10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: A Long Long Way (Paperback)
Sebastian Barry has laid many ghosts for me in this heart-wrenching and wonderfully written account of the Irish involvement with British affairs at the beginning of the twentieth century. I read the book almost without a break (although I did struggle through the elongated period of the Great War itself).
The convoluted history of Home Rule and the myriad twists in the confused minds and loyalties of the Irish people (which still exists today) has troubled me for years, as I have tried to make some sense of my own father's history and of his own loyalties. Sebastian Barry has done the job for me overnight in the confines of this one novel. In substituting my father for Willie Dunn, I wept unashamedly as I read of his condemnations by his father.
A great book and best wishes in the Booker.