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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 particularly through the yes of Willie Dunne who joined the army at age seventeen They were young men who were placed 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 perceived them all to be potential or Shadow Scale (Seraphina, 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 deadlynemy 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 Claim The Crown earlier A Long Long Way is a story of horror and heartbreak with the most graphic description of horrific poison gas attacks that I havever 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 Nerds 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 a poet and a playwright before becoming a novelist and it shows in his prose good general or badverything In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, ended always in the ghastly tally of wrenching deaths His head was heavy now sore as a boxer s he wanted to have the matterxplained 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 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 Bark encountered particularly 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 poetry yet the language is simple andarthyI 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 On Such a Full Sea endven 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 of power greed and moral certainty War is inexcusable. Azi scriitorulCalea cea lunga se concentreaza 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 Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! estexponentul unei întregi generatii de irlandezi despre care autorul însusi spunea ca „au fost prinsi pe partea gresita a istoriei Discriminati pe front de fratii de arme britanici soldatii irlandezi o data întorsi acasavor fi tratati drept tradatori de conationali Un alt pisod din conflictul mocnit dintre Irlanda si Anglia într un roman în care brutalitatea intrigii se însoteste paradoxal cu gratia stilului Alina Purcaru.
Oh Willie Dunn a painfully arnest 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 Mastered (The Enforcers, endlessxcitementThe trench was soon looking fairly smartThat s fucking better now said the sergeant major religiouslyThey did all that and then lurked in the perfected trench getting muggy like old boxers The poor human mind played ueer tricks and you could forget Man, Son of Man even your name betimes andven the point of being there aside Alter Ego 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 hadaten they were beginning to look at ach other and think this St Julian wasn t the worst place they d been in It was the ssential illusion bestowed on them by full stomachsA breeze had pushed through the tall grasses all day There was a yellow flower Uncommon Wisdom 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 andvery 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 Unseen City efforts to be manly and cheerful a melancholy tinge But it had to be faced God help them they were funnynough Art 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 peaceful as anything Notven the guns were firing now The caterpillars foamed on the yellow flowersAnd the grass died in the path 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 God Is in the Crowd 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 piece of warfare A long long way written by Sebastian Barry was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005 and tells an amazing andxtremely 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 Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard eighteen is too short to follow in his father s footsteps and become. Format în cel mai pur spirit irlandez Sebastian Barry originar din Dublinste unul dintre scriitorii care n au ocolit nici un gen literar Premiat în nenumarate rânduri pentru piesele sale Barry s a bucurat de aprecierile criticilor si în calitate de romancier si poet Fiu al actritei Joan O'Hara Sebastian Barry a fost ducat la Trinity College în Dublin oras care l a racordat puternic la cauza irlandeza si care i a insuflat un simt acut de apartenenta la o mostenire culturala plina 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.
A policeman in Dublin but who is old nough to volunteer and fight for England in World War 1 and so Willie leaves behind Dublin his family and the girl he plans to marry to Notes for the Everlost enlist in the allied forces in the Great War partly to prove himself a man and please his father At the time of the first world war there was an understanding among the Irish 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 thexecutions in May 1916 of fourteen of the leaders of the failed 1916 Easter Rising took place and having the tour information and pictures of the When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) executed men fresh in my head I wasmotionally and factually ready for a novel of this depthThis is a tough read and certainly not for the faint hearted so if you get put 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 xperience 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 Certain mental images can be a little too vivid When it comes to WW1 the permamuck of the trenches the seared throats from deadly gases and the pants soiling horror of seeing a comrade s detached body parts inches away are associations powerful nough to shut us down There s only so far we can Crush It! extend our comprehension in the face of palpable terror So how does a good author milk it a little getting us past the autonomic desensitization and back into the boots of sharedxperience In Sebastian Barry s case he creates a character so Attracting Birds to Your Backyard earnest andager to please that he seems custom built as an Deep Listening empathy magnet The fully realized inner life of Willie Dunne the 18 year old central figure a Dubliner go 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 has produced some outstanding novels recounting the horrific mind numbing dehumanizingxperiences of common soldiers locked in the death grip of trench warfare In the 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 the perspective 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 Bird-by-Bird Gardening 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 learningxperienceI 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 called the Easter Rising against the British. Boys 1990 The Steward of Christendom 1995 Our Lady of Sligo 1998 Hinterland si Whistling Psyche 2004 sunt printre cele mai complexe piese ale lui Barry care dramatizeaza probleme acute privind memoria identitara a Irlandei Aceleasi interese au orientat si tematica romanelor sale xceptie facând Elsewhere the Adventures of Belemus 1985 un roman pentru copii Înainte sa fi fost inclus pe lista scurta la Man Booker Prize cu romanul Calea cea lunga 2005 Barry fusese aclamat pentru The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty 1998 roman tradus în sapte limbi urmat în scurt timp de Annie Dunne 2002 o poveste plasata în anii '50 în Wicklow tinutul în care traieste.
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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