A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

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In 1914, Willie Dunne, slightly eighteen years outdated, leaves at the back of Dublin, his relatives, and the lady he plans to marry with a purpose to enlist within the Allied forces and face the Germans at the Western entrance. as soon as there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he couldn't have imagined and sustains his spirit with in basic terms the phrases at the pages from domestic and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who struggle and die by means of his part. Dimly conscious of the political tensions that experience grown in eire in his absence, Willie returns on depart to discover a global break up and ravaged by way of forces towards domestic. regardless of the relief he reveals along with his kinfolk, he is aware he needs to rejoin his regiment and struggle until eventually the top. With grace and gear, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie's own fight in addition to the overpowering results of conflict.

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A Long Long Way

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Below the middle tier a covered gallery curved around the half circle, separating it from the lowest tier for slaves and the poor and providing special box seating for the magistrates whose generosity sponsored the event. Far below, the orchestra seating was reserved for aristocrats. indd 37 6/28/13 10:20 AM T r ac y L . H ig l e y Taken in all at once, it was a spectacular sight. The five thousand seats had nearly filled, and the citizens had arrived in their best clothes, melting the marble theater into a sea of white, with red and blue and gold sashes weaving and twisting through the bright sea like languid, colorful fish.

She tried not to take note of those who watched, but one man caught her attention and she glanced toward him more than once. He had seemed interested at first, but another, larger man had drawn him away. Even from the distance of twenty gradi, she could see that animosity between the men lay beneath their civility. “Over here, Ari,” Celadus called. ” She refocused. But her eyes strayed to the leaner man again. There was something about him that she liked. His wavy hair was styled in the Roman fashion, and his clothes spoke of wealth but were not ostentatious.

There must be. As though his heart were the fertile black soil of his vineyard, the determination to thrive here had taken root inside him like a stubborn vine, curling around his heart, drawing nourishment from the pain of the past, longing to bear fruit. He turned back to Octavia. “Don’t worry, Mother. ” The marble of his mother’s stately features seemed to quiver and she dropped her eyes. indd 18 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i counter, crossed to where Octavia stood in the center of the shop, and gripped her arms.

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