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A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
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Mar 27, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** 3.5 stars

I loved this story at first. It is beautifully written and Willie Dunne is a likable character. Also, I really liked the premise: an Irishman goes to war for Britain only to have his own country become a war zone while he's in Flanders protecting the empire. I anticipated a great moral dilemma for Willie.

However, about halfway through I became worn out with the horrors of WWI. I wanted something more to happen to move the plot forward other than Willie's comrades being blown to bits. I kept hoping he'd go home and we'd get to see how Ireland on the brink of independence from Britain treated her sons who had fought for Britain. That this did not happen disappointed me.

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