The Temporary Gentleman is an eloquent sequel to Sebastian Barry’s third novel, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty. Set in the mid-1900s, The Temporary Gentleman tells the story of the tempestuous love affair between Irishman Jack McNulty and the woman who stole his heart, Mai Kirwan. As the novel unfolds, Jack remembers his life – his battle with alcoholism, his struggle to keep his family stable and insight into the average Irishman’s state of mind during WWII. The novel lacks tension, however, and uses unfamiliar language and punctuation.
“When I washed up on the Gold Coast during the Togo plebiscite, it wasn’t that I lacked a moral view of things, I lacked a view, like a hotel-room window facing a high, blank wall.”
Though the story may not be what the modern fiction aficionados look forward to, The Temporary Gentleman definitely delivers for those who love emotional prose. As this highly acclaimed author relishes the romance and savors the peculiar, readers will find the novel an unusual and delightful diversion from run-of-the-mill fiction.
Reviewed by Sheli Ellsworth
[amazon text=Buy On Amazon&asin=0670025879][amazon text=Buy On Amazon&template=carousel&asin=0670025879]
Santa Montefiore’s The Daughters of Ireland is a gorgeous, sweepingly romantic tale of love and loss. Following The Girl in the Castle, this is Montefiore’s second book featuring the Deverill family. Set in the 1920s, Montefiore tells the [...]
The Baker’s Secret focuses on the small French coastal town of Vergers. World War II submerges the town with German soldiers and Jewish persecution. Emma apprenticed with the town’s master baker until she was hauled off to a prison camp. Emma is [...]
Vera St. John’s life has always been at least partially defined by the looming shadow of her mother, Mary. A troubled woman with an infamous past, Vera loved and feared her mother in equal parts. After she is removed from her mother’s care, Vera [...]