A Long Long Way

by Sebastian Barry | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0571218008 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookCrosser of Culemborg, Gelderland Netherlands on 10/30/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by BookCrosser from Culemborg, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, October 30, 2006
from Amazon: A Long Long Way evokes the camaraderie and humour of Willie and his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, but also the cruelty and sadness of war, and the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt. Tracing their experiences through the course of the war, the narrative brilliantly explores and dramatises the events of the Easter Rising within Ireland, and how such a seminal political moment came to affect those boys off fighting for the King of England on foreign fields - the paralysing doubts and divisions it caused them.

A good example of WWI literature

Journal Entry 2 by BookCrosser at By mail in n/a, n/a -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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Journal Entry 3 by Sidney1 from München, Bayern Germany on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Just got the book in the post from BookCrosser - thank you so very much. Am very much looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 4 by Sidney1 from München, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
This is a brilliant, sad, moving book. I had no idea about the problem of Home Rule and the fighting that went on in Ireland while the Irish boys were fighting the war for King George. It was such a terrible war, where even nature turned against the soldiers: if they were not being gassed or shot at etc. they were freezing to death or being baked by the sun or drowning in the swampy earth due to merciless rainfall. The enemy was everywhere, even your fellow soldier could betray you. And then the final straw: the people at home turned on you because you were fighting for the King of England, threw stones at you, spat at you. The other soldiers around you didn't trust you any more simply because you were Irish and you might rebell. What a terrible, senseless fate. Sebastian Barry writes very well, full of compassion but in a simple, direct style. If you can bare the awful subject, this is a brilliant read. But there are also up-lifting moments of comradery and friendship, family love and loyalty. Thank you, thank you, thank you BookCrosser for sharing the book with me.

I will turn this into a book ray once my mum has read it.

Journal Entry 5 by Sidney1 from München, Bayern Germany on Saturday, June 28, 2008
My mom loved the book. Now it's going into Lellie's contemporary fiction book box, which I'm sending on to France.

Journal Entry 6 by winglelliewing from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Friday, August 15, 2008
In my Recent Fiction Bookbox when it came home.

Journal Entry 7 by winglelliewing from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Friday, September 26, 2008
A moving and beautifully told story. Excellent read.

Am sending to America via BookMooch

Journal Entry 8 by winglelliewing at Suffolk U.K., Book Mooch -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 27, 2008

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