The Temporary Gentleman

by Sebastian Barry | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0571276970 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 6/11/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Monday, June 11, 2018
This book starts its BookCrossing life from Delphi, Greece .

" Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him.

He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked
and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp.

A heart-breaking portrait of one man's life - of his demons and his lost love - The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself. "

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Monday, June 11, 2018
Sebastian Barry is certainly a unique author. He has a very special way of describing scenes, emotions and events, writing on a poetic, beautiful language. His novels aren’t light reads, one needs to allow time and effort to really appreciate them, treating them as small works of art.

The Temporary Gentleman is a fine stand-alone book, linked though with at least two others of the author. It’s a first person narration of the adventurous and mostly sad life of Jack McNulty and of his huge and weird love for his wife, Mai. Two sensitive, talented, charismatic people who are self-destroyable and frivolous too.
This novel is many more things too, as the story touches on many diverse themes. As it happens with all Barry’s novels, the main plot is very “personal” and “specific”, watching the heroes’ choices and conditions, but in the meantime, while the author doesn’t quite focus there, the reader can see how History may influence and often destroy families, personalities, lives, humans…

A very moving story, although it gets a bit exaggerated at times and somehow predictable, especially towards the very end. Even though the protagonists are not always likeable, they are deeply human and the book will leave you full of emotion and with lots of things to contemplate.

It’s wiser to pick this up when in a relaxed mood, although it’s not a relaxed read at all. Be prepared for a demanding, beautiful, bittersweet book that will evoke lots of feeling and lots of thinking…

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 13, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (7/13/2018 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases


This book is now traveling on a mini book ray.


mcsar (Canada) - prefers US shipping, but can ship international
valpete (USA) - can ship anywhere
Arvores (Portugal) - would like to ship withing Europe
grovalskii (Germany) - can ship anywhere


Journal Entry 4 by mcsar at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, September 14, 2018
Yay. The book has safely arrived. Thank you for sharing this as a bookray. I will start reading soon and keep the ray going.

Updated Sept 28, 2018

I do not have much to add as I agree with everything Delphi_Reader said. This is a heartbreaking tale that is beautifully written. It is very sad and very moving. I do not want to give any spoilers. This is definitely a book to read when you can spare the time and energy. A very worthwhile read. Thanks for offering this as a bookray.

Journal Entry 5 by mcsar at Next Reader, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, October 05, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (10/5/2018 UTC) at Next Reader, Bookray -- Controlled Releases


The book is traveling to its next reader. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 6 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Received today. I do have a few before this one. Please let me know if I'm taking too long.

Journal Entry 7 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Saturday, December 15, 2018
I, also, don't have very much to add to the other readers' comments. This is my second book by Sebastian Barry, and I must say I am captivated by his writing. Pure poetry! Although the story is very dark in nature, I was fascinated by all the details he includes. You do feel as if you are there...either in Ireland or Africa.

Journal Entry 8 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Released 10 mos ago (12/27/2018 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA


It's off to the next reader. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Thursday, January 10, 2019
The book arrived today, safe and sound.
I have a couple of books to read before this one. But it shouldn't take long to get there.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Journal Entry 10 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Melancholic. A long love letter, I would say. Yet, not my favourite book by Sebastian Barry.

It will be sent to grovalskii as soon as I have her address.
Thank you so much for sharing

Journal Entry 11 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Thursday, February 14, 2019
Sent to grovalskii today.
Enjoy! :-)

Journal Entry 12 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Book received today. Thanks Avores! Looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 13 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Sunday, June 16, 2019
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. On the one hand, it was a very depressing story. On the other hand, I like the maybe old-fashioned language and particularities of Irish writing. Maybe this won't be my last book by this author.

Thanks again for sharing, Arvores! I'll be looking for a new reader soon.

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