November's Book of the Month: 'Days without End' by Sebastian Barry

Pat and the Eason Book Club tackle the new novel from the celebrated Irish author

November's Book of the Month: 'Days without End' by Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry attends World Book Night event at the South Bank Centre, London in 2013 [Anthony Devlin PA Archive/PA Images]

With shorter days, November offers up the best time of year to curl up with a good book, so let the Eason Book Club on Newstalk's The Pat Kenny Show inspire you. For November, the panellists will be poring over the new novel from the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist Sebastian Barry, one of the finest storytellers in the contemporary Irish literary scene.

In Days without End, Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars against the Sioux and the Yurok and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona,Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

The Eason Book Club will gather, as always, on the final Thursday of the month, November 24th. You can listen back to last month's segment in the podcast below:

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