New York. 1998. Viking Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 30. 320 pages. hardcover. Signed by The Author. 0670878286. keywords: July 5. inventory # 25874. FROM THE PUBLISHER - For Eneas McNulty, a happy, innocent childhood in County Sligo in the early 1900s gives way to an Ireland wracked by violence and conflict. Unable to find work in the depressed times after World War I, Eneas joins the British-led police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary - a decision that alters the course of his life. Branded a traitor by Irish nationalists and pursued by IRA hitmen, Eneas is forced to flee his homeland, his family, and Viv, the woman he loves. His wandering terminates on the Isle of Dogs, a haven for sailors, where a lifetime of loss is redeemed by a final act of generosity. THE WHEREABOUTS OF ENEAS MCNULTY is the story of a lost man and a compelling saga that illuminates Ireland's complex history. Bookseller Inventory # 25874
Synopsis: Recently lionized for his play The Steward of Christendom, Sebastian Barry was hailed by The New York Times for his "rare mark of theatrical greatness." The New Yorker called the play "a majestic work." Now, with this astounding first novel, he enters the territory of Frank McCourt and James Joyce. When Barry's hero, the romantic innocent Eneas McNulty, signs up to fight with the British in World War I. An Ireland wracked by the Troubles blacklists him as a traitor--and it is his childhood friend, Jonno, who has been ordered to assassinate him. He is pursued by IRA hit men across a lifetime, to Texas, Nigeria, Omaha Beach, and the remote Isle of Man. A modern-day Aeneas, he is a classical hero disguised beneath an ordinary, tragicomic life. His wanderings embody both the strife and glory of Ireland's history, in a book that, as the Irish Times wrote of his famous play, is "wonderful...lyrical and profound, extremely funny, extraordinarily observant...hauntingly sad."
Review: These days, Frank McCourt would seem to have cornered the market on lyrical depictions of Celtic poverty. But never fear, Sebastian Barry--the brilliant Irish playwright, poet, and prose-wrangler--is here. His new novel, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty recounts the odyssey of a small-town innocent, who grows up in circumstances more bucolic, but no less threadbare, than McCourt's. It's clear from the very first paragraph, however, that Barry means to take a wide-angle view of his Irish urchin: "In the middle of the lonesome town, at the back of John Street, in the third house from the end, there is a little room. For this small bracket in the long paragraph of the street's history, it belongs to Eneas McNulty. All about him the century has just begun, a century some of which he will endure, but none of which will belong to him."
Having handily survived his Sligo childhood, Eneas joins the British Army in time for World War I--and upon his return home, finds himself shunned as a collaborator. Tarred with this very Britannic brush, he goes one better and enlists in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Alas, this move only cements his fate as a marked man, and his father is soon issued a warning: "Let your son keep out of Sligo if he wants to keep his ability to walk." With a price on his head, Eneas commences a life of wandering, from Mexico to Africa to Nigeria (which the moonlight, he notices, "brings closer to Ireland.") From time to time he sneaks back to Sligo and is promptly expelled.
In another author's hands, this epic of dislocation could well be a bitter one. Yet the stoical and simple-minded Eneas is surprisingly free of anguish, and even his constant fear "has become something else, could he dare call it strength, a privacy anyhow." And the reader, at least, has the delightful distraction of Barry's prose, in which the occasional Joycean notes are entirely subsumed by the author's own colloquial brilliance. In the end, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is less a novel than an exhibition of bardic fireworks--a latter-day Aeniad that's actually worthy of the name. --James Marcus
Title: The Whereabouts Of Eneas McNulty
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Viking Adult, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First American Edition, first printing. Covers clean and crisp. Pages clean and bright with tight binding. Nice dust jacket with mild wear. Bookseller Inventory # 1707180202
Book Description Viking Adult, 1998. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2784367144
Book Description Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. shelfwear along boards, rubbing along edges of dustcover; mylar protected. Bookseller Inventory # 59002
Book Description Viking Adult, US, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0670878286 Very good in very good dust jacket. First American edition * Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Bookseller Inventory # LOWER12KR773
Book Description Viking, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 38212
Book Description Viking/Penguin, New York, 1998. 1st US edition, 1st printing.. 5-3/4 x 8-3/4, 308 pp Fine unmarked, in Fine unclipped jacket. Hardcover in black/green boards, in color photo jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 27627
Book Description Viking, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. 1st US edition; excellent copy in mylar-protected dj. Bookseller Inventory # 000025
Book Description New York: Viking, 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Near fine copy of this advance reading copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000427
Book Description Viking, NY, 1998. Hardcovers. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. First US edition, first prnt. Backstrip ends lightly pushed. Near Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 215114w
Book Description Viking, 1998, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 1st U.S. edition NF/F (signed by the author; book reviews laid in). Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2187