seventeen, Thomas McNulty And His Brother In Arms, John Cole, Go On To Fight In The Indian Wars And, Ultimately, The Civil War.Orphans Of Terrible Hardships Themselves, They Find These Days To Be Vivid And Alive, Despite The Horrors They Both See And Are Complicit In.Moving From The Plains Of The West To Tennessee, Sebastian Barry S Latest Work Is A Masterpiece Of Atmosphere And Language Both An Intensely Poignant Story Of Two Men And The Lives They Are Dealt, And A Fresh Look At Some Of The Most Fateful Years In America S Past, Days Without End Is A Novel Never To Be Forgotten.Days Without End

Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright, novelist and poet He is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland s finest writersBarry s literary career began in poetry before he began writing plays and novels In recent years his fiction writing has surpassed his work in the theatre in terms of success, having once been considered a playwright who wrote occasional nove

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Days Without End
  • Sebastian Barry
  • English
  • 14 June 2019
  • 9780571277018

10 thoughts on “Days Without End

  1. says:

    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 bear, but they do survive and find ways to ensure their basic needs are taken care of They follow what small opportunities knock right into the army out west They grow in love with each other and they adopt as their own a little orphaned Sioux girl to love and take care of.There is far in this story to discover as their adventures also include a ferocious stint in the Union army during the Civil War until they are captured.The time frame of this story has to have been one of the most brutal in the history of the United States Persecution of different races was everywhere immi...

  2. says:

    Wow..I 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 Goodreads.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 young men looked back on their youth Sebastian Barry deserves all the attention he is getting for this book His writing is brilliant, beautiful, educational, humorous, gut wrenching, intimate, gripping, poetic, and raw, This is also a deeply felt love story between two men it would be hard nose for anyone not to fall in love with both of them and their love for...

  3. says:

    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 be...

  4. says:

    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 m...

  5. says:

    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 could have met myself 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 There s old sorrow in your blood like second nature and new sorrow that maddens the halls of sense Causes an uproar there Killing hurts the heart and soils the soul In m...

  6. says:

    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 surface it wasn t perhaps quite so successful There s so much action in this novel that the characters barely have time to talk to each other which means we don t get to know them very well And the narrator doesn t do nuance where his friends are concerned He s unremittingly generous Therefore, we learn little about his companions except that they are flawless human beings, deserving of our full sympathy In this respect I couldn t help comparing it a little unfavorably with Peter Carey s True History of the Kelly Gang another novel narrat...

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    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 prose and language far than enjoying the somewhat improbable circumstances and unfolding events of the novel This was my first time reading Sebastian Barry, and his talent to turn a phrase and paint with words vivid descriptions all in the voice of a singular character is incredible I felt a bit removed though from the proceedings even though I believed the emotions and ideas described, I myself was not invested in the outcome, mainly because the ending felt inevitable and a bit predictable if not also sentimental and satisfying But I thoroughly loved the writing the descriptions, dialogue, and reflections on war and brutality and suffering and friendship were so grounded in reality and yet elevated to almost poetry in terms of the beauty I d probably give this 3.5 stars, but rounded up to 4 for its overall literary excellence, even if I wasn t emotionally connected or drawn into the characters...

  8. says:

    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 Goodreads 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 faint of heart as there are some vivid descriptions of brutality but if you can get past these there is amidst the violence and brutality, beauty in the love and a sense of family found here I ve read other books by Sebastian Barry but this one was different not focusing on Irish family plights, although our narrator Thomas McNulty has fled the famine in Ireland It s impossible to not get connected to Thomas and John Cole , orphaned boys who find each hiding under a bush and fi...

  9. says:

    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 Barry, vividly portrays the US Indian wars and the Civil War His two main characters are the finest of mankind Two people you would love to count as friends Fighting men as brave as they come, but also fiercely loyal and kind hearted.What a joy to listen to the Irish brogue of Aidan Kelly I am thankful to have decided on the audiobook The writing had me looking through the eyes of McNulty like I was there throughout their hardships and adventur...

  10. says:

    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 Ireland during the time of the Great Famine, came to America, and after many years surviving as a dancer in a saloon along with his then new found friend John Cole, they volunteered and joined the Army when he was seventeen, or thereabouts, in Missouri If you had all your limbs they took you If you were a one eyed boy they might take you too even so The only pay worse than the worst pay in America was army pay Yes, the army took me, I m proud to say Thank God John Cole was my first friend in America and so in the army too and the last friend for that matter He was with me nearly all through this exceeding surprising Yankee sort of life which was good going in every way No t...

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