Harvard A to Z gOh Willie Dunn a painfully earnest young man off to the trenches He loves his family hisirl and his comrades at that tender age when life is all first times The Algerians were just over to his right The Algerians sang fine strange songs most of the day and at night now he could hear them laughing and talking in a sort of endless excitementThe trench was soon looking fairly smartThat s fucking better now said the sergeant major religiouslyThey did all that and then lurked in the perfected trench The Rice-Cake Rabbit getting muggy like old boxers The poor human mind played ueer tricks and you could forget even your name betimes and even the point of being there aside enduring the unstoppable blather of theuns What day oftentimes it was Willie would forgetThen a different day arrived Everyone had had a lash of tea and there was a lot of farting Kater George Im Urlaub going on after the big yellow beans that had come up around twelve As usual after they had eaten they were beginning to look at each other and think this St Julian wasn t the worst place they d been in It was the essential illusion bestowed on them by full stomachsA breeze had pushed through the tallrasses all day There was a yellow flower everywhere with a hundred tiny blooms on it The caterpillars loved them There were millions of caterpillars the same yellow as the flowers It was a yellow worldCaptain Pasley was in his new dugout writing his forms Every last thing that came in and every last thing that went out was accounted for Item and bodies Captain Pasley of course was obliged to read all the letters the men sent home and he did word for blessed word He thought it might break a man s heart to read them sometimes there was something awfully sad about some of the soldiers letters They didn t mean to make them sad which Integral Biomathics gave their efforts to be manly and cheerful a melancholy tinge But it had to be faced God help them they were funny enough efforts sometimes Some men wrote a letter as formal as a bishop some tried to write the inside of their heads like that young Willie Dunne It was a curiosityThe yellow cloud was noticed first by Christy Moran because he was standing on the fire step with his less than handy mirror arrangement looking out across the uiet battlefield That little breeze had freshened and it blew now against the ratty hair that dropped out of Christy Moran s hat here and there So the breeze was of a wind and was blowing full on against Christy s hat and mirror but it was nothing remarkableWhat was remarkable was the strange yellow tinged cloud that had just appeared from nowhere like a sea fog But not like a fog really he knew what a flaming fog looked like for God s sake being born and bred near the sea in fucking Kingstown He watched for a few seconds in his mirror straining to see and straining to understand It was about four o clock and all as peaceful as anything Not even theuns were firing now The caterpillars foamed on the yellow flowersAnd the rass died in the path of the cloud That was only Christy Moran s impression maybe he hoiked down the mirror a moment and wiped it clean with his cleanish sleeve Back up it went The cloud didn t look too deep but it was as wide as the eye could see Christy Moran was absolutely certain now he could see figures moving in the yellow smoke It must be some sort of way of hiding the advancing men he was thinking some new fashioned piece of warfare A long long way written by Sebastian Barry was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005 and tells an amazing and extremely well written storyThis is the third novel I have read by Barry and have to say he is fast becoming one of my favourite writersThis is the story of Willie Dunne who at the age of eighteen is too short to follow in his father s footsteps and become a policeman in Dublin but who is old enough to volunteer and fight for England in World War 1 and so Willie leaves behind Dublin his family and the irl he plans to marry to enlist in the allied forces in the Great War partly to prove himself a man and please his father At the time of the first world war there was an understanding among the Irish people that Ireland would ain Home Rule within the coming few years and young men like Willie Dunne took up the cause to fight for King Country and Empire against the Germans in the hope that this would further their cause while another section of Irish refused to fight for England and they instead took up Arms in the Rising of 1916 in Dublin to ain Irish freedom While Willie Dunne and the Dublin Fusiliers suffer abroad Dublin City is suffering during the Easter Rising and men like Willie Dunne and his comrades are thought of and regarded as traitors by their fellow countrymen Having recently visited Kilmainham Gaol where the executions in May 1916 of fourteen of the leaders of the failed 1916 Easter Rising took place and having the tour information and pictures of the executed men fresh in my head I was
emotionally and factually ready for a novel of this is a tough read and certainly not for and factually ready for a novel of this depthThis is tough read and certainly not for faint hearted so if you et put off by horrific scenes of war and vulgar and brutal happenings then this is not the novel for you but this certainly is account of war that that takes you right into the trenches with young Willie Dunne and his comrades and you experience a teensy tiny bit of their fear and their anguish and the sualor and the camaraderie of the men who both fight and die side by sideA 5 star rating for me and a book that will stay with me Certain mental images
can be a little too vivid When it comes to WW1 the be a little too vivid When it comes to WW1 the of the trenches the seared throats from deadly ases and the pants soiling horror of seeing a comrade s detached body parts inches away are associations powerful enough to shut us down There s only so far we can extend our comprehension in the face of palpable terror So how does a ood author milk it a little etting us past the autonomic desensitization and back into the boots of shared experience In Sebastian Barry s case he creates a character so earnest and eager to please that he seems custom built as an empathy magnet The fully realized inner life of Willie Dunne the 18 year old central figure a Dubliner one off to fight England s war combined with a fascinating account of the politics of Irish Home Rule made for uite a story It was beautifully written too Barry deserved his acclaim short listed for a BookerWillie loved and respected his father a policeman and loyal supporter of the crown At 5 6 tall Willie was not allowed to join his 6 6 da in the police force Sir Francis Galton s regression to the mean effect overshot in this case Aching for respect Willie signed up to fight the Germans in the name of the King The word was that Irish Home Rule would be ranted after these volunteers fought in common cause alongside the English Willie also had to leave his irlfriend behind along with his youthful innocence It didn t take long after the rand send off to realize what we all already knew war sucks Barry s descriptions were realistic and mortifying We re made to care about the men even for Inventing the Future getting to know them as people real sentient beings with personalities and aspirations A scene that reallyot to me was one where some middle ranking tough as nails Understanding Women guy named Christy seemingly against type had a soft spot for music He was temporarily at peace with the world when Willie sang Ave MariaWillie wasiven furlough for the Easter holiday It was a short happy stay but there was a massive confusion just as he was reporting back unshots and not ones coming from Germans It was the Easter Rising of 1916 where Irishmen who wanted Home Rule faster and assuredly than England would likely deliver rose up against them Willie and his fellow soldiers were asked to uell the uprising Our politically na ve protagonist had his eyes opened The remainder of the book had new conflicts to add to a mix that already seemed saturated with them Willie s ambivalence about the English cause didn t set well with his father Sentiment in Ireland had swung against the Dublin Fusiliers that Willie felt duty bound to stick with to the end Nor did the English command ive them much respect I wanted to tell a certain Major Stokes to stick it in his hole when he said What you Irish couldn t stand a little Verdammt verliebt gas And as if that wasn t enough our young hero hadirl troubles too The worst part of it all was how little of it Willie deserved He was such a The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, good kidStories like this need to end the way authors want them to with readers reading their books to find out not with overzealous reviewers spilling the beans The only thing I ll add is that an emotional involvement on the reader s part is likelyOn a personal note my wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a trip to Ireland The love of literature there and of words ineneral even away from the pubs was one of the Inverloch Volume 4 great things about the place They enjoy their history too with plenty of it around to engage them We learned a lot about the Easter Rising visiting the General Post Office where much of the rebellion took place Later we saw Kilmainham Gaol where many of the rebel leaders were imprisoned and in some cases executedTheaol has been featured in several films including The Italian Job the original one Michael Collins and In the Name of the Father U2 also filmed a video there with Bono lo. Format în cel mai pur spirit irlandez Sebastian Barry originar din Dublin este unul dintre scriitorii care n au ocolit nici un en literar Premiat în nenumarate rânduri pentru piesele sale Barry s a bucurat de aprecierile criticilor si în calitate de romancier si poet Fiu al actritei Joan O'Hara Sebastian Barry a fost educat la Trinity College în Dublin oras care l a racordat puternic la cauza irlandeza si care i a insuflat un simt acut de apartenenta la o mostenire culturala plina de tensiuni Teme legate de istoria traumatica a Irlandei si de natura dramatica a însasi conditiei de irlandez transpar în fiecare dintre scrierile lui Boss Grady's. ,
Irish men boys really as they o off to fight with the British army in World War I and as that April rolls around a war begins at home during Easter Week of 1916 The Easter Rising Between your own countrymen deriding you for being in the army and the army deriding you for your own slaughter a man didn t know what to be thinking A man s mind could be roaring out in pain of a sort The fact that the war didn t make a jot of sense any hardly came into it While this story is about the war the wars on both sides of these waters Barry s writing is so poetic while at the same time bringing the war in all its ruesome darkness to light It s shared through Willie s youthful and still pure somewhat na ve eyes So that the war itself the horror that surrounds and sometimes destroys these men shared through his eyes is softened It is war after all and there is no escaping the fact that many will not return home but again he shares his personal feelings and perspective which are filled with these men lost to the war There are also moments where his focus is on Gretta Willie s reminiscences of his love for her of the moments he holds close to his heart hoping she will write soon and hoping even that she will wait for his returnWhile this didn t uite live up to Days Without End for me I loved this story and loved following Willie s journey as a young fairly na ve young man as this begins through these dark days of war The best book I ve read in a handful of yearsI was moved beyond words by the lyrical beauty of the prose in this novel and by the way it shredded every sentimental thought I d ever had about the First World War the sentimentality of bravery and morality and justice and incorruptibility Barry s book created fresh wounds within me and healed them later within the same paragraph only to create a eneral ache and heartbreak for an entire eneration that was lost Our young protagonist was born in the dying days of an old century mewling his way into a stormy night that was neither spectacular nor noteworthy In these words Barry presages the manner in which our young man will find his way out of this life Neither spectacular nor noteworthy yet Willie Dunne s death encapsulates the monstrous expenditure of youth and vigour and potential that all went to hell in the fields of FlandersBarry has managed somehow to put into prose Wilfred Owen s Anthem for Doomed Youth What passing bells for these who die as cattle Only the monstrous anger of the uns Only the stuttering rifles rapid rattleCan patter out their hasty orisonsNo mockeries now for them no prayers nor bells Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells And bugles calling for them from sad shiresWhat candles may be held to speed them all Not in the hands of boys b On completionI thoroughly loved this book I finished listening to it and was desperate for I re listened to the last chapters Then I thought I simply cannot leave this book I searched to see what other books Sebastian Barry has written This is the first of a trilogy followed by first Annie Dunne and then On Canaan s Side I read what these books were about The central theme of these books diverge they are not about WW1 And this is the topic that I want of So I checked out The Absolutist and even listened to the narration at Audible Again I felt let down John Cormack s narration of A Long Long Way had been superb The snippet of The Absolutist just could not compare Was it the narrator that I had fallen in love with I listened to other books narrated by Cormackbut they were not what I wanted to listen to either And here I sit feeling desolate and sad because I want of the same I want Cormack s narration and Barry s prose I don t want to leave the camaraderie of the troops in the trenches of Belgium near Ypres Isn t it utterly strange that I do not want to leave the battlefields of WW1 That is the truth of the matter strange as it may seemNone of the other books I have read about WW1 have moved me as this has I believe I understand what that warfare was like It was horrible When the war ended it didn t really end All who lived through it would never be the same To understand the war itself you must look further than the blood and bombs and The Horse in Celtic Culture gas andrime and lice and all the physical horror of it There is still There was also what the soldiers shared with each other This is something very hard to comprehend to those of us who have not fought in wars This book shows you how the soldiers intimately depended needed and relied on each other I am so shaken by the ending that I don t know what to say I have no complaints There is nothing I would change about this bookHow do I sum up my feelings This book has beautiful lines and they are lines filled with meaning imparting
a poignant message This is a book about WW1 and a book about Ireland s in that warpoignant
Message This IsThis is a about WW1 and a book about Ireland s place in that war writing by Barry Excellent narration by CormackRead with Barbara and Dawn Here follow links to their reviews so you can follow our discussionsDawn thoughts as I read are added below Through chapter 6 part one This is excellent The writing is superb For me how an author chooses and lines up his words is very important The Irish dialect and dialogs are spot on And I love how horrid stuff is mixed with beauty and camaraderie and humor All of it seems enuine The narration audiobook by John Cormack has such oh so perfect Irish This narrator has to be added to my favorites list at least for Irish literatureThrough part oneI have yet to read a text that so brilliantly describes mustard as The first time the yellow fog crept along the Every Boys Dream ground the soldiers had no idea what it was Their fear and their instinctive horror engulfs the reader Then imagine their fear when they know its conseuences and it s used again and again and again This is frightening to read To the end of part one Imagine fighting a war for country and family only to discover that at home your efforts are not appreciated Originally the Irish went off to war in the belief that Home Rule would follow at the conclusion of the war But then there broke off a splinterroup that opposed any fighting done for the King the oppressor he who stood in the way of Home Rule They wanted uarantees of Home Rule before they would do any fighting for the English king In Dublin Irishmen were fighting and killing Irishmen It became a civil battle between the Irishmen themselves Those such as Willie Dunn fighting and dying in Flanders were despised Try and imagine how this would feel As if the war itself wasn t enough Barry adds this to the horrors of the trench warfare in Belgium Yes we are fighting but for what ETA To understand this history I had to listen to one part over and over again This is the only portion of the book where the dialect caused me some confusion I am not sure if the language was cryptic if I was being obtuse or if uite simply I was was obstinately demanding a thorough explanation of the historical events all summed up in one short dialog I have this need to thoroughly understand the historical facts I am satisfied The historical context is made a bit confusing because Willie is terribly confused and cannot comprehend why the Irish are fighting the Irish when he oes to Dublin on furlough In chapter eight Two things I would like to praise Again Barry highl Irish conflict in the war The Irish rarely were A Succession of Bad Days given high positions in the army They were judged on another scale He showed the English disdain for the Irish men when Willie is sent to headuarters with a message from his captain after aas attack The dialog really ripped me apart and made me want to punch some of those English particularly Major Stoker I am The Multi-Orgasmic Man guessing at the spelling Again I must explain how much I like the writing style particularly the brogue of the men in the trenches and the total lack of melodrama There is a level tone a distance to how the events are related This lack of melodrama makes the horror of the war seem even worse because you realize these are the true events with not a smidgen of exaggeration There is a tinge of irony disgust of human folly Yes Willie admitted when the officers said that the little Irishman stunkindeed he had soiled his trousers Due to fright This could be admitted Anyone who had been in the trenches during theas attack must acknowledge the blatant truthThrough chapter fourteen and part two Chapter fourteen is moving rim and a very difficult portion to readThis is trench warfare with all its ore and horror Tell me Barbara and Dawn how you react to this chapterWillie wished as he marches forward under the exploding bombs of both enemy and friendly fire that he were provided with blinkers as a horse on the road The sights and smells and cacophony were so overpowering Here follows a short uote How easily men were dismembered How uickly their parts were un stitched What this war needed were men made of steelThe hopelessness of it all struck him with force No one man had done anything but piss his trousers in terrorI admire the privates and their captain who must lead these men forward Barry even throws in the absurdity of all the papers these captains must fill in He has captured so many aspects of warfare The filth the food the camaraderie the desolation fear and even bureaucracy These are my thoughts as I read this chapter. Azi scriitorulCalea cea lunga se concentreaza pe conflictul trait de soldatii irlandezi trimisi sa lupte alaturi de trupele britanice în timpul celui de Al Doilea Razboi Mondial Willie Dunne fi The Great Passage gura centrala a romanului este exponentul unei întregieneratii de irlandezi despre care autorul însusi spunea ca „au fost prinsi pe partea resita a istoriei Discriminati pe front de fratii de arme britanici soldatii irlandezi o data întorsi acasavor fi tratati drept tradatori de conationali Un alt episod din conflictul mocnit dintre Irlanda si Anglia într un roman în care brutalitatea intrigii se însoteste paradoxal cu ratia stilului Alina Purcaru.
Sebastian Barry Õ 3 summaryOking very much like a man of the 80s45 stars It s a long way to TipperaryIt s a long way to Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) goIt s a long way to little Mary To the sweetestirl I knowGoodbye PiccadillyFarewell Leicester SuareIt s a long way to TipperaryBut my heart s right thereWorld War I the Great War as it was then known has produced some outstanding novels recounting the horrific mind numbing dehumanizing experiences of common soldiers locked in the death I Walk in Dread grip of trench warfare In the past year I have read two of those books Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and Fear by Gabriel Chevallier and reread another All uiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarue These stories are told from the perspective of three different nationalities Canadian French and German respectively but they share the common theme of ignoringrand strategy and spending little time on tactics while devoting most of their attention to the common soldier And the experiences of the soldiers in the trenches no matter their nationality differed very littleTrue I had read a The Life You Save great deal about the French and the Germans in that conflict and not as much about the Canadians but A Long Long Way was truly a learning experienceI had neveriven much any thought to the Irish role in the war and in fact little has been written about it I knew about the Irish revolt what came to be called the Easter Rising against the British in 1916 but I had never stopped to consider the fact that at the same time there were Irish soldiers in the British army fighting for King and Country and Empire A Long Long Way is the story of those Irish soldiers particularly through the eyes of Willie Dunne who joined the army at age seventeen They were young men who were placed in a no win situation Some were devoted loyalists to king and country while others favored home rule for their land while both joined the British army to fight the Germans their long range Tempting Meredith (Lovers and Friends, goals differed Unfortunately the English on one hand perceived them all to be potential or even actual mutineers while the Irish nationalists on the other hand considered them all to be traitors for serving in the British army Laura Barber writes in The GuardianWillie and the men like him went to war not so much to fight against the Germans but to fight for their country only to find that the most deadly enemy came from their own side and that the Ireland they hadrown up believing in had dissolved behind them like sugar in the rain Like the other three books mentioned earlier A Long Long Way is a story of horror and heartbreak with the most Inside MacPaint graphic description of horrific poisonas attacks that I have ever read in a work of fiction or nonfiction In other words like all Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, great war novels it is an anti war story Threatened as we are today by war after war and by the knee jerk unexamined beliefs that take us there it is books such as A Long Long Way that can force us to examine not only our own beliefs but to reflect on the beliefs of those that we choose to lead us Sebastian Barry was first and foremost a poet and a playwright before becoming a novelist and it shows in his proseood Fit For The Chase; Cars And The Movies general or bad everything ended always in thehastly tally of wrenching deaths His head was heavy now sore as a boxer s he wanted to have the matter explained to him he wanted God Himself to come down to where they were talking there and tell them what could be set against the numberless deaths to stop their minds inwardly weeping like cottages without roofs in a filthy rain Through the character of Willie Dunne Barry allows us not so much to imagine the war as to inhabit it and in doing so he has created a modern masterpiece The Boston GlobeWith disarming lyricism Barry s novel leads the reader into a hellish no man s land where the true madness of war can only be felt and understood rather than said The Observer This was short listed for the 2005 Man Booker I m certain it will be among my top five reads of 2008It s the story of a young Irish soldier caught between the warfields of Belgium and the battle raging at home between the royalists and the nationalists It s the most raphic and revealing treatment of WWI I ve encountered particularly of trench warfare and the horrors of mustard as It amazes me that anyone survived and sickens me how hundreds of thousands of young men were simply led to slaughter by colluding Luthor Huss governmentsDespite therim brutality of the subject the writing is so lyrical and beautiful the characters so full of hope and spirit Portions of it read almost like poetry yet the language is simple and earthyI was frustrated by the limpses of the 1916 Easter Uprising and the conflict that set Irish against Irish as if the reader already had a tacit understanding of that history and its nuances I was confused as to who was on which side in Ireland but then again that wasis the tragedy of the conflict in Ireland the division of a country was really the division of villages friends and familiesBut bottom line it s an incredible book devastating and beautiful
I cried at the end even though I knew what was coming And I cried forcried at the end even though I knew what was coming And I cried for lives that were lost and for those who continue to be sacrificed in the name of power reed and moral certainty War is inexcusable This novel about the experiences of an Irish private during WW1 didn t really engage me until about the half way point when it did massively improve Firstly I felt the author bluffed 5 A sorrowful ut wrenching tale of the horrors of WWI and the boys who went off to fight for King and Country hoping to come into their Manhood At Last The manhood at last expertly leads the reader through ruesome warfare in the trenches with beautiful prose and likable but doomed characters The dawn and horror of chemical warfare makes its deadly debut The Competitive Solutions gas boiled in like a familiar ogre With the same statelyracelessness it rolled to the edge of parapet and then like the heads of a many headed creature it toppled The Payoff Principle gently forward and sank down to join the waiting men The evilas lay sown in the trench like a bedspread and as Darkest Night (Birthright, gas came over it filled the trench to the brim and passed on then itshostly hordes to the support lines and the reserve lines ambitious for choice murders That s just the beginning as Barry will not spare the reader the horror that comes and I do not use that word lightly Young boys from Ireland are fighting only to learn that at the same time others back home are battling for Home Rule during the Easter Rising They will arrive home on leave only to be thought traitors worth killing by some and then return to the front for killing of their ownDeserving of 5 stars but the subject matter and inevitable outcome sucked the life right out of my soul Based on my emotional state it rates the 1 star I did not like it but the writing the writing the writing I have never read a better book on the devastation of war and I never want to read another one like it everAfterwards Imagine if they had a war and no one showed up It just confounds me how many enerations of young men have been willing to forfeit their precious lives and others continue to manufacture and use such malevolent weapons to this day Unbelievably I saw a promotional video Men of War MUSTARD GAS for online aming Perhaps uys like the one who commented Good job Can you make a poison thrower just like the flame thrower That would be very cool should read this book ladofmywomanhood bookslikethisbreakmyheart 45 Stars He was born in the dying days It was the withering end of 1896 He was called William after the long dead Orange King because his father took an interest in such distant matters He was a little baby and would be always a little boy He was like the thin upper arm of a beggar with a few meager bones shot through him provisional and bare When he broke from his mother he made a mewling sound like a wounded cat over and over That was the night of a storm that would not be a famous storm But for all that it rattled the last leaves out of the regal oaks in the old pleasure Rich Kids gardens behind the hospital and it drove the wet harvest along theutters and into the The Perfect Collection gaping drains and down into the unknown avenues of thereat sewers The blood of births was sluiced down there too and all the many liuids of humanity but the salt sea at Ringsend took everything eually And as time passes William Dunne is among all those boys of Europe born in those time the ones whose fate was written in a ferocious chapter of the book of life Those millions of mothers and their million Bob Stevenson gallons of mother s milk millions of instances of small talk and baby talk beatings and kissesanseys and shoes piled up in history in The Offer great ruined heaps with a loud and broken music human stories told for nothing for ashes for death s amusement flung on the mighty scrapheap of souls all those million boys in all their humours to be milled by the mill stones of a coming war His father was a policeman and he had hoped that Willie wouldrow to be tall enough to follow in his footsteps which would not come to pass a crushing disappointment to his father Willie then twelve would lose his mother that same year the year his youngest sister was born In the years that followed the memory of his mother was like a dark song that made him cry in his bed alone strong though he was and all of sixteenThis story which follows Willie along with too many other young. Boys 1990 The Steward of Christendom 1995 Our Lady of Sligo 1998 Hinterland si Whistling Psyche 2004 sunt printre cele mai complexe piese ale lui Barry care dramatizeaza probleme acute privind memoria identitara a Irlandei Aceleasi interese au orientat si tematica romanelor sale exceptie facând Elsewhere the Adventures of Belemus 1985 un roman pentru copii Înainte sa fi fost inclus pe lista scurta la Man Booker Prize cu romanul Calea cea lunga 2005 Barry fusese aclamat pentru The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty 1998 roman tradus în sapte limbi urmat în scurt timp de Annie Dunne 2002 o poveste plasata în anii '50 în Wicklow tinutul în care traieste.