My distraction throughout the reading of Barry’s book is no reflection on it, nor its quality. The same happened when I read Graham Swift’s Walter Scott-nominated Mothering Sunday, though in reading back through a second time I was moved by its beauty. The inability to fully fall into Days Without End is about my current life … Continue reading Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’
Following is part of Mr. Barry’s reading during his event at Highland Park, IL. I had to cut it short because YouTube won’t upload such a large video (about seven minutes) from an iPhone. If I can figure it out I’ll post Part II, otherwise, here’s Part I, up ’til the point someone’s cell phone started … Continue reading Sebastian Barry Event: May 12, 2014
If I’m too busy to report on a Sebastian Barry event I am very busy, indeed. I have seven minutes’ worth of his reading but was too transfixed to take even one photo. You heard me correctly and I’m equally boggled. Fortunately, I had with me a friend since my college years and she … Continue reading Sebastian Barry event – Highland Park Public Library
There’s a line in The Temporary Gentleman, near the end of the book, that slapped me right across the face. It was electric, a lightning bolt out of the clear blue sky. Sitting outside on my patio, enjoying the surprisingly warm and pleasant day, it nearly tossed me out of my chair from the force … Continue reading The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
Bringing this over from Bluestalking at its Typepad location, replaying it due to the impending St. Patrick’s Day holiday. I have at least one other interview with a genuine Irish writer. You may bet your shamrock I’ll repeat it here by or before Monday. This interview was a highlight of my life, not just my … Continue reading Interview with author Sebastian Barry (Instant Replay)
You grew up in such a rich storytelling environment, learning more than most about your family’s history – especially contrasting here in the States, where we’re more “mixed breeds,” often without any clear ethnic heritage at all. Do you believe you would have chosen writing as your vocation if you’d grown up without such moving … Continue reading Interview: Sebastian Barry
h, how my heart does soar when he's honored. It's had the opportunity twice in as many weeks, too. First, the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for his most recent novel 'On Canaan's Side,' and now an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the National University of Ireland at Galway "for his unmatched … Continue reading Sebastian Barry! Another award!
I released my first Joyce post prematurely. I meant to hit "DRAFT" and hit "PUBLISH," instead. So, if you've read it already please try to erase it from your mind so it seems original when you see it again on the eve of Bloomsday. Is my face ever red. [Answer: yes. Usually. I'm Northern European … Continue reading Bloody Hell. Sorry about that. And Joyce. And Sebastian Barry.
It had to happen eventually. Though I was determined to read it slowly, once I hit the last quarter there was no putting it down. A Long Long Way is slowly paced. Not as in oh my God when will this thing get going, as I found opined on another blog written by a … Continue reading Review: A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
Yessssssss……!!! Our wish has been granted; Julian Barnes has won the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending! I think our combined Karmic energy tipped the balance. Now. Let’s work on YOU. All best, much love, Bluestalking And, with that, a very good night. Am positively exhausted from two days of Illinois Library … Continue reading Dear Sebastian Barry…