Books - Review

Showing all books by: Sebastian Barry

A Long Long Way
Innocent young Willie heads off to WW1 leaving his sisters, father and the love of his life behind in Dublin. Meanwhile the Easter Rising takes place causing much confusion and heartache re loyalties etc. Lots of quiet courage in the face of death, and loyalty amongst comrades as well as all the stupid carnage and horrific trench warfare you'd expect from a WW1 novel.
Excellent story, nice characters, quite moving. Hard not to compare to Birdsong of course, which I may have to re-read now so I can review it. Finishing this book represents my first completion of a Booker shortlist (2005), which has happened by chance rather than any deliberate plan - except for this book which I did specifically choose, just to finish off the set. Good to see I resoundingly would not have chosen the winner!
Score: 8
Published: 2005
Read: September 16th 2012

Days Without End
The story of impoverished immigrants to America joining the army and being roped into the wars against the Indians. They survive the horrors and the dehumanising experience and rescue the daughter of a chief from being murdered by vengeful troopers. They grow to love the girl but then the Civil War threatens to destroy their newfound desire for a peaceful life. They also have to manage their gay relationship in the face of predujice and fear.
Really good. Great characters, lots of action and a cool story. Obviously I have no idea really but seemed historically entirely plausible too. Just been longlisted for Booker, I am ahead of the game, woohoo go me.
Score: 8.5
Published: 2016
Read: July 5th 2017