Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, 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, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid.
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.
©2016 Sebastian Barry (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"[Barry's] words have a stony allure of the Irish poets and the lyrical pull of an epic storyteller." (The Boston Globe)
"Sebastian Barry's handling of voice and cadence is masterly. His fictional universe is filled with life, quiet truth, and exquisite intimacy." (Colm Tóibín, author of the Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn)
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"Masterpiece of writing"
Epic story skilfully read by authentic Irish narrator telling the tale of a tough survivor of the Great Hunger in Ireland, the so called Indian Wars and the American civil war. Highly recommended.
Riveting language makes this compelling story so interesting. I could not stop listening. It is read beautifully and the descriptive language is sublime
"What a wonderful book."
Sebastián Barry at his best - an interesting story filled with the most vivid descriptions bringing the scenes to life, well read and the story is a mixture of harsh realities of war and the love between the main characters.
I really enjoyed this book and could listen to it again.
"Lyrical prose perfectly narrated"
This is such an unusual story and a joy to listen to. It's set in the second half of 19th century America and features the Indian Wars and the Civil War but, most importantly, the deep friendship between two Irish immigrant soldiers.
Their adventures and tribulations are a feat of imagination and this novel sees Sebastian Barry back on top form.
A must read for everyone who enjoyed The Secret Scripture.
"Bleak and poignant"
I could not stop listening to this book beautifully crafted and compelling with excellent story also.
I have only experienced the audio version, but enjoyed it so much I am considering buying a printed copy. Aiden Kelly narrates the book superbly.
So many. I enjoyed this great novel from beginning to end with its beautiful prose and stunning similes.
'Days Without End' is the first Sebastian Barry book I have read/listened to, and I was so impressed with it I immediately bought his book, 'The Secret Scripture'.
Riveting book. Deservedly won Costa prize and sensitively read by Irish reader. Will be made into film assuredly. Can't recommend highly enough!
No way never best bit was the end This is the End
not great slow
No very hard going
Never been so board
"A beautiful story"
The poetry of the authors writing
The readers wonderful accent makes the story so much more authentic
it is incredibly uplifting in spite of some of the horrors told
"I didn't want it to end..."
A beautifully written story with a protagonist I grew to love. The narrator was spot on and, to my ears, honoured the authenticity of the language, dialect and sentiment. Quite unique.
"Wonderful and full of wonder"
It's easy to see why this book has won the Costa prize. It is a brilliant book. The language is almost poetic. Descriptions of the breathtaking landscape and of the people, sparkle with life.
It has been described as a gay love story, which it is, but it is so much more than that. it's about survival, comradeship and the sheer joy of youth.
Finally, Aidan Kelly's narration was superb. If is possible to enhance such a good book, then he did it. I listened to it the first time to follow the story and then I listened to it again just to enjoy the language
This is a story that had a huge impact on me. The characters and adventures were bright to life with the narration. Excellent listen if a little uncomfortable to listen to at time.
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