This has been on my reading list for yonks. I can’t remember where I read the rave reviews – one of the Guardian’s “Books of the Year” or “Summer/Winter Reading Recommendations” possibly.
I found it hard going. A great story – two young Irish men, boys really when they arrive as immigrants fleeing famine. Travelling West, and still pre-teen, they meet and find work as saloon bar entertainers. In time they become soldiers, first in the Indian Wars and later in the Civil War.
So why hard going? The oral history style. Once I’d got used to it, and was caught up in the stories, I was OK. But it didn’t work as a “one chapter before bed” type of read.
Publisher page: Days Without End – Sebastian Barry