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.
"Days Without End - quick review"
I first saw Sebastian Barry when he won the Costa book prize for this wonderful book.
The story and the characters lean into me and fill me with warmth. Sebastian seems to me a man who I would enjoy talking to one winters night at a pub in Cork, or maybe Galway?
Aidan Kelly is the perfect choice of reader. He conveys the narrative from the page, to the mind of the listener as only a true fire-cracking, spell weaving Gaelic storyteller can.
Simply wonderful. Sebastian, or Aidan, happy to buy you a pint if ever the opportunity arises.
Dennis M McNamara
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!
"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.
"Spell binding prose"
After a couple of chapters I almost gave up! Thank goodness I didn't.
"Brilliant book, beautifully narrated
This is a most wonderful book. It works on many different levels. It is beautifully written and a literary tour de force. It is an unputdownable page turner.
Thomas Mc Nulty, a refugee from the Irish Potato Famine, relates his story of love, war and peace. His tale includes brilliant descriptions of life in the American Wild West and harrowing accounts of the savagery of the American Civil War.
The underlying homosexual love story is told in a way, which after the initial surprise, fits in beautifully and naturally with the rest of the story.
The audible narrator does a great job bringing the voice of Mc Nulty to life.
"Lyrical and visceral writing"
This book really impressed me - the writing was superb and painted such a clear picture of the intensely difficult life of a poor, gay, Sligo man and the love of his life the 'handsome John Cole'. I particularly loved the landscape descriptions and was horrified by the blood and guts of the fighting scenes and the injustices towards the indigenous Indians of America. It was narrated in beautiful, lyrical Irish tones which helped during the more bloodthirsty descriptions of army life. I think it would make a great movie - though the language of the landscape would get lost. Loved it!
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