The Temporary Gentleman Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

The Temporary Gentleman


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698163485
  • Total Read : 68
  • File Size : 14,7 Mb

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The Temporary Gentleman Summary:

A stunning new novel from the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture. Sebastian Barry's latest novel, A Thousand Moons, is now available. Irishman Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman”—an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he’s writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel—as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer—has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp. Award-winning author Sebastian Barry’s The Temporary Gentleman is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that brilliantly reimagine characters from Barry’s own family.

The Temporary Gentleman Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

The Temporary Gentleman


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2014-03-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571276981
  • Total Read : 74
  • File Size : 17,5 Mb

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The Temporary Gentleman Summary:

Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp. A heart-breaking portrait of one man's life - of his demons and his lost love - The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2010-11-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571266821
  • Total Read : 92
  • File Size : 7,9 Mb

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The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty Summary:

Following the end of the First World War, Eneas McNulty joins the British-led Royal Irish Constabulary. With all those around him becoming soldiers of a different kind, however, it proves to be the defining decision of his life when, having witnessed the murder of a fellow RIC policeman, he is wrongly accused of identifying the executioners. With a sentence of death passed over him he is forced to flee Sligo, his friends, family and beloved girl, Viv. What follows is the story of this flight, his subsequent wanderings, and the haunting pull of home that always afflicts him. Tender, witty, troubling and tragic, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty tells the secret history of a lost man.

Days Without End Book
Score: 4
From 34 Ratings

Days Without End


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-01-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698168633
  • Total Read : 80
  • File Size : 10,5 Mb

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Days Without End Summary:

COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE "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 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.

The Secret Scripture Book
Score: 4
From 82 Ratings

The Secret Scripture


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-06-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101202920
  • Total Read : 89
  • File Size : 9,6 Mb

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The Secret Scripture Summary:

An epic story of family, love, and unavoidable tragedy from the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist. Now a major motion picture starring Rooney Mara. Sebastian Barry's latest novel, Days Without End, is now available. Sebastian Barry's novels have been hugely admired by readers and critics, and in 2005 his novel A Long Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In The Secret Scripture, Barry revisits County Sligo, Ireland, the setting for his previous three books, to tell the unforgettable story of Roseanne McNulty. Once one of the most beguiling women in Sligo, she is now a resident of Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital and nearing her hundredth year. Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an engrossing tale of one woman's life, and a poignant story of the cruelties of civil war and corrupted power. The Secret Scripture is now a film starring Rooney Mara, Eric Bana, and Vanessa Redgrave.

A Long Long Way Book
Score: 4
From 21 Ratings

A Long Long Way


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2010-11-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571266838
  • Total Read : 77
  • File Size : 13,8 Mb

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A Long Long Way Summary:

One of the most vivid and realised characters of recent fiction, Willie Dunne is the innocent hero of Sebastian Barry's highly acclaimed novel. Leaving Dublin to fight for the Allied cause as a member of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he finds himself caught between the war playing out on foreign fields and that festering at home, waiting to erupt with the Easter Rising. Profoundly moving, intimate and epic, A Long Long Way charts and evokes a terrible coming of age, one too often written out of history. 'A stunning achievement ... Barry has written one of the most moving fictional accounts of war that surely must rank alongside those real-life testimonies of Owen and Sasson.' Sunday Tribune 'The story grips, shocks and saddens; but most importantly refuses to be forgotten.' The Times 'In darkly beautiful, inventive and evocative prose Barry tells the filthy truths of war.' Ireland on Sunday 'With disarming lyricism, Barry's novel leads the readers into a hellish no-man's-land, where the true madness of war can only be felt and understood rather than said.' Observer '[It] passionately documents a period of collective sacrifice and courage across Europe and beyond, as well as momentous political upheaval in Ireland.' Time Out 'The most remarkable shared imaginative universe in Irish writing belongs to the poet, playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry who, like an archaeologist, has slowly and deftly delved back through his myriad ancestors to let them breathe again ... A Long Long Way is a major novel ... perhaps his greatest work.' Dermot Bolger, Sunday Independent 'It is more mature, more modulated, more quietly challenging than any of his fiction heretofore, A Long Long Way therefore deserves to win for Barry a renewed attention.' Irish Times 'A deeply moving story of courage and fidelity' J M Coetzee 'Many say Sebastian Barry writes like an angel and they are right, provided they remember he is on the side of the angels that fell. He shares his longing that his hero

On Canaan s Side Book
Score: 4
From 30 Ratings

On Canaan s Side


  • Author : Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-09-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101544259
  • Total Read : 96
  • File Size : 11,6 Mb

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On Canaan s Side Summary:

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of The Secret Scripture. Sebastian Barry's latest novel, Days Without End, is now available. A first-person narrative of Lilly Bere’s life, On Canaan’s Side opens as the eighty-five-year-old Irish émigré mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly, the daughter of a Dublin policeman, revisits her eventful past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland at the end of the First World War. She continues her tale in America, where—far from her family—she first tastes the sweetness of love and the bitterness of betrayal. Spanning nearly seven decades, Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary fifth novel explores memory, war, family ties, love, and loss, distilling the complexity and beauty of life into his haunting prose.

A Gentleman in Moscow Book
Score: 5
From 4 Ratings

A Gentleman in Moscow


  • Author : Amor Towles
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 482
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399564048
  • Total Read : 76
  • File Size : 11,6 Mb

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A Gentleman in Moscow Summary:

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a Showtime/Paramount series starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.