Days Without End

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry


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"A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making."—Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize winning author

From the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry, “a master storyteller” (Wall Street Journal), comes a powerful new novel of duty and family set against the American Indian and Civil Wars

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143111405
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 89,475
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for Days Without End and the Costa Book Award for The Secret Scripture. Barry has also won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of six previous novels and lives in Ireland.

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Days Without End 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Must read.
Davids3 3 months ago
This is one of the darndest stories I have ever read. The adventures and lives of what we now call 'gay' guys in the late 1800's. Beautifully written and briskly moving , it is quite an entertaining read , good for long trip or summer sojourn. Very vivid account of the horrible treatment and duplicitous dealings with the great American Indians told in first hand accounts of these soldiers, showing clearly the stupid and often personally motivated slaughter of innocent first citizens But the affection of these two took me by surprise yet is poignantly told. Way different that most gibberish that passes for best sellers today.
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