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A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
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Feb 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 20th-c-fiction

Well, this is rather yucky, but I'll be honest: this is the only book I have ever read where, upon conclusion, I was sick. I finished it on a break at work, rocked back and forth in tears, went back to work, promptly turned back around to the bathroom, quietly cried and threw up, went back to work very subdued, then headed home and stared out the window in utter exhaustion.

That might not seem an enthusiastic recommendation, but really, it should be. This book was pretty shattering, pretty beautiful, pretty ... I don't know, would old C.S. say Tao or Beneficial? Something in the way Barry uses words, the way he sees every person, be they good or bad, with this graceful, almost tormenting empathy ... well, after he creates that pity and then the universe comes in and smashes up against everything, you kinda want to throw up. Still, I think this is one of the best books I've ever read. You should read it too - and hey, at least now you've been forewarned.
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Cuilin Love your honesty, this book also broke my heart.

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