A Long Long Way

A Long Long Way

Book - 2005
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Willie Dunne is a gifted and bright boy, growing up in Dublin with his three younger sisters. His policeman father works under the British regime of the early 1900s and has plans for Willie to do the same, but Willie dreams of marrying his girlfriend and becoming a builder. WWI changes all that. Willie goes off to battle on the Western Front in 1915, and his life is never the same. We follow him there through the letters he writes home, and a diary he keeps. Willie must shoulder the unending internal damages of the war along with the hatred of his own countrymen for fighting for Britain. Sebastian Barry captures this brutal war and the life of Willie with masterful grace and lyrical skill.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2005.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786275663
Characteristics: 463 p. ;,22 cm.


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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.

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.

Nov 13, 2011

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

jplynch25 Apr 19, 2011

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

Sep 13, 2010

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

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