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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.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Anonymous_Geek on 02-12-17
The writing and narration make for pure bliss. The joyful, faithful, never doubting love of two men, the girl who makes them a family- the beauty and simplicity of acceptance of hardship, it gives me hope at this tough place in time. We shall get through it all if we remember that others have gone before us and others will come after.
Let us find joy in our lives, no matter what.
This book has touched my core.
62 of 71 people found this review helpful