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The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty By Sebastian Barry,

  • Title: The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty
  • Author: Sebastian Barry
  • ISBN: 9780140280180
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the finest book to come out of Europe this year, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is acclaimed Irish playwright Sebastian Barry s lyrical tale of a fugitive everyman For Eneas McNulty, a happy, innocent childhood in County Sligo in the early 1900s gives way to an Ireland wracked by violence and conflict Unable to find work in thHailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the finest book to come out of Europe this year, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is acclaimed Irish playwright Sebastian Barry s lyrical tale of a fugitive everyman For Eneas McNulty, a happy, innocent childhood in County Sligo in the early 1900s gives way to an Ireland wracked by violence and conflict Unable to find work in the depressed times after World War I, Eneas joins the British led police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary a decision that alters the course of his life Branded a traitor by Irish nationalists and pursued by IRA hitmen, Eneas is forced to flee his homeland, his family, and Viv, the woman he loves His wandering terminates on the Isle of Dogs, a haven for sailors, where a lifetime of loss is redeemed by a final act of generosity The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is the story of a lost man and a compelling saga that illuminates Ireland s complex history.
    The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the finest book to come out of Europe this year The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is acclaimed Irish playwright Sebastian Barry s lyrical tale of a fugitive ev

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    1. Sure and it s the voice that does it here, takes you by the hand and worrits you away to lands beyond the sea and a life lived headless and heedless of consequences That Eneas fellah, he s a great chap, you know, a grand lad, but you cannae deny, if his brains were dynamite he wouldnae be able to blow his own hat off What s he doing taking a job with the feckin Royal Irish Constabulary Would you not know that that was bound to end badly Sure enough Sure enough.Aye.

    2. A beautifully written book that seems as if it could only be about an Irishman, a man from a divided area who through no fault of his own is put on a side , yet the particulars of time and place are transcended with universal themes the call of home and family, true friendship, loneliness the raw, pure, hurting kind , and one s place in the world and beyond the world.Paradoxically, seeing Irish history through the eyes of this naive, confused, apolitical man helped me understand its complexity p [...]

    3. I can think of no better review for this book than Bruce Springsteen s Something In The Night for it is, truly, Eneas McNulty s life, from beginning to endYou re born with nothing, and better off that way, Soon as you ve got something they send someone to try and take it away, You can ride this road till dawn, without another human being in sight, Just kids wasted on something in the night Nothing is forgotten or forgiven, when it s your last time around, I got stuff running round my head That I [...]

    4. Really enjoyed this book in lots of different ways.I think I have read most of Sebastian Barry s booksand liked them all.His prose is really almost poetic at times.I found myself re reading a lot of sentences as theywere so beautifully put together.Also his characters talk in the accent or voice of thepeople of Sligo in the West of Ireland which is nearlymusical at times.The historical times the story is set in is during theEaster Rising,The Irish Civil War and the First WorldWar.The author real [...]

    5. The whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry is the fourth book by Sebastian Barry that I have read.Following the end of the First World War, Eneas McNulty joins the British led Royal Irish Constabulary With all those around him becoming soldiers of a different kind, it proves to be the defining decision of his life when having witnessed the further of a fellow RIC Policeman he is wrongly accused of identifying the executioners With a sentence of death passed over him he is forced to flee [...]

    6. I didn t enjoy this nearly as much as The Secret Scripture, and I m glad I read that first because if I d read this first I wouldn t have bothered with the other However, I think this is a writer who is gaining in mastery and elegance with successive books, rather than churning them out for the sake of word count.I won t recount the plot here, but I will comment that part of the reason I wanted to read this was to get a different view of Roseanne Clear, the main character in The Secret Scripture [...]

    7. Cast off from his beloved Irish town for unpatriotic deeds that were never cast in any such light for him, Eneas McNulty embarks on a life both stunningly eventful and surprisingly not The heartbreaking accidents of what happens to him and how he gets by and what happens when he does venture home to see his beloved Mam and Pap sent me hurtling through the book, staying up much later than I should have at night But it s the language, my God, that took it over the edge Sebastian Barry can WRITE I [...]

    8. I usually pull some favorite quotes from a book as I go along, which is what I had been doing for this one, too But then I got to the chapter at Dunkirk And the first two sections of that chapter are amazing, line after line after line Those first 4 or 5 pages of Chapter 10 are some of the best writing around.

    9. Barry, Sebastian THE WHEREABOUTS OF ENEAS MCNULTY 1998 This was Barry s second novel, and, of course, I ve been reading them all out of order There is a constant and recurring theme that has run throughout all of them, though, that makes you believe that Barry is realy writing a theme and variation on the same book many times This novel focuses on Eneas McNulty, a man from Sligo, who grows up poor His mom and dad both work at the insane asylum, sewing clothes for the inmates, but his dad has hi [...]

    10. Writing from the perspective of Eneas, beginning in his young childhood, Barry uses third person narrative, the present tense, and free indirect discourse to trace the life and development of this puzzled young man in Sligo, Ireland, beginning at about the start of the last century Barry s fine ear for the music and lilt of Sligo dialect waft the reader into the ambiance of western Ireland before and during World War I, conjuring the personalities and social customs of the times while also incar [...]

    11. I would love to give this book a higher rating based on some of the prose The writing can be lovely, with moments of description that are well done but the entire book is bogged down in the author s desire to be poetic The story is lost in all those words as it becomes about long drawn out paragraphs and no motion to the story and then a sudden burst forward then back to long, never ending sentences A fan of this period in history or of this place may look past all of that, enjoy the droning of [...]

    12. I did not love this book It reminded me of a book English professors assign in English 101 Too often I felt as if the author was interested in creating a flower from words than in telling his story A couple of times I actually counted how many pages I had left The story itself is quite good I wish someone had said to the author, Not every sentence in the book has to be an artful expression designed to impress readers with how erudite you are I even reread passages to make sure I wasn t missing [...]

    13. After I recently read Barry s impressive Days Without End, I tracked down this earlier work about the McNulty family Barry has mined a rich vein of his Irish family history through plays and novels about two families the McNultys and the Dunnes This novel was written about the time the Northern Ireland peace accords were signed but it demonstrates the enduring hatreds that ran through Irish history in the 20th century Eneas McNulty has a death sentence passed upon him by the IRA because of his b [...]

    14. The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry begins with a brief rundown of Eneas childhood in County Sligo Contentedly alone with his parents until age ten, Eneas world changes unexpectedly when three younger siblings are born one right after the other Having lost the attention of his parents as an only child and having lost his best and only friend to the underbelly of Irish society, Eneas decides to run away from his loneliness by going to war, and ends up signing on with the British M [...]

    15. The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is the sixth novel by Irish author Sebastian Barry and involves several characters of Barry s later novel, The Secret Scripture, and his play, Our Lady of Sligo Eneas McNulty is born in Sligo at the turn of the century, a gentle soul, na ve, guileless, who finds himself, not, as he had always believed, popular with lots of friends, but instead shunned, an outcast in his own town, his own country At sixteen he joins the British Merchant Navy for the cause of Franc [...]

    16. I didn t know much about the postwar politics in Ireland before I read this book After WWI, Ireland had two very separate factions those who were still fighting for Britain Royal Irish Constabulary and those who are intent on winning their freedom after 800 years of English oppression IRA After Eneas service to the RIC, he has a death sentence levied on his head For the rest of his life he deals with the aftermath of this decision His childhood friend, Jonno, is one of the IRA enforcers and His [...]

    17. It is easy to get lost in the beauty of the language I found myself having to re read paragraphs because I d forgotten to pay attention to the plot, which is fairly simple but you do have to pay attention.Sentences like Moonlight brings Nigeria closer to Irelandd The atomic bomb brings the men home from every quarter of the earth because the war is not so much over as stunned back into historyEvery few pages I found myself interrupting my roommate to read a few sentences that were so lovely they [...]

    18. What an amazing story It follows the life of one man, born in the early 1900s in a small coastal Irish town He lives through war and isolation, constant fear and loneliness I guess in my reviews I don t like to give any spoilers, so I ll just tell you how this book made me feel as I read it It isn t an easy read not something you would breeze through lightly, but rather is one of those poetical prose books that cause you to stop and reread a sentence here and there, soaking in the subtlety and t [...]

    19. A tough read for me First of all, I missed the significance of the name Eneas Then, of course, he undertook the odyssey of his life as he continually left Ireland to escape the vendetta of the blacklist he innocently was placed on, coming back in the hope that all is forgotten or forgiven, finding out that no one ever gets expunged from the list except by death, leaving again, etc.He gets into interesting adventures, but he always hopes that he can come back Of course, even in the best of circum [...]

    20. I took this novel away with me because, after reading The Secret Scripture and A Long, Long Way I thought I couldn t go wrong with Sebastian Barry as my companion Well, I hope I haven t read the best of him, because this one was disappointing It was beautifully written, as are all Barry s works so far for me, but I just felt this one was a little less interesting and the style was a bit viscous than his others The wanderings of Eneas were a little too meandering, and though I didn t really want [...]

    21. This is a very enjoyable read not just because of the storyline and a well developed main character, but also because Sebastian Barry has such a beautiful lyrical prose style Eneas McNulty was born in 1900 in Sligo in the west of Ireland into an average working class home As a young man, he didn t get involved with the revolutionaries but chose instead, in order to earn a living, to join the police That began a chain of events which forced him out of his country and affected the rest of his life [...]

    22. A great read although it took me about 60 pages to get into it I d give it 3.5 if enabled that There are passages where Barry s abilities as a wordsmith are as good as anyone s There are also passages that are so gripping with tension, it would take several big bullies to wrest the book away Somehow Barry manages to weave a keen sense of humor into a pretty bleak story It is also a thoughtful book about political independence movements and some rarely considered collateral damage.

    23. Barry really understands his native country this book reads like a dirge It is heartbreaking to watch what happens to poor Eneas , who never gets a break He just wants a quiet life with Mam and Pappy and Viv, but he is never able to enjoy that He yearns to go back to the madhouse, He is mortally exhausted sometimes by being this Eneas McNulty As his friend tells him, We are not masters of this life I think it s a true reflection on the life of so many Irish in those times.

    24. I really enjoyed the story of the character, Eneas McNulty, sad as it was on the whole but unfortunately I wasn t very keen on the language in which it was told the author seemed to be making an effort to be over descriptive with his language and how Eneas was feeling which sadly affected my enjoyment of the book In my opinion, not as good as others of his that I have read 6 10.

    25. I didn t enjoy this as much as The Secret Scripture and found the story lacking at times however, this is some of the best writing I have ever read Sebastian Barry s language is absolutely stunning

    26. The lilting prose of Barry is gorgeous the story is a sad, Irish story, filled with the IRA, World Wars and old vengeful friends like Jonno Lynch, and good friends like Port Harcourt The life long story of Eneus does not end with the founding of Rome or a new city it just ends.

    27. This is a marvelous book narrated powerfully and beautifully by one of Ireland s finest living writers No doubt critics and literary wags will look for multiple parallels between the eponymous hero of the story and his famous namesake from Virgil s epic, perhaps seeing therein an attempt on Barry s part to one up Joyce s Ulysses, but I see no such effort other than as a superficial gesture or proverbial doffing of the cap The story of Eneas McNulty is the story of Ireland in the 20th Century, o [...]

    28. The best read of the year far A brilliant disturbing novel which struck so many deep blood chords in my vivid literary imagination with its cruel merciless examination of a failed life in difficult times in 20th century Irelanda haunting echo, perhaps, of my mysteriously absent grandfatherwho, it seems, was exiled from his homeland by the vicious, internecine violence of the gobshites of Irish politicson their malign, illusory, visionary even, paradise that is Catholic Ireland in the modern, pos [...]

    29. Sebastian Barry brings a poetry to his prose that I find unequalled in the modern novel It is not often that I find myself putting a book down in mid read, to ponder in awe the depth and beauty of the writer s soul I do it quiet regularly with Barry s novels.This novel is one of several that probes aspects of Ireland s struggle towards independence Eneas is an uncomplicated man who falls foul of a childhood friend and future leader within the IRA He is obliged to flee his country and spend his d [...]

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