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The temporary gentleman : a novel / Sebastian Barry.

By: Barry, Sebastian, 1955- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 270 page ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780571276967.Subject(s): United Nations -- Officials and employees -- Fiction | Irish -- Ghana -- Fiction | Married people -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.DDC classification: 823.914 Summary: Historical fiction. 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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A stunning return from the prize-winning and best-selling author of The Secret Scripture .

Historical fiction. 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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Irishman Jack McNulty has plenty to say about his life as an engineer, soldier, and UN observer. He begins with high adventure as the ship he is on sinks in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa but soon transitions to the equally fascinating story of his tragically doomed marriage. After their marriage, Mai Kirwan, a lively, educated, and talented beauty, slid inexorably into depression followed by alcoholism, drug addiction, and child abuse. Jack enabled her more than he helped, and he frequently abandoned her when he needed to go to work. Spanning much of the early 20th century, this novel focuses on the ordinary lives of people who often found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. The compelling tale, written in exquisite, often poetic language, is the sixth in a cycle of related stand-alone novels and is brought to life by Frank Grimes, who delivers a strong narrative performance. VERDICT Perfect for listeners with an interest in World War II or life between the wars. ["Fans of Roddy Doyle's 'Last Roundup' trilogy will appreciate this book's bold lyricism, unforgettable characters, and epic historicism": LJ 5/1/14 starred review of the Viking hc.]--Janet Martin, -Southern Pines P.L., NC © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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