Days Without End

Days Without End

A Novel

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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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525427360
0525427368
Branch Call Number: BARRY S
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 22 cm

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ryner
Dec 01, 2020

At once charming and disturbing in its frankness, this is the story of 17-year-old Thomas and his friend John, who join the army, experiencing first conflict with native tribes in the west and, then fighting in the Civil War. It is a memorable cast of characters they encounter and variously befriend, alienate and adopt as family through the years. To readers who might shy away from something that sounds like a "war story," give this one a try. It is ultimately a story of friendship, love and family.

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sjanke2
Jun 27, 2020

Days Without End is a positively radiant piece of gay Civil War fiction. Barry’s colloquial narrative voice is unlike anything I’ve read. I never would have guessed that in my twenties I’d grow fond of Western stories.

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SLDESLIPPE
Feb 18, 2020

The use of language in this story is incredible. I was amazed at how poetic it was considering that it's a first person narrative from the perspective of an uneducated soldier. The author really knew his main character and made him come alive.

My only issue was with the ending, which I won't spoil except to say that I didn't think it jived with the rest of the story. Other than that, well done.

Tigard_AnnieS Jan 23, 2019

This literary Western is told through the eyes of Thomas McNulty, an orphaned Irish Immigrant fleeing poverty and famine. In America he meets the love of his life, John Cole, and together they set out making a life in the Army; first in the Indian Wars, then in the Civil War. Told in lyrical and prose this novel will haunt you long after you have finished it, leaving you to wonder what other beautiful stories we have missed because they do not fit in the dominant narrative.

Hillsboro_AnnieS Oct 23, 2018

This literary Western is told through the eyes of Thomas McNulty, an orphaned Irish Immigrant fleeing poverty and famine. In America he meets the love of his life, John Cole, and together they set out making a life in the Army; first in the Indian Wars, then in the Civil War. Told in lyrical and prose this novel will haunt you long after you have finished it, leaving you to wonder what other beautiful stories we have missed because they do not fit in the dominant narrative.

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empbee
Jun 12, 2018

A "modern" relationship set in historical setting written in a pleasing style.

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ronbrouwer
Apr 15, 2018

Outstanding. Devastating, comic and heartbreaking. Certainly one of the best books I have read in a long time.

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kwsmith
Dec 03, 2017

Written in a dense literary style, this serious novel of the American Indian and Civil Wars is very well crafted but not very entertaining. The two main characters, an unlikely pair of adorable cross-dressing homosexual cowboys, passively witness countless tragedies through the early American wars.

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geordie18
Sep 14, 2017

Thomas McNulty , aged barely 17 , flees the Irish famine for the USA. In the 1850's, he joins the US Army , fighting in the Indian Wars- the Sioux and Yurok . With his brother in arms, John Cole, he goes on to join the Civil War. In between battles scenes is the touching story of two young men, and the makeshift family that they create with a young Sioux girl .

The battle scenes far outweighed the more interesting and touching story of Thomas, John and young Winona. The three led an unconventional life, which was by far the more interesting part of the book for me. I suppose I learned some details of the American Indian Wars as well as the Civil War, but overall, this was not the book for me.

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njon38
Sep 03, 2017

long listed for the Mann Booker 2017 it is a spare story about Thomas McNulty an Irish emigrant from the great hunger making his way in the American frontier. Every sentence is astonishing, not a wasted word. In some ways its cometmplates the same theme as Pauline' Jilette's News of the World, i.e. what makes a family, how does one make a life after horrific experiences. Two men and an orphan Indian child travel through the American west and the American civil war.

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