The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
What’s it about?
Jack McNulty is an Irishman who served for the British in World War II. He finds himself in Ghana at the end of his life and decides to write down his story. He is determined to look back over his life, especially his relationship with Mai (his wife), and come to terms with his choices.
What did it make me think about?
It made me think of how often alcohol and regret are found together.
Should I read it?
I think Sebastian Barry may be one of the most gifted writers alive today. His novels are pure poetry. I would read anything he wrote.
“My heart though, my heart is broken. I know it is. For Nearly four years I have laboured through life with this broken heart, but it gets worse and worse, like an engine with a neglected fault that weakens all the other parts. Now I must try to mend it, I must. I must go back over everything and find the places where it broke and ask the god of good things to mend me, if that is possible.
What caused the relationship between Jack and Mai to deteriorate?
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!