The Temporary Gentleman

The Temporary Gentleman

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"In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman"--an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel--as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer--has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, ♭2014
ISBN: 9780670025879
Branch Call Number: BARRY
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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Aug 06, 2017

An Irish man looks back on his life from colonial Africa, particularly on his marriage. The parallels between his marriage and that of Tom are interesting (both must come back from death to be forgiven), and the story is ultimately a love story. Another tile in the mosaic of Barry's family.

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