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by Sebastian Barry

  • Author: Sebastian Barry
  • ISBN: 0143122185
  • ISBN13: 978-0143122180
  • ePub: 1282 kb | FB2: 1936 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Pages: 272
  • Rating: 4.4/5
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For Dermot and Bernie. But books have saved me sometimes, that is the truth – my Samaritans. Cookery books when I was learning my trade, oh, years ago, though in these later years I sometimes still find myself dipping back into my tattered White House Cook Book, right enough, to remind myself of some elusive detail. There is no good cook that has not found errors even in their favourite cookbook, and marked them in the margins, like an old book maybe in the lost library of Alexandria. I will read the paper on Sunday sometimes, in a certain mood, from stem to stern. Burn through it like a growing flame.

On Canaan's Side book. Sebastian Barry is a gifted Irish storyteller. My only reservation about this novel is that there's an almost affectless quality to much of the narration. The most joyful and the most heartbreaking moments are presented with a certain detachment that keeps the reader at a distance from the events. And yet, I read from page 67 to the end all in one sitting. I tend to be a restless reader, and a book has to be a genuine jewel to hold me still for that long.

Sebastian Barry's fifth novel is a lyrical evocation of trauma and exile, bearing a seemingly endless series of potent images, writes Alex Clark. Sebastian Barry's On Canaan's Side is set partly in 1920s Chicago. Photograph: Chicago History Museum/Getty Images. In his fifth novel, Sebastian Barry takes up the story of another of the Dunnes, the family whose members have appeared in Annie Dunne and A Long, Long Way and in his play The Steward of Christendom.

On Canaan's Side is a 2011 novel written by Irish playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry

On Canaan's Side is a 2011 novel written by Irish playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry. The novel is narrated by the 89-year-old Lily Bere, the sister of Annie Dunne (2002) and Willie Dunne from A Long Long Way (2005), and the daughter of the character Thomas Dunne from The Steward of Christendom (1995), as she looks back on her life, having lived through the Irish War of Independence and escaped to Chicago with her boyfriend Tadg Bere.

About On Canaan’s Side. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of The Secret Scripture. A first-person narrative of Lilly Bere’s life, On Canaan’s Side opens as the Irish émigré mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Spanning nearly seven decades, Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary fifth novel explores memory, war, family ties, love, and loss, distilling the complexity and beauty of life into his haunting prose. About On Canaan’s Side.

Others, like the narrator of On Canaan’s Side, Sebastian Barry’s new novel, were chased out with . henchmen in hot pursuit. As the book opens, 89-year-old Lilly Bere sits at her Formica kitchen table with only her scalded teapot for company.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of The Secret Scripture.

wonderful story beautifully written On Canaan’s Side is the 7th novel by Irish author Sebastian Barry and is, deservedly, winner of the 2012 Walter Scott . Other books by Sebastian Barry at BookBrowse. Membership Advantages.

wonderful story beautifully written On Canaan’s Side is the 7th novel by Irish author Sebastian Barry and is, deservedly, winner of the 2012 Walter Scott Prize. It was also long-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Lilly Bere (whom fans of Barry’s work will recognise as the youngest daughter of Thomas Dunne from The Steward Of Christendom, sister of Willie, Maud and Annie Dunne) writes, over the seventeen days since she has buried her beloved and troubled grandson, Bill, her thoughts about her life of almost ninety years.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a mesmerizing new novel from the award-winning author of The Secret Scripture. Sebastian Barry's latest novel, Days Without End, is now available. 

A first-person narrative of Lilly Bere’s life, On Canaan’s Side opens as the eighty-five-year-old Irish émigré mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly, the daughter of a Dublin policeman, revisits her eventful past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland at the end of the First World War. She continues her tale in America, where—far from her family—she first tastes the sweetness of love and the bitterness of betrayal. Spanning nearly seven decades, Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary fifth novel explores memory, war, family ties, love, and loss, distilling the complexity and beauty of life into his haunting prose.

Slowly writer
Lilly is 89 years old . She gradually begins to record her life in an old accounting book. She tells her story as an 89 year old would tell it--in bits and pieces, not alway in order. She examines each piece, sometimes with joy other times with sadness or anger. Her life has been filled with wonderful people and also with drama, love, fear and courage. She is an unforgettable literary person but so are other characters in this book. I can see, hear, and feel all of Lilly's people. I have already ordered, "The Long Long Way". I had to restrain from ordering all of Barry's books at once. I plan to read all but will do it one at a time. No point in being in a hurry when Kindle takes a few minutes to download. It is great to want to read everything written by an author. It has been a long time since I felt this way. I read all of John O'Hara, Wallace Stegner, Richard Russo, and several others. Eventually, I was disappointed by a book---O'Hara's last books, for example.
If a writer CAN write, tell a story and feels, and understands people the books will continue to please. I am expecting a lot from Sebastian Barry.
Conjulhala
this is one of the most sensitively written books i have come across in a long time.
the life of lilly bere and her dramatic, terrifying and most defining relationship with tadg, which brings her to america....her marriage to joe and the birth of her son ed.
the wars which killed her brother willie, consumed the soul of her son ed and left a shell in its stead, which shocked a young bill her beloved grandson who sees oil fields being burnt in kuwait and people running to escape the war....are all described with a poignant intimacy because of her dear ones being invariably drawn to these circumstances.
lilly comes across as an uncomplaining person, surrounded by helpful and caring people while simultaneosly being abandoned and betrayed by the one's she loves.
she is able to cope with her tragedies because of the comfort of genuine and warm friends. they restore her faith in humanity.
its a very human story, written in the most poetic prose...not a word is jarring, not an emotion out of place, such gentleness in her pathos that lilly wins your heart before the end of the first page.
Ballalune
I read the reviews and with eager excitement I begun the book. Oh, no, I thought after the first few pages, not one of those long drawn out affairs with all that post modern writing with sentences a mile long. But, I thought, the reviews are so good, let me give it a few more pages. Well I did, and I am so happy I did. This book is a magnificent telling of a life. Yes it is written with words of magic...the images they project are so vivid you feel that you are there with Lilly, on her life's journey. Did I like this book...NO... I LOVED IT!
What more is there to say then please read this book, it deserves to be read and it deserves to become a success. My hat off to Sebastian Barry, he is an incredibly good writer and I wish him and the book success.
post_name
Read with an Irish accent, the voice of the main character comes alive and do her special qualities. As she writes from the vantage point of 87 years, we see that her life is shaped mostly by the men (husband, son, grandson and dear friends) she has loved, as well as two special women. Her relationships span much of 20th century American experience although they begin in and are always attached to Ireland. Others in her family have books devoted to them by author Sebastian Barry.
I've given copies as gifts and our book group had its most lively discussion about it - pro and con.
Welahza
The intensity of the writing is the first thing noticed about this book. This is not a fast passed plot driven novel, but rather one that requires thought. It follows the life of Lily and is epic in nature, spanning 70 years. Lilly endures much pain and loss but the overall ambiance of the novel is not dark because of the author's ability to pull the reader into the life of Lilly and gain her perspective of events. It also gives voice to some deeper life issues especially those surrounding war. Forgiveness and the importance of truth are also explored.
Dakora
Slow moving. Hard to get into, because of the way the author writes. Very sad, everyone dies. Good twist at the end of the book.
Chilele
No one yet has mentioned that the 89 year old woman narrating this story has a unique and even youthful voice, to which it takes time to acclimate.

As for the sadness, it's often just the other way around, a glowing gladness. I was in a wonderful mood when I hit the images beginning and after pp 113. This is what's written on the first part of p 119:

"We poised, three beating hearts, three souls with all their stories so far in the course of their ordinary lives, three mere pilgrims, brilliantly unknown, brilliantly anonymoous, above a Cleveland fun park, with the wonderful catastrophe of the sunlight on the river, the capricious engineering of the tracks, the sudden happiness of knowing Joe, his clever kindness to Cassie, his shoal of looks at me, I could see him, I could see him, glancing at my face, my body, wondering, wondering, his own eyes lit not only by the strange weather of that day, but something as strange within, Joe's gathered stare, like a photogragh of some old poetman, that you would see in a magazine, all balanced in for a perfect moment, the past somehow mollified, the journey so far somehow justified, Tadg's murder, my own faraway condition, fatherless and sisterless, all poised in the gentle under-singing of the wind, coming up through the filigree of the fun car, raised to heaven, almost to heaven...."

The language I hope to capture in the section is stream of consciouness but in each chapter, the language is unique. I came to love this book only at about this jucture and then all the way through. It is not a sad book only but as someone else said, Lilly's is a lyrical life, a lyrical tale.

Deep inside her story we are never far from the violence that was woven into American life.

Five stars for originality and greatness.
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