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The temporary gentleman / Sebastian Barry.

By: Barry, Sebastian, 1955- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Barry, Sebastian: Edition: Large print edition.Description: 264 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781410474629 (hardback); 1410474623 (hardcover).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Fiction | Marital conflict -- Fiction | Separated people -- Fiction | Compulsive gamblers -- Fiction | Alcoholism -- Fiction | Ireland -- History -- War of Independence, 1919-1921 -- Fiction | Ghana -- Fiction | United Nations -- Officials and employees -- FictionGenre/Form: Irish fiction. | Historical fiction. | Large type books.DDC classification: 823/.914 Other classification: FIC000000 Summary: Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman," an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, Jack 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. But the memory weighing heaviest on his heart is that of beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage.
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Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman" -- an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, Jack's writing his life story. A lifetime of war and travel -- as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer -- has brought him to this point. But the memory weighing heaviest on his heart is that of beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage.

Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman," an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, Jack 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. But the memory weighing heaviest on his heart is that of beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage.

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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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