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Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they 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.
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By Donna Deal on 07-28-17
Stunning, disturbing, amazing
If you could sum up Days Without End in three words, what would they be?
Unique, explicit, poetic
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator, without a doubt. A poor boy who had character, insight and resolve.
Which scene was your favorite?
The beginning.. when the boys became girl dancers: humorous, sweet, yet innocent.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I had difficult with the scene in the fort when the Oglala chief came to the soldiers to
retrieve his daughter after the village had been slaughtered by the soldiers. I had to stop listening for a while.. very realistic and tragic.
Any additional comments?
The violence was constant, well portrayed but it put me off.
This is an amazing book, but the historically accurate accounts of the wars really
tore my heart. I'm taking a break from it for a while.
24 of 25 people found this review helpful
By KEITH on 08-26-17
This is about love of two men
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I read a bunch of reviews before buying this book and no one talked about the elephant in the room, this is about two men who fall in love in the old west. They meet as teens, fall in love and stay together for years. It is also about the American Armies fight and massacre of Native Americans.
For some reason, other people did not mention these two foundational points of this book. If you don't care for this subject matter, don't buy this book.
On the other hand, the book is well written and performed. It is a gap piece of historical fiction touching on some interesting times in the western mining days, Indian Wars and Civil War.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful