A Long Long Way

A Long Long Way

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam

Praised as a “master storyteller” (The Wall Street Journal) and hailed for his “flawless use of language” (Boston Herald), Irish author and playwright Sebastian Barry has created a powerful new novel about divided loyalties and the realities of war.

In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side. Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.



Random House, Inc.
Praised as a “master storyteller” (The Wall Street Journal) and hailed for his “flawless use of language” (Boston Herald), Irish author and playwright Sebastian Barry has created a powerful new novel about divided loyalties and the realities of war.

Sebastian Barry's latest novel, Days Without End, is now available

In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side.  Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.



Baker & Taylor
Leaving behind his family in Dublin in order to join the Allied forces during World War I, eighteen-year-old Willie Dunne survives the horrors of war through his correspondences with loved ones and his friendships with fellow soldiers, but his return home is devastated by political tensions in Ireland. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780143035091
0143035096
Branch Call Number: FICTION BARRY
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 20 cm

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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

Going to read other books by this writer before judging him. Being an empathic pacifist, I had to skim most of it but what I did read I loved if for nothing more than the beautiful prose.

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GilbertMartin
Mar 22, 2017

A slow, grinding account of how war stripped an essentially good man of everything worth having in life, through no fault of his own. Recommended.

martins_mom Feb 12, 2016

One of a series of interwoven stories (Annie Dunne, Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty) about Ireland in the early 20th century. You can really get into these characters.

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beverlyc
Nov 13, 2011

great book,great...................

jplynch25 Apr 19, 2011

A work of heartbreaking genius. A moving, tragic, beautiful novel.

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rgally
Sep 13, 2010

Life and death in the trenches of Belgium in WW1 for an Irish man. Heatbreaking!

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