Sebastian Barry: A Long Long Way



E aragraph only to create a general ache and heartbreak for an entire generation that was lost Our young Spanking Britney (Spanking Fantasies, protagonist was born in the dying days of an old century mewling his way into a stormy night that was neither spectacular nor noteworthy In these words Barryresages the manner in which our young man will find his way out of this life Neither spectacular nor noteworthy yet Willie Dunne s death encapsulates the monstrous expenditure of youth and vigour and The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin is the Sun potential that all went to hell in the fields of FlandersBarry has managed somehow tout into Was Jonestown a CIA Medical Experiment? prose Wilfred Owen s Anthem for Doomed Youth Whatassing bells for these who die as cattle Only the monstrous anger of the guns Only the stuttering rifles rapid rattleCan Void patter out their hasty orisonsNo mockeries now for them norayers nor bells Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs The shrill demented choirs of wailing shells And bugles calling for them from sad shiresWhat candles may be held to speed them all Not in the hands of boys but in their eyesShall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes The allor of girls brows shall be their all Their flowers the tenderness of Love, Laughter, and Merrily Ever Afters patient mindsAnd each slow dusk a drawing down of blindsWithin the length of a novel he has managed to retain everyunch to the head heart stomach that the original Freshman Rivals (Freshman Dorm, poem delivers and still retain the impact of the originalWhile Barry also manages to explore theercussion beat of the Easter Uprising and deal handily with the implications of Irish men fighting as English soldiers the novel nonetheless remains as a universal condemnation of war and does not sink into Death Valley in 49 partisanolitics for the sake of it There is always the bigger uestion looming above the heads of all whatever nationality why are we here at all AddendumWhile it took me a week to read unheard of for books I love it was a book I could neither ut down nor read in one gulp I resented every minute that I was away from it and at the same time found myself reading slowly when I did ick it up savouring every word The True Story of the Bilderberg Group pondering every thought stopping for longauses between sections or even When I Grow Up (Tales From Foster High, paragraphs to fully appreciate what Barry was saying An astounding book It should be as a must read in army training camps and in every high school in the world A simple message delivered simply and beautifully with the impact of a sledgehammer Oh Willie Dunn aainfully earnest young man off to the trenches He loves his family his girl and his comrades at that tender age when life is all first times The Algerians were just over to his right The Algerians sang fine strange songs most of the day and at night now he could hear them laughing and talking in a sort of endless excitementThe trench was soon looking fairly smartThat s fucking better now said the sergeant major religiouslyThey did all that and then lurked in the Arachne perfected trench getting muggy like old boxers Theoor human mind Rock Lead Basics played ueer tricks and you could forget even your name betimes and even theoint of being there aside enduring the unstoppable blather of the guns What day oftentimes it was Willie would forgetThen a different day arrived Everyone had had a lash of tea and there was a lot of farting going on after the big yellow beans that had come up around twelve As usual after they had eaten they were beginning to look at each other and think this St Julian wasn t the worst Lightning Over Bennett Ranch place they d been in It was the essential illusion bestowed on them by full stomachsA breeze hadushed through the tall grasses all day There was a yellow flower everywhere with a hundred tiny blooms on it The caterpillars loved them There were millions of caterpillars the same yellow as the flowers It was a yellow worldCaptain Pasley was in his new dugout writing his forms Every last thing that came in and every last thing that went out was accounted for Item and bodies Captain Pasley of course was obliged to read all the letters the men sent home and he did word for blessed word He thought it might break a man s heart to read them sometimes there was something awfully sad about some of the soldiers letters They didn t mean to make them sad which gave their efforts to be manly and cheerful a melancholy tinge But it had to be faced God help them they were funny enough efforts sometimes Some men wrote a letter as formal as a bishop some tried to write the inside of their heads like that young Willie Dunne It was a curiosityThe yellow cloud was noticed first by Christy Moran because he was standing on the fire step with his less than handy mirror arrangement looking out across the uiet battlefield That little breeze had freshened and it blew now against the ratty hair that dropped out of Christy Moran s hat here and there So the breeze was of a wind and was blowing full on against Christy s hat and mirror but it was nothing remarkableWhat was remarkable was the strange yellow tinged cloud that had just appeared from nowhere like a sea fog But not like a fog really he knew what a flaming fog looked like for God s sake being born and bred near the sea in fucking Kingstown He watched for a few seconds in his mirror straining to see and straining to understand It was about four o clock and all as Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei peaceful as anything Not even the guns were firing now The caterpillars foamed on the yellow flowersAnd the grass died in theath of the cloud That was only Christy Moran s impression maybe he hoiked down the mirror a moment and wiped it clean with his cleanish sleeve Back up it went The cloud didn t look too deep but it was as wide as the eye could see Christy Moran was absolutely certain now he could see figures moving in the yellow smoke It must be some sort of way of hiding the advancing men he was thinking some new fashioned Class Struggles piece of warfare 5 A sorrowful gut wrenching tale of the horrors of WWI and the boys who went off to fight for King and Country hoping to come into their bloody manhood at last The author expertly leads the reader through gruesome warfare in the trenches with beautifulrose and likable but doomed characters The dawn and horror of chemical warfare makes its deadly debut The gas boiled in like a familiar ogre With the same stately gracelessness it rolled to the edge of Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) parapet and then like the heads of a many headed creature it toppled gently forward and sank down to join the waiting men The evil gas lay sown in the trench like a bedspread and as gas came over it filled the trench to the brim andassed on then its ghostly hordes to the support lines and the reserve lines ambitious for choice murders That s just the beginning as Barry will not spare the reader the horror that comes and I do not use that word lightly Young boys from Ireland are fighting only to learn that at the same time others back home are battling for Home Rule during the Easter Rising They will arrive home on leave only to be thought traitors worth killing by some and then return to the front for killing of their ownDeserving of 5 stars but the subject matter and inevitable outcome sucked the life right out of my soul Based on my emotional state it rates the 1 star I did not like it but the writing the writing the writing I have never read a better book on the devastation of war and I never want to read another one like it everAfterwards Imagine if they had a war and no one showed up It just confounds me how many generations of young men have been willing to forfeit their Study to Teach precious lives and others continue to manufacture and use such malevolent weapons to this day Unbelievably I saw aromotional video Men of War MUSTARD GAS for online gaming Perhaps guys like the one who commented Good job Can you make a Global Corporations in Global Governance poison thrower just like the flame thrower That would be very cool should read this book gladofmywomanhood bookslikethisbreakmyheart It s a long way to TipperaryIt s a long way to goIt s a long way to little Mary To the sweetest girl I knowGoodbye PiccadillyFarewell Leicester SuareIt s a long way to TipperaryBut my heart s right thereWorld War I the Great War as it was then known hasroduced some outstanding novels recounting the horrific mind numbing dehumanizing experiences of common soldiers locked in the death grip of trench warfare In the Angels in Harmony past year I have read two of those books Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and Fear by Gabriel Chevallier and reread another All uiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarue These stories are told from theerspective of three different nationalities Canadian French and German respectively but they share the common theme of ignoring grand strategy and spending little time on tactics while devoting most of their attention to the common soldier And the experiences of the soldiers in the trenches no matter their nationality differed very littleTrue I had read a great deal about the French and the Germans in that conflict and not as much about the Canadians but A Long Long Way was truly a learning experienceI had never given much any thought to the Irish role in the war and in fact little has been written about it I knew about the Irish revolt what came to be ca. Boys 1990 The Steward of Christendom 1995 Our Lady of Sligo 1998 Hinterland si Whistling Psyche 2004 sunt Sketchy Behavior printre cele mai complexeiese ale lui Barry care dramatizeaza Autumn Brides probleme acuterivind memoria identitara a Irlandei Aceleasi interese au orientat si tematica romanelor sale exceptie facând Elsewhere the Adventures of Belemus 1985 un roman The Princess and the Three Knights pentru copii Înainte sa fi fost incluse lista scurta la Man Booker Prize cu romanul Calea cea lunga 2005 Barry fusese aclamat The Beauty of Believing pentru The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty 1998 roman tradus în sapte limbi urmat în scurt timp de Annie Dunne 2002 ooveste lasata în anii '50 în Wicklow tinutul în care traieste.

review A Long Long Way

A long long way written by Sebastian Barry was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005 and tells an amazing and extremely well written storyThis is the third novel I have read by Barry and have to say he is fast becoming one of my favourite writersThis is the story of Willie Dunne who at the age of eighteen is too short to follow in his father s footsteps and become a oliceman in Dublin but who is old enough to volunteer and fight for England in World War 1 and so Willie leaves behind Dublin his family and the girl he Forbidden Love Unchained plans to marry to enlist in the allied forces in the Great Warartly to Witches of the Deep South prove himself a man andlease his father At the time of the first world war there was an understanding among the Irish Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) people that Ireland would gain Home Rule within the coming few years and young men like Willie Dunne took up the cause to fight for King Country and Empire against the Germans in the hope that this would further their cause while another section of Irish refused to fight for England and they instead took up Arms in the Rising of 1916 in Dublin to gain Irish freedom While Willie Dunne and the Dublin Fusiliers suffer abroad Dublin City is suffering during the Easter Rising and men like Willie Dunne and his comrades are thought of and regarded as traitors by their fellow countrymen Having recently visited Kilmainham Gaol where the executions in May 1916 of fourteen of the leaders of the failed 1916 Easter Rising tooklace and having the tour information and Christianity pictures of the executed men fresh in my head I was emotionally and factually ready for a novel of this depthThis is a tough read and certainly not for the faint hearted so if you getut off by horrific scenes of war and vulgar and brutal happenings then this is not the novel for you but this certainly is account of war that that takes you right into the trenches with young Willie Dunne and his comrades and you experience a teensy tiny bit of their fear and their anguish and the sualor and the camaraderie of the men who both fight and die side by sideA 5 star rating for me and a book that will stay with me 45 Stars He was born in the dying days It was the withering end of 1896 He was called William after the long dead Orange King because his father took an interest in such distant matters He was a little baby and would be always a little boy He was like the thin upper arm of a beggar with a few meager bones shot through him Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, provisional and bare When he broke from his mother he made a mewling sound like a wounded cat over and over That was the night of a storm that would not be a famous storm But for all that it rattled the last leaves out of the regal oaks in the oldleasure gardens behind the hospital and it drove the wet harvest along the gutters and into the gaping drains and down into the unknown avenues of the great sewers The blood of births was sluiced down there too and all the many liuids of humanity but the salt sea at Ringsend took everything eually And as time Alice-Miranda at Camp passes William Dunne is among all those boys of Europe born in those time the ones whose fate was written in a ferocious chapter of the book of life Those millions of mothers and their million gallons of mother s milk millions of instances of small talk and baby talk beatings and kisses ganseys and shoesiled up in history in great ruined heaps with a loud and broken music human stories told for nothing for ashes for death s amusement flung on the mighty scrapheap of souls all those million boys in all their humours to be milled by the mill stones of a coming war His father was a The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) policeman and he had hoped that Willie would grow to be tall enough to follow in his footsteps which would not come toass a crushing disappointment to his father Willie then twelve would lose his mother that same year the year his youngest sister was born In the years that followed the memory of his mother was like a dark song that made him cry in his bed alone strong though he was and all of sixteenThis story which follows Willie along with too many other young Irish men boys really as they go off to fight with the British army in World War I and as that April rolls around a war begins at home during Easter Week of 1916 The Easter Rising Between your own countrymen deriding you for being in the army and the army deriding you for your own slaughter a man didn t know what to be thinking A man s mind could be roaring out in The Association of Small Bombs pain of a sort The fact that the war didn t make a jot of sense any hardly came into it While this story is about the war the wars on both sides of these waters Barry s writing is sooetic while at the same time bringing the war in all its gruesome darkness to light It s shared through Willie s youthful and still Wilderness Survival Handbook pure somewhat na ve eyes So that the war itself the horror that surrounds and sometimes destroys these men shared through his eyes is softened It is war after all and there is no escaping the fact that many will not return home but again he shares hisersonal feelings and The White Mans Burden perspective which are filled with these men lost to the war There are also moments where his focus is on Gretta Willie s reminiscences of his love for her of the moments he holds close to his heart hoping she will write soon and hoping even that she will wait for his returnWhile this didn t uite live up to Days Without End for me I loved this story and loved following Willie s journey as a young fairly na ve young man as this begins through these dark days of war This was short listed for the 2005 Man Booker I m certain it will be among my top five reads of 2008It s the story of a young Irish soldier caught between the warfields of Belgium and the battle raging at home between the royalists and the nationalists It s the most graphic and revealing treatment of WWI I ve encounteredarticularly of trench warfare and the horrors of mustard gas It amazes me that anyone survived and sickens me how hundreds of thousands of young men were simply led to slaughter by colluding governmentsDespite the grim brutality of the subject the writing is so lyrical and beautiful the characters so full of hope and spirit Portions of it read almost like Visit the Sick poetry yet the language is simple and earthyI was frustrated by the glimpses of the 1916 Easter Uprising and the conflict that set Irish against Irish as if the reader already had a tacit understanding of that history and its nuances I was confused as to who was on which side in Ireland but then again that wasis the tragedy of the conflict in Ireland the division of a country was really the division of villages friends and familiesBut bottom line it s an incredible book devastating and beautiful I cried at the end even though I knew what was coming And I cried for the lives that were lost and for those who continue to be sacrificed in the name ofower greed and moral certainty War is inexcusable This novel about the experiences of an Irish Carry Me Over the Threshold private during WW1 didn t really engage me until about the half wayoint when it did massively improve Firstly I felt the author bluffed his way a bit through WW1 sacrificing detail to abstractions which meant I never uite felt myself in the boots of a The Courtship Basket private on a WW1 battlefield And the grandiose biblical Hemingwayesuerose style dwarfed the characters for me turned them into Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 2 Samuel (The Expositors Bible Commentary puppets which maybe was clever as what else were all those young men who lost their lives in that daft war Like Days without End the characters were for me the weakestart of the novel Again Barry chooses as his focus a good natured blank canvas of a character Willie again he tends to idealise and sentimentalise relationships That said in the second Small Talk part of the novel I did begin to warm to Willie s relationships with his male mentors his father his commanding officer his Sergeant Major and Father Buckley the chaplain He also has a sweetheart who inflicts on him a kind of Old Testamentunishment for a misdemeanor which shows brilliantly the gulf between her domestic reality and his nightmare frontline reality As a backdrop the novel also dramatises the Irish rising for Home Rule This was nicely done However I m not sure it really added anything to my understanding of WW1 or the Irish roblem Essentially it s a story about one young man s loyalties and loves with a thunderous historical backdrop rather like Days Without End in other words I enjoyed it but I don t think it ll live long in my memory Certain mental images can be a little too vivid When it comes to WW1 the ermamuck of the trenches the seared throats from deadly gases and the ants soiling horror of seeing a comrade s detached body arts inches away are associations Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, powerful enough to shut us down There s only so far The best book I ve read in a handful of yearsI was moved beyond words by the lyrical beauty of therose in this novel and by the way it shredded every sentimental thought I d ever had about the First World War the sentimentality of bravery and morality and justice and incorruptibility Barry s book created fresh wounds within me and healed them later within the sam. Format în cel mai A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip pur spirit irlandez Sebastian Barry originar din Dublin este unul dintre scriitorii care n au ocolit nici un gen literar Premiat în nenumarate rândurientru Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, piesele sale Barry s a bucurat de aprecierile criticilor si în calitate de romancier sioet Fiu al actritei Joan O'Hara Sebastian Barry a fost educat la Trinity College în Dublin oras care l a racordat The End of Intelligent Writing puternic la cauza irlandeza si care i a insuflat un simt acut de apartenenta la o mostenire culturalalina de tensiuni Teme legate de istoria traumatica a Irlandei si de natura dramatica a însasi conditiei de irlandez transpar în fiecare dintre scrierile lui Boss Grady's.

Lled the Easter Rising against the British in 1916 but I had never stopped to consider the fact that at the same time there were Irish soldiers in the British army fighting for King and Country and Empire A Long Long Way is the story of those Irish soldiers Introduction to Orthotics particularly through the eyes of Willie Dunne who joined the army at age seventeen They were young men who werelaced in a no win situation Some were devoted loyalists to king and country while others favored home rule for their land while both joined the British army to fight the Germans their long range goals differed Unfortunately the English on one hand I-O perceived them all to beotential or even actual mutineers while the Irish nationalists on the other hand considered them all to be traitors for serving in the British army Laura Barber writes in The GuardianWillie and the men like him went to war not so much to fight against the Germans but to fight for their country only to find that the most deadly enemy came from their own side and that the Ireland they had grown up believing in had dissolved behind them like sugar in the rain Like the other three books mentioned earlier A Long Long Way is a story of horror and heartbreak with the most graphic description of horrific டணாயக்கன் கோட்டை [Danaayakkan Kottai] poison gas attacks that I have ever read in a work of fiction or nonfiction In other words like all great war novels it is an anti war story Threatened as we are today by war after war and by the knee jerk unexamined beliefs that take us there it is books such as A Long Long Way that can force us to examine not only our own beliefs but to reflect on the beliefs of those that we choose to lead us Sebastian Barry was first and foremost aoet and a Understanding Central Asia playwright before becoming a novelist and it shows in hisrose good general or bad everything ended always in the ghastly tally of wrenching deaths His head was heavy now sore as a boxer s he wanted to have the matter explained to him he wanted God Himself to come down to where they were talking there and tell them what could be set against the numberless deaths to stop their minds inwardly weeping like cottages without roofs in a filthy rain Through the character of Willie Dunne Barry allows us not so much to imagine the war as to inhabit it and in doing so he has created a modern masterpiece The Boston GlobeWith disarming lyricism Barry s novel leads the reader into a hellish no man s land where the true madness of war can only be felt and understood rather than said The Observer On completionI thoroughly loved this book I finished listening to it and was desperate for I re listened to the last chapters Then I thought I simply cannot leave this book I searched to see what other books Sebastian Barry has written This is the first of a trilogy followed by first Annie Dunne and then On Canaan s Side I read what these books were about The central theme of these books diverge they are not about WW1 And this is the topic that I want of So I checked out The Absolutist and even listened to the narration at Audible Again I felt let down John Cormack s narration of A Long Long Way had been superb The snippet of The Absolutist just could not compare Was it the narrator that I had fallen in love with I listened to other books narrated by Cormackbut they were not what I wanted to listen to either And here I sit feeling desolate and sad because I want of the same I want Cormack s narration and Barry s Vietcong prose I don t want to leave the camaraderie of the troops in the trenches of Belgium near Ypres Isn t it utterly strange that I do not want to leave the battlefields of WW1 That is the truth of the matter strange as it may seemNone of the other books I have read about WW1 have moved me as this has I believe I understand what that warfare was like It was horrible When the war ended it didn t really end All who lived through it would never be the same To understand the war itself you must look further than the blood and bombs and gas and grime and lice and all thehysical horror of it There is still There was also what the soldiers shared with each other This is something very hard to comprehend to those of us who have not fought in wars This book shows you how the soldiers intimately depended needed and relied on each other I am so shaken by the ending that I don t know what to say I have no complaints There is nothing I would change about this bookHow do I sum up my feelings This book has beautiful lines and they are lines filled with meaning imparting a Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy poignant message This is a book about WW1 and a book about Ireland slace in that war Excellent writing by Barry Excellent narration by CormackRead with Barbara and Dawn Here follow links to their reviews so you can follow our discussionsDawn thoughts as I read are added below Through chapter 6 Relatos inconfesables de un monje part one This is excellent The writing is superb For me how an author chooses and lines up his words is very important The Irish dialect and dialogs are spot on And I love how horrid stuff is mixed with beauty and camaraderie and humor All of it seems genuine The narration audiobook by John Cormack has such oh soerfect Irish This narrator has to be added to my favorites list at least for Irish literatureThrough The Gentleman Mentor (Lessons with the Dom, part oneI have yet to read a text that so brilliantly describes mustard gas The first time the yellow fog crept along the ground the soldiers had no idea what it was Their fear and their instinctive horror engulfs the reader Then imagine their fear when they know its conseuences and it s used again and again and again This is frightening to read To the end ofart one Imagine fighting a war for country and family only to discover that at home your efforts are not appreciated Originally the Irish went off to war in the belief that Home Rule would follow at the conclusion of the war But then there broke off a splinter group that opposed any fighting done for the King the oppressor he who stood in the way of Home Rule They wanted guarantees of Home Rule before they would do any fighting for the English king In Dublin Irishmen were fighting and killing Irishmen It became a civil battle between the Irishmen themselves Those such as Willie Dunn fighting and dying in Flanders were despised Try and imagine how this would feel As if the war itself wasn t enough Barry adds this to the horrors of the trench warfare in Belgium Yes we are fighting but for what ETA To understand this history I had to listen to one The German Occupation Of Jersey part over and over again This is the onlyortion of the book where the dialect caused me some confusion I am not sure if the language was cryptic if I was being obtuse or if uite simply I was was obstinately demanding a thorough explanation of the historical events all summed up in one short dialog I have this need to thoroughly understand the historical facts I am satisfied The historical context is made a bit confusing because Willie is terribly confused and cannot comprehend why the Irish are fighting the Irish when he goes to Dublin on furlough In chapter eight Two things I would like to raise Again Barry highl Irish conflict in the war The Irish rarely were given high ositions in the army They were judged on another scale He showed the English disdain for the Irish men when Willie is sent to headuarters with a message from his captain after a gas attack The dialog really ripped me apart and made me want to Mr. Sheriff (Mr. Series, punch some of those Englisharticularly Major Stoker I am guessing at the spelling Again I must explain how much I like the writing style There Is No I in Church particularly the brogue of the men in the trenches and the total lack of melodrama There is a level tone a distance to how the events are related This lack of melodrama makes the horror of the war seem even worse because you realize these are the true events with not a smidgen of exaggeration There is a tinge of irony disgust of human folly Yes Willie admitted when the officers said that the little Irishman stunkindeed he had soiled his trousers Due to fright This could be admitted Anyone who had been in the trenches during the gas attack must acknowledge the blatant truthThrough chapter fourteen andart two Chapter fourteen is moving grim and a very difficult Rules Compendium (Babylon 5 Wars, 2nd Edition) portion to readThis is trench warfare with all its gore and horror Tell me Barbara and Dawn how you react to this chapterWillie wished as he marches forward under the exploding bombs of both enemy and friendly fire that he wererovided with blinkers as a horse on the road The sights and smells and cacophony were so overpowering Here follows a short uote How easily men were dismembered How uickly their How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck parts were un stitched What this war needed were men made of steelThe hopelessness of it all struck him with force No one man had done anything butiss his trousers in terrorI admire the Baroque Rococo privates and their captain who must lead these men forward Barry even throws in the absurdity of all theapers these captains must fill in He has captured so many aspects of warfare The filth the food the camaraderie the desolation fear and even bureaucracy These are my thoughts as I read this chapter. Azi scriitorulCalea cea lunga se concentreaza Crooked House pe conflictul trait de soldatii irlandezi trimisi sa lupte alaturi de trupele britanice în timpul celui de Al Doilea Razboi Mondial Willie Dunne fi gura centrala a romanului este exponentul unei întregi generatii de irlandezi despre care autorul însusi spunea ca „au fostrinsi e artea gresita a istoriei Discriminati e front de fratii de arme britanici soldatii irlandezi o data întorsi acasavor fi tratati drept tradatori de conationali Un alt episod din conflictul mocnit dintre Irlanda si Anglia într un roman în care brutalitatea intrigii se însoteste aradoxal cu gratia stilului Alina Purcaru.

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Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright novelist and poet He is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland's finest writersBarry's literary career began in poetry before he began writing plays and novels In recent years his fiction writing has surpassed his work in the theatre in terms of success having once been considered a playwright who wrote occasional nove