The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry audiobook

The Temporary Gentleman

By Sebastian Barry
Read by Frank Grimes

WF Howes

The McNulty Family Series: Book 3

7.35 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman,” an Irishman whose commission in the British Army in the Second World War was never made permanent. In 1957, in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write his story. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has wandered the world—as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer—following his childhood ambition to better himself. The Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of one man’s life and his last bid for freedom from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

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Summary

Summary

Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman,” an Irishman whose commission in the British Army in the Second World War was never made permanent. In 1957, in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write his story. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has wandered the world—as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer—following his childhood ambition to better himself.

The Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of one man’s life and his last bid for freedom from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the best writers in the English language…[Barry’s] soul-wrenching narratives and incantatory prose…are powerful canvases of the human spirit.” Washington Post
“Narrator Frank Grimes brings to life the engaging story of a romantic, somewhat alcoholic Irish engineer who lends his skills to the British war effort…intimacy gives listeners the sense of trailing McNulty through the painful wreckage of his life, and this, more than anything else, is Grimes’ most important accomplishment.” AudioFile
“Barry’s prose has a dreamlike quality…The raw elegance of his storytelling has its own beauty.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Scoundrelism at its best

Here is truly a testimony to the idea that no person is all bad or all good. The protagonist of this finely written story is Jack McNulty, an unpredictable scoundrel and saint, a passionate family man, and a fraud that steals money from his wife’s purse to pay off gambling debts and bar tabs, and defuses bombs during his military years. Yet, with all the dichotomies in his life, once one finds a way to crawl through the barbed wire and sewage of his life, one is left with an epiphany: he’s basically like most every other person one meets, were such persons capable of revealing themselves honestly. A rousing, but often disturbing book, the narration by Gerard Doyle does indeed help keep us balanced and wanting to know more.

Author

Author Bio: Sebastian Barry

Author Bio: Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry, named Irish fiction laureate in 2018, is a playwright and author whose novels include A Long Long Way, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, as was The Secret Scripture, which was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Irish Novel of the Year. Hisplays have been produced in London, Dublin, Sydney, and New York.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English