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The Whereabouts Of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry
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Apr 06, 12

it was amazing
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Read in April, 2012

1998 prequel to A Secret Scripture, beautifully written story of Eneas McNulty, Roseanne's secret lover and the eldest McNulty brother in Sligo. As a young man returning from WWI he takes a job with the Royal Irish Constabulary which turns out to be a permanent death sentence. He must spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder for the assassins, searching for a home and place where he can fit in, a hated person forever. He notices a ship of Jews, other hated people with no one to welcome them home. He travels the world, returning to Sligo to have a brief relationship with Roseanne, and finally finds a friend in Africa, Harcourt, who also has to flee his home country, Nigeria as it fights for freedom. The men form a friendship as lost souls without a country and open a hotel together until Eneas finally dies together with his childhood friend, Jonno Lynch. Lyrical, mystical prose of the dark side of the human battles for independence & freedom.

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