A very slow start but language is rich and beautiful. Builds momentum around mid of the book and then it keeps you engaged till the end.
I would give this gem more stars if they were available. This is a well crafted story with memorable characters and remarkably gracious prose. Barry has created a female heroine with depth, compassion and mystery. This was a sad story, but it was worth it for the ending. Also, it was not a fast read, only because I wanted to savor the beautiful words and themes that Barry wove so skillfully into the story. I recommend it.
When visiting Ireland in 2010, a book store owner recommended Sebastian Barry's novels, so I bought and read "A Long Long Way." Loved his writing, so I read more. This is the fourth book of his I've read and loved. It had me hooked from beginning to end. Barry is really first rate.
Costa Book Award Winner – A female inmate of a hospital is nearing her 100th birthday and a young doctor seeks her history, resulting in the revelation of a shocking secret. I really enjoyed the unfolding of the story.
Beautifully written study in perspective and the relative terms of sanity and mental health. Women in 1920's Ireland faced a treacherous minefield of sexual repression and two-faced codes of morality, and those who strayed could find themselves confined in asylums.
I found the author's writing style really difficult to read. There were many passages I had to read over and over again to understand the meaning.
Having said that I was intrigued from the start. It was interesting how Roseanne's accounts of her life differed from those uncovered by Dr. Grene. I had to read the book to the end to find out the truth and oh what an ending it was! The ending alone made it worth the read.
A really interesting and well written book by an Irish author whom I was not aware of. Will look for more by him.
Such a wonderful writer! He is a master of the language, worth reading and re-reading for his turn of phrase alone. Highly recommended.
Wonderful book, well written. The begining might be a little slow but hang in there it's worth it!
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