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Days Without End
Days Without End | Sebastian Barry
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From the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry comes a powerful and unforgettable new novel chronicling a young Irish immigrants army years in the American Indian and Civil wars Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and aged barely seventeen, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s, and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes on to fight in the Indian Warsagainst the Sioux and the Yurokand ultimately, 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 Barrys 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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TrishB
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Some books featuring #theend
Have read all of these 😁
#maymoviemagic

Cathythoughts Nice one ♥️👍🏻 8mo
Pricel101 Days Without End was fantastic! Good choices!👏📖 8mo
Cinfhen Nice!!! 8mo
gradcat Good one! 👍😊♥️ 8mo
rohit-sawant Great picks! 🙌🏼 🖤 8mo
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TrishB
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#attheendoftheday #musicalnewyear
Not my favourite Barry, though, as always, beautifully written.

Cinfhen That cover is pretty incredible, though 12mo
Soubhiville Wow, yes, what a beautiful cover! 12mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve only read The Secret Scripture.... must read more of him 👍🏻♥️♥️ 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @Soubhiville @Cathythoughts it‘s a beautiful cover. It has lots of 5 star reviews- it just didn‘t click with me like some of his otters. 12mo
vivastory I keep meaning to read him 12mo
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eshchory
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Not so sure about the 'natural' dialog but I do want to find out how it ends.

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VeganCleopatra
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I've been meaning to read a Barry novel for a very long time and then this popped up on my #NewYearWhoDis list and it was a perfect opportunity. Unfortunately I really did not like Barry's writing style, aka lots of rambling. The characters were one-dimensional, even the love of the MC's life, which is crazy. And other than one war scene after another, where was the plot? To be fair, books focused on the actual fighting of wars aren't my thing.

monalyisha Not my thing, either. My coworker just picked this up, though, & I was also intrigued. I like the cover. 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
VeganCleopatra @monalyisha Yeah his books always sound intriguing...I'm no longer intrigued. 😆 13mo
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Peaslady
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Mehso-so

Barry gives a very believable voice to this unique individual during the American civil war. So much happens in this biographic fiction and yet there is never a page-turning urgency because of the measured style of the narrator (sim. Remains of the Day). It sheds light on a society experiencing growing pains - strangely tolerant, and yet violent, in which families can be chosen and bonds of affection drive desperate and enpassioned behaviour.

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Peaslady
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"Souls ain't like a great river and then when death comes the souls pouring over the waterfall and into the bottom land below. Souls ain't like that but this war is asking for them to be. Do we got so many souls to be given?"

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katemf
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Today I found an award-winning book I've never heard of at a friend's house... Barely 300 pages so a short but hopefully sweet read.

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DoonTheGoon
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Currently, and inexplicably obsessed with covers like these at the moment. All are TBR on my shelf.

nudibranch I dont think that's inexplicable at all. Those covers are gorgeous. 😍 13mo
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Peaslady
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"Things go on like that. Lot of life is just like that. I look back over fifty years of life and I wonder where the years went. I guess they went like that, without me noticing much. A man's memory might have only a hundred clear days in it and he has lived thousands. Can't do much about that. We have our store of days and we spend them like forgetful drunkards." p.88

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Peaslady
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"Time was not something then we thought of as an item that possessed an ending, but something that would go on forever, all rested and stopped in that moment. Hard to say what I mean by that. You look back at the endless years when you never had that thought. I am doing that now as I write these words in Tennessee. I am thinking of the days without end of my life." p. 46

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Peaslady
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"But I had no idea what I looked like. Children may feel epic and large to theyselves and yet only be scraps to view." p.5 Thomas McNulty, our narrator, has a very distinctive voice. It's easy to hear an old fashioned American drawl as you read.

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Momomojo
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I feel like this book just wasn‘t working. The plot, grammar, etc was just off putting

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zsuzsanna_reads Welcome to Litsy! And this was the only book by Sebastian Barry that didn't quite work for me so far. I love his other books. 14mo
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Tamra
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The period writing was engaging and the characters were developed, but it lacked narrative drive. It felt like I was just drifting from scenario to scenario. I didn‘t like the end, just too tidy for me and seemed abrupt. Maybe it was left open for a second? But that cover! I have a thing for the American West.

TrishB Pretty much my feelings! 1y
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Ms_T
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So many five star reads this month with the tagged title being the standout book of July 🤩

#JulyStats #JulyWrapUp

Reviewsbylola Great month! 👏🏻 1y
Ms_T @Reviewsbylola Thank you 😊 1y
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sprainedbrain
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This book is fantastic. It‘s told very simply, from the perspective of our narrator Thomas, and it‘s filled with atrocities that he was a part of during the American Indian Wars and the Civil War. Parts are painful to read, but at the same time the writing is gorgeous and the story of Thomas and John‘s love for each other and their adopted daughter got me right in the feels.

Narration on this audio version was so good!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sprainedbrain
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Early morning #audiowalk with this lovely book. I was hoping to avoid the rain expected at lunchtime, but still got rained on a little bit, and it was glorious. 😃

Cortg Lovely! 2y
lynneamch Looks a lot like my walks by the cornfields when I lived in Iowa. 🌽😄 2y
sprainedbrain @lynneamch There are beans in this particular Iowa field, but I walk by some corn fields, too. 😂 2y
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sprainedbrain
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I started this audiobook this morning... and I‘m almost halfway through it.

So, so good! 😍

KellyHunsakerReads I loved it! 2y
ElaineHowlin Glad to hear you're enjoying it! I have the book on my shelves 2y
Ms_T So pleased you‘re enjoying it! 2y
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Ms_T
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Oh, the story. The author. The audiobook narrator. These three things have combined to make, in my opinion, a cracking book. With harrowing scenes of war and heart-warming scenes of family and love, Aidan Kelly‘s Irish accent conveys perfectly Sebastian Barry‘s beautiful words. I want to give particular praise to Barry‘s numerous and unique metaphors and similes. Raw, breathtaking and for me, an indisputable 5⭐️

sprainedbrain Excellent review! This is going to be my next audiobook. 😃 2y
BarbaraBB Great review! 2y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 obviously the audio made a big difference! 2y
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Cathythoughts Great review!! . I‘ve only read The Secret Scripture so far , but really loved it. ❤️ 2y
Ms_T @sprainedbrain I hope you enjoy it too. The narration is one of the best I‘ve listened to. 2y
Ms_T @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts Thank you, ladies 😘 2y
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Ms_T
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I love a book that divides opinion. The tagged title, which is my next audiobook, does just that. Let‘s see....

TrishB Will await your review 👍🏻 2y
Ms_T @TrishB Watch this space...😃 2y
sprainedbrain I‘m planning to listen to this later this month. Can‘t wait to see what you think! 2y
Ms_T @sprainedbrain Really enjoying it so far! 2y
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BooksGirlsCats
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Loved this wrenching novel. Two men, Thomas and John, are trying to build a life. They fight grueling and dehumanizing battles that horrify us, and that they don't attempt to comprehend. They just want to get home, to lead everyday, boring lives, together.
Totally different to anything I've read recently, and completely worth the gut wrenching/crying parts!

This is Book 15 of my #52Booksin2018

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TrishB
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Mehso-so

You know when you appreciate the writing and descriptions so much, but you didn‘t really enjoy the story.....well that. Some of the writing was beautiful, but the whole book was told in a monologue and this put me off by half way through. Some bits of the story seemed a bit implausible for the time too.
Third Barry and least favourite so far.

Caroline2 Oh I‘ve got this on my tbr shelf! 🤔 hmm, I don‘t think I‘ll be moving it up the pile any time soon then!! 😆 2y
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I think I‘ll try a different one first 👍🏻 2y
ephemeralwaltz I tried to read this last summer but bailed at the time after 5-10 pages. I want to read it but I wasn't feeling the story either. The cover is beautiful though!! 2y
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TrishB
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There is some lovely writing in this book 💕

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TrishB
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#lunchtimeread
Today‘s pick off the pile by daughter. I‘m looking forward to this one 😁

saresmoore Your kids are on a roll! 2y
TrishB @saresmoore I‘m having a bit of withdrawal from thrillers/crime detective books- I usually read these in between the literary ones. Apparently my kids don‘t care for thrillers..... 2y
saresmoore I can imagine! I need my humor and bits of science-y nonfiction to break things up. 2y
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Cathythoughts I‘m sure it will be a good one .... 💫 2y
Reggie I‘ve been curious about this book. 2y
TrishB @Reggie I‘m very impressed with the writing, which is definitely secondary to the story at the moment! 2y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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Reading another of last year‘s #Manbooker long list books. This one seems to be a love it or hate it book. So far I am in the first group.

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Susannah
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This book was a wonderful surprise, beautifully told and, in my opinion, completely original. It's not every day that writers combine violence and tenderness so effectively. The best of the story is in the telling of it (if you insist on extensive character development, this might not be the book for you), so I recommend listening to the audiobook read by the Irish-accented Aidan Kelly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HardcoverHearts I just loved this book! 2y
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BeneLatuit
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Audible listen. The combination of Barry‘s stunning prose along with Aidan Kelly‘s superb narration made for a very special read. The descriptions of the Great Plains in the Indian Wars and the horrors of the Civil War were especially memorable. I read that Barry made his protagonist gay as a point of support of his own gay son. It was a bit of a distraction, but lovingly written. Ending is a bit abrupt -guess I wanted DWE to be book without end

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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tobypfrench
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Oh, to write like Barry.

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JenP
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#Marchmadnesschallenge
Entering the home stretch so I‘m going to group some together so we can feature them all without flooding feed all day.

These three were all Man Booker Nominees last year. Exit West was shortlisted the other two were longlisted. I Loved Home Fire and Exit West. Days Without End was brilliantly written.

Which ones should participants read and why? Make your case for any or all of these books!

Dulcinella I have only read exit west and I think it is a book people should read so they might understand just how horrible the refugee crisis is for the refugees. It tells about quite a few fundamental things 2y
tstan Loved Exit West, and Days Without End was good, but not as memorable. I need to get Home Fire back from my niece so I can read it! 2y
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mania
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A slow start, but oh, what a wonderful story. Faith in humanity lost and restored.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This should be a fabulous book. A gay (trans?) love story set amidst violent conflict in the mid-1800s. But it just felt told at a remove and I couldn‘t bring myself to care about the characters, even with the fabulous Irish-accented reader.

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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Beautiful, poetic novel about 2 men who join the American army in 1851 & fight the Indians & in the civil war. Many bleak battle scenes I found strangely slow and hard to read. But the original voice, uneducated but memorable narrator & sense of compassion make it a strong book. The unorthodox family seemed too ideal and the love story lacked dramatic tension but was told with powerful nuance & restraint. A slow burn for me. Wanted to like it more

ClairesReads I enjoyed the slow burn of this- but can see why it was a stumbling block for some. 2y
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mania
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"It gave me heart to see. Things that give you heart are rare enough, better note them in your head when you find them and not forget."

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fmcgeough
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It was a mighty queer thing to see a piano in the half-true desert.
Hey, John Cole, what in the name of tarnation that piano doing there in the dust?
Must be looking for a saloon, he says.

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Reviewsbylola
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My library haul today highlights some of my goals for 2018. One is to utilize the library more. I‘ve been doing better lately but I realize there‘s always room for improvement. 😄 So today I checked out two books I would have typically purchased: Saint Maizie and The War Bride‘s Scrapbook. My other goal is to pick up more books on a whim. I never do this. I don‘t typically grab a book unless I‘m already familiar with it. The Barry is new to me.

emilyhaldi Get it girl! I am bad at picking up books that are new to me, too. Gotta do more of that. 2y
BarbaraBB I read it as it was a Booker nominee. It is good but I shouldn‘t read it as a holidays read. It is rather heavy! 2y
L_auren YAY 2y
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Megabooks I want to read Saint Maize and use the library more! Jinx! 2y
minkyb Good goals! 2y
Mdargusch Those are my goals too! 2y
Cinfhen I'm all for #librarylove excellent picks!!!! 2y
Megabooks I just started saint mazie on audio. One of these days I‘m going to get you listening!! #2018goals 😉😀👍🏻 2y
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RedbagReadbooks
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Mehso-so

3/5🦑. Meh
I started this book a few weeks ago and decided to finish. The scenes will of violence written by Barry were good. I just didn‘t buy the storyline and I needed the characters to be more viscous.

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suvata
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This is a Civil War novel with one prevailing message: War is Hell. I like to describe it as “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES meets The Red Badge of Courage”. You‘ll have to read it to understand. I‘m being light-hearted but this book has some very gruesome scenes in it. Still, the writing was so darn good I couldn‘t put it down.

Cathythoughts This is one I want to read. I read The Secret Scripture, his writing is beautiful 2y
suvata @Cathythoughts I know. I really want to read more from him as well. 2y
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Simona
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tpixie How sad. Passage was really written well. 2y
Simona @tpixie I didn‘t like the story, but some passages are very beautiful. 2y
tpixie @Simona I bet! this one was! 2y
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suvata
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I‘m reading the Kindle book and listening to it on Audible at the same time. I‘m a total sucker for narrators with an Irish accent - really enhancing my experience of this book.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 100% agree with that!! ❤️ 2y
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Verty
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Enjoyed this book, quite a factual style book, very interesting setting.

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Simona
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Book with beautiful writing, interesting story, but the love part of the story is very unconvincing ...

#quotsynov17 #lost

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Panpan

I really wish I had bailed on this one early on. I kept wait for it to get better and it failed spectacularly. The entire romance between Thomas/Thomasina and John Cole was completely unbelievable in 1850s America.

Mdargusch Too bad because it has a great cover! 2y
Tamra @Mdargusch yes it does! Would have suckered me in. 2y
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AceOnRoam
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5 ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

My first Sebastian Barry novel and definitely not my last, this book blew me away with its beautiful language accompanied on audio by Aiden Kelly as Irishman Thomas McNulty. It's gritty and gruesome and gorgeous all at the same time, but would have been hard to bear if not for gentle and touching penmanship of Barry.

#ReadingOnRoam

HardcoverHearts I also loved it! 2y
AceOnRoam I kept rewinding to hear whole chapters and sentences again @HardcoverHearts What a special book ❤ 2y
HardcoverHearts I was so upset when it didn‘t make the Man Booker short list. I was rooting for it. I thought the writing was beautiful, the relationships were beautiful and the time/setting was just so fraught that it heightened the emotional connection to these characters. It‘s one I will revisit. 2y
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AceOnRoam I think the Booker judges need to re-evaluate their criteria @HardcoverHearts This was so much better than Lincoln! 2y
HardcoverHearts I remember being upset when A Brief History of 7 Killings won over A Little Life. Then I looked into how they judge the books. They read each book like 6 times. Once I heard that, it made sense that books that are denser and have layers to uncover will probably fare better for this prize. So I think the Saunders book had that while Days Without End is stunning beautiful but you wouldn‘t need to read it multiple times for it to resonate. 2y
AceOnRoam Yes, fair enough. I was also upset about A little life and think about Jude a lot, still, after all this time... 2y
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AceOnRoam
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@deweysreadathon starting in just under 2 hours. I have Days without End lined up on audiobook to start with.
Happy #readathon to all and anyone joining from #ATB

#deweysreadathon
#deweys24hrreadathon
#deweys24hourreadathon
#30daysofreadathon
#ReadingOnRoam

AceOnRoam This book is good, great storytelling and amazing narrator. 24% done... 2y
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BooksAtNight
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My library is awesome! They were culling their collection of well loved copies of books and some duplicate mass market paperbacks. As a thank you for being a volunteer, I got to take home some.

DivineDiana Very nice! And good choices! 2y
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GerardtheBookworm
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Why haven't I read Sebastian Barry before? A very detailed historical fiction with amazing wonderful prose, the book is told through the perspective of an orphaned Irish immigrant and his life through the mid 1800's. From his start as a female impersonator to enlisting as a soldier for the American army, the protagonist finds hardships and love in this compelling novel. The author truly deserved the two Manbooker awards.

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“Time was not something we thought of as an item that possessed an ending, but something that would go on forever, all rested and stopped in that moment.”

So far I am finding this to be beautifully and brutally written. It really does have an ethereal, endless feel to the writing. I‘m struggling some with the numerous depictions of cruelty towards the Indian tribal members, but I also appreciate the unflinching honesty of it.

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ClairesReads
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This is a novel about many things. Superficially it is a novel of the Civil war; an account of the brutality and senselessness. This is set against a love story, about people choosing each other and the sacrifices they make. Thematically, this is a novel of suffering, and the many ways we inflict it upon each other; the novel is driven by this, rather than character or plot. I was surprised by moments of brutality, truth and beauty over and over.

Cinfhen Wonderful review 💖 2y
CareBear I second @Cinfhen great review! 2y
AmyG Reading your review...makes me want to read this book. Thank you. 2y
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Notafraidofwords I'm reading it now. 50 pgs in and I'm intimidated by it. I'm not sure I get it. 2y
ClairesReads @CareBear @Cinfhen thank you both!!! So kind! 2y
ClairesReads @Notafraidofwords I felt like that a bit too- I found it really beautifully written, but didn't feel like I really got it until the very end. It probably took me about half to really get into the swing of it 2y
ClairesReads @AmyG wow thank you! I hope you get to and enjoy it 😊 2y
Redheadrambles Great review ! I am pleased you liked this one. I think I was a little tough on it at the time. 2y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thank you! I think this is very much my KIND of read if that makes sense?? 2y
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ClairesReads
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I'm finding this book equal parts beautiful and savage.