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A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry

Paperback Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780571218011
Number Of Pages: 304

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The powerful and moving First World War novel, shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize.

Told in Sebastian Barry's characteristically beautiful prose, A Long Long Way evokes the camaraderie and humour of Willie and his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, but also the cruelty and sadness of war, and the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt. Tracing their experiences through the course of the war, the narrative brilliantly explores and dramatises the events of the Easter Rising within Ireland, and how such a seminal political moment came to affect those boys off fighting for the King of England on foreign fields - the paralysing doubts and divisions it caused them. It also charts Willie's coming of age, his leaving behind of his sweetheart Gretta, and the effect the war has on his relationship with his father, a member of the Dublin Military Police and fervent loyalist. Running throughout is the question of how such young men came to be fighting in a war, and how they struggled with the events that raged around them.

About the Author

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998), Annie Dunne (2002), A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008). A Long Long Way, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin International Impac Prize, was the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2007. The Secret Scripture won several awards. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.


another masterpiece


anything Sebastian Barry writes is superlative.even writing about difficult subjects he manages to inject a poetical irish lilt into the story which somehow softens those hard edges to make the unpalatable bearable and totally absorbing. one doesn't put his books down easily. always left with wanting more. a master storyteller and one of my all time favourite writers.



A Long Long Way

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"'The story grips, shocks and saddens; but most importantly refuses to be forgotten.' The Times 'A stunning achievement... Barry has written one of the most moving fictional accounts of war that surely must rank alongside those real-life testimonies of Owen and Sasson.' Sunday Tribune 'A deeply moving story of courage and fidelity.' J. M. Coetzee"

ISBN: 9780571218011
ISBN-10: 0571218016
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1