Having handily survived his Sligo childhood, Eneas joins the British Army in time for World War I-- and upon his return home, finds himself shunned as a collaborator. Tarred with this very Britannic brush, he goes one better and enlists in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Alas, this move only cements his fate as a marked man and his father is soon issued a warning: "Let your son keep out of Sligo if he wants to keep his ability to walk." With a price on his head, Eneas commences a life of wandering, from Mexico to Africa to Nigeria (which the moonlight, he notices, "brings closer to Ireland.") From time to time he sneaks back to Sligo and is promptly expelled.
In another author's hands, this epic of dislocation could well be a bitter one. Yet the stoical and simple-minded Eneas is surprisingly free of anguish and even his constant fear "has become something else, could he dare call it strength, a privacy anyhow." And the reader, at least, has the delightful distraction of Barry's prose, in which the occasional Joycean notes are entirely subsumed by the author's own colloquial brilliance. In the end, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is less a novel than an exhibition of bardic fireworks--a latter-day Aeniad that's actually worthy of the name. --James Marcus, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A beautifully piece of writing which demonstrates the ways in which politics at a national level can impact on the lives of individuals, on families and on local communitiesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first of Barry’s novels about the McNulty family of Sligo drawing from his own family history, this is a richly written, gripping tale of the cost of exile and loss for the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J.K. Currie
don't like it at all. .the only one of his books I didn't finish. .Hate the sentimentality of the languagePublished 4 months ago by london walker
As an ardent reader of all historical books and a writer, I found this book hard to follow I thought his descriptions were forced and overused. The story didn't move for me at all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vanessa
Having had family members who served in the RIC during this difficult time I was aware of the shabby treatment former members endured in the aftermath of Irish Independence. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Donnelly