The Temporary Gentleman : McNulty Family

  • by Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by Frank Grimes
  • Series: McNulty Family
  • 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never made permanent. In 1957, in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write his story. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has wandered the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - following his childhood ambition to better himself.


What the Critics Say

"Fascinating and Moving, [it] shows Sebastian Barry to be one of our finest novelists – daring, accommodating and humane" (John Banville)


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Customer Reviews

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Poetic and melancholy

I have heard that this author is known for his dense literary style of writing and this is certainly a true example. I get the sense that every sentence has been worked on over and over again until it is honed to perfection. By and large this works as a masterwork but I did think the result was a little too self conscious to draw me into the story. This is probably fortunate as this is a grim tale of lives destroyed by alcoholism and gambling and a woman's descent into misery and self destruction.

I have heard Sebastian Barry's books are very good so I am a little sorry I started with this one. Overall this was not for me but I can understand why he is so widely admired.
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- Kaggy

Beautiful prose wonderfully narrated

Would you consider the audio edition of The Temporary Gentleman to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but audio is so good I would heartily recommend

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Temporary Gentleman?

When he meets May first.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When he meets May's family

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


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- Sennichi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks