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The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry
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Jan 13, 10

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2010

Cast off from his beloved Irish town for "unpatriotic" deeds that were never cast in any such light for him, Eneas McNulty embarks on a life both stunningly eventful and surprisingly not. The heartbreaking accidents of what happens to him and how he gets by and what happens when he does venture home to see his beloved Mam and Pap sent me hurtling through the book, staying up much later than I should have at night. But it's the language, my God, that took it over the edge. Sebastian Barry can WRITE. I have an old hardcover copy of the book and I love Frank McCourt's comment, which floats along the bottom of the page: "Sebastian Barry is a minstrel of a novelist. He could stand at any street corner in the English-speaking world and chant his book, and his hat would overflow in to time with dollars, punts, pounds..." Hear, hear.
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