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A Long Long Way (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Sebastian Barry

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Title:A Long Long Way
Authors:Sebastian Barry
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2005), Paperback, 304 pages
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A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry (2005)

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The time is 1914, and young Willie Dunne joins the Allied forces on the Western Front with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He wanted to join the Dublin police force just like his father, but Willie was unlucky enough to be five feet five inches tall. Too short to be a policeman, but not too short to fight for king and country. He was politically innocent, but followed his mates into the army because they felt it was a way to quicken the path to Home Rule. For Willie, it was a way of proving he was a man, and a way to earn his father's respect. He is granted home leave in April of 1916. When leave is over, as he is headed to transport back to the front, there is heavy gunfire in Dublin as the Easter Uprising begins. The officers want Willie and his fellow soldiers to fire at the rebels. Knowing that these could be friends and neighbors, Willie can't do it, and spends the rest of his time at the front trying to understand his feelings about home and his place at the front fighting with England. Above all, his love of family and his fellow soldiers shines through.

The Irish regiments were shunned by the folks at home, and not completely trusted by the English troops. The scenes of battle are vivid and disturbing, yet poignant and unforgettable. It is easy to become attached to Willie and many of the other characters. I liked this book and enjoyed Barry's prose.

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  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side. Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war. ( )
  MarkBeronte | Mar 4, 2014 |
A really good read and very well written. Loved the honest description of the inner struggle within the Irish people, to support England during WW1 and in the fight for Irish Independence. It educated me on just how much support was given to England in the form of Irish lives. Whole divisions of the British Army were manned by soldiers from Ireland. When they came home from that war after seeing their army buddies die, both Irish and English, the Irish soldiers who had joined the British Army were then shunned by their own people for fighting "on the wrong side." An impossible situation for anyone who survived the war and got to "go home" and how terribly tragic. Barry brought to life a part of Irish history that is often overlooked and more than that, was able to bring us into the heads of the poor lads caught up in it. This was the first book of his I read and definitely won't be the last. ( )
  BrendaRT20 | Oct 11, 2013 |
This is a good book set in World War 1.
The main character Willie Dunne a Dublin Policemans son volunteers to fight against the Germans he is sent over to Belguim.
Willie while on home leave witnesses the rebels in Dublin start to rise.

He is confused serves King and Country suffers huge loses to his regiment. He also falls out with his father when he writes to tell him his feelings. He returns to Dublin on leave but the damage to his relationship with his father has been done.

Willle returns to action is injured writes to his father his father sees sense replies to Willie, but the letter arrives to late. Willie dies in action just a few months before the war is due to end.

Very moving book. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Apr 29, 2013 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143035096, Paperback)

Praised as a “master storyteller” (The Wall Street Journal) and hailed for his “flawless use of language” (Boston Herald), Irish author and playwright Sebastian Barry has created a powerful new novel about divided loyalties and the realities of war.

In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side.  Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.

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Set at the onset of World War One, 'A Long Long Way' evokes the camaraderie and humour of Willie Dunne and his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, but also the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt. It also explores and dramatizes the events of the Easter Rising within Ireland.… (more)

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