Each week Alyce @ At Home with books talks about one of her fav reads.
This was one of the best reads of 2008, perhaps the best.
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Told in Sebastian Barry's characteristically beautiful prose, A Long Long Way evokes the camaraderie and humour of Willie and his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, but also the cruelty and sadness of war, and the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt. Tracing their experiences through the course of the war, the narrative brilliantly explores and dramatises the events of the Easter Rising within Ireland, and how such a seminal political moment came to affect those boys off fighting for the King of England on foreign fields - the paralysing doubts and divisions it caused them. (fantasticfiction)
This was a beautiful book. He writes in a lyrical way that reminds me of the WWI poets. He describes the horror, the mud, the cold, water, death, gas, the green world behind the mask. But at the same time he manages to capture the beauty, friendship and hope. The prose is wonderful, the the words just float through the pages.
It was some time ago I read it but I do remember how much I loved it, and how much I thought about the WWI poets while reading it. It's some of the most horrific poems I have read and at the same time the most beautiful. Therefore this is a book I will always remember.