I can’t stop thinking about this book, and am reminded yet again how reading changes your life by opening your heart and mind. This book is narrated in first person by Thomas McNulty, a young man who lost his family in the Irish Potato Famine and then comes to the United States at 17 with nothing. His story about fighting in the Indian wars and the Civil war is violent, harrowing and heartbreaking, however he has some happiness by making a family of sorts with his brother in arms and an orphaned Sioux girl. I wept at the transcendent beauty and humanity in this magnificent work.
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.
About the Author
Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for Days Without End and the Costa Book Award for The Secret Scripture. Barry has also won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of six previous novels and lives in Ireland.