Days Without End: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Barry, Sebastian
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / War & Military
Publisher: Viking
Published: January 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*"I am thinking of the days without end of my life. And it is not like that now."

From the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry, "a master storyteller" (Wall Street Journal), comes a powerful new novel of duty and family set against the American Indian and Civil Wars

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars-against the Sioux and the Yurok-and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men 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 Barry's 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.
Review Quote*"A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years."
-Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize winning author of The Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant

"A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go."-Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart, winner of the Guardian first book award

"A tour de force of style and atmosphere . . . Evocative of Cormac McCarthy and Charles Portis, Days Without End is a timeless work of historical fiction."-Booklist (Starred Review)

"Days Without End is a work of staggering openness; its startlingly beautiful sentences are so capacious that they are hard to leave behind, its narrative so propulsive that you must move on. In its pages, Barry conjures a world in miniature, inward, quiet, sacred; and a world of spaces and borders so distant they can barely be imagined. Taken as a whole, his McNulty adventure is experimental, self-renewing, breathtakingly exciting. It is probably not ended yet."
-Alex Clark, Guardian

"Barry writes with a gloomy gloriousness: everyone that crosses his pages is in mortal danger, but there's an elegant beauty even in the most fraught moments."-Library Journal

"Days Without End is not only a story of survival, it is a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry's characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America . . . Days Without End takes the reader back to a critical point of fracture in the history of the US . . . Barry appears to paint a world where outsiders can find a path through the destruction wreaked all around."-Financial Times

"The novel comes close to being a modern masterpiece. Written in a style that is as delicate and economical as a spider's web, it builds to a climax that is as brutally effective as a punch to the gut."-The Times (UK)

"Sebastian Barry is the most humane of writers. The leeway is always generous; beauty is mined to its last redemptive glint. Like McNulty, the voice is humorous, compassionate, true. It is his glory as a writer. It is the stern, glorious music of a great novel."-Eoin McNamee, Irish Times

"Remarkable ... Life-affirming in the truest and best ways."-Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

"Epic, lyrical and constantly suprising ... a rich and satisfying novel."-Jeff Robson, Independent

"The narrative is gripping, descriptions of landscape vivid and beautiful, evocations of military life, brutal warfare, cruelty and courage utterly compelling."-Allan Massie, Scotsman

"The stuff of epic cinema, and some of the descriptions go from earthily real to achingly poetic in a sentence, which is essentially Barry's great skill ... [He] finds a new way of telling a well-worn story, and finding the essence of humanity."
-Ben East, The National

Praise for Sebastian Barry

"One of the best writers in the English language . . . [Barry's] soul-wrenching narratives and incantatory prose . . . are powerful canvases of the human spirit." -The Washington Post

"Barry's prose has a dreamlike quality. . . . The raw elegance of his storytelling has its own beauty." -Booklist
"Barry succeeds admirably in creating complex individuals who find themselves trapped in a brutal reality." -Los Angeles Times

"Sebastian Barry's handling of voice and cadence is masterly. His fictional universe is filled with life, quiet truth, and exquisite intimacy." -Colm Tóibín, author of the Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn
Biographical NoteSebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year Award, the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award, and the Walter Scott Prize. His work has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is the author of six previous novels and lives in Ireland.