The Temporary Gentleman
Title: The Temporary Gentleman
Author: Sebastian Barry
Documenting his military life and world travels, Irishman Jack McNulty reflects on his experiences as a World War II soldier, an engineer, and a UN observer while analyzing his tempestuous marriage to the beautiful Mai Kirwan.
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 travelas a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observerhas 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.
Award-winning author Sebastian Barry’s The Temporary Gentleman is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that brilliantly reimagine characters from Barry’s own family.