Some books are really hard to "get into."
Many books are frustrating for the simple reason that they are not well written, or have some obscure plot-line. But then there are those books that require your complete attention because what is about to unfold is a glorious experience.
I really loved Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry so I was hoping for more of the same when I started Days Without End. Silly me. They're as different as chalk and cheese, but the words he chooses .... bliss! My senses were reminded of the similar, sensously delicious experience that one gets from dipping 70% dark chocolate in hot tea and then sucking the rich gooey confectionary before it disappears into the teacup.
As the story unfolds in Days Without End, Barry masterfully intorduces us to unexpected scenarios and demands that we reconsider long held beliefs because life just ain't that simple! He has captured the tone of 19th century America with all its conflicts, both National and individual.
Towards the end of the book I found myself rationing the pages because in all honesty I didn't want to get to the end. I wanted to feast on the word-fests that he has crafted for we readers.
For me it was a real eye-opener and a literary delight. Thanks Sebastian, great job!