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Publisher's Summary

A stunning new novel from the Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture.
In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNultyis a "temporary gentleman" - an Irishman whose commission in the British army inWWII was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all of the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel - as a soldier in WWII, an engineer, a UN observer - has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp.
Award-winning author Sebastian Barry's The Temporary Gentleman is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that brilliantly reimagine characters from Barry's own family.
©2014 Sebastian Barry (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carrie Arnold on 05-12-14

Grab a box of Kleenex because if you have a heart you will need it.

If you could sum up The Temporary Gentleman in three words, what would they be?

Heartbreaking love story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Temporary Gentleman?

There are so many memorable moments.The author does such a wonderful job in painting pictures of the characters and Gerard Doyle narration brings them to life so vividly.I would say probably a couple of the most memorable moments would be when Jack first meets his future in-laws.Another would be the scene immediately following the wedding.I believe the one that affected me most though, as the daughter of an alcoholic mother would be when he returned home to find his wife and young daughter outside in the snow.I don't want to say much as I don't want to spoil the story for anyone.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Doyle has quickly become one of my favorite narrators.I am pretty sure I would listen to him read the Yellow Pages.My first experience with Gerard Doyle was the graves are walking.I think that any book narrated by him is better because of it.

Any additional comments?

I read the Amazon reviews, as there were no Audible Reviews available yet for this book at the time.I was still completely I am prepared for what this book would do to me emotionally.I am still thinking about this book and finding it hard to move onto another after finishing it.It has been a long time since I have read such a sad book and one that has affected me so much I just could not tear myself away from it though.I was thrown for a loop even by the ending.Kind of thought I knew pretty much how it would end, but I was definitely wrong.This book is hard to describe but definitely worth the time taken to read it.I felt so conflicted throughout the book.Both anger and compassion for May and Jack.My heart broke for both of them and of course for the children.This book definitely brings alcoholism, codependency, and to some extent mental illness and secrets and problems that go along with all those things to life for the reader.This is the first book I have read by this author, but will definitely be checking out more of his books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By g on 04-17-16

urelentingly depressing

although Gerald Doyle is an outstanding narrator, he could not elevate this story to a level that inspires sustained interest. it is an unrelenting story of woe.

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