495th out of 524 books — 55 voters
Originally published in 1929, Walter Edmond's first book was a stunning critical and popular success . It is the first significant fictional treatment of life on the New York State canals which had all but disappeared before Edmonds discovered and brought it back to life.
Paperback, 347 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Syracuse University Press
(first published January 1st 1938)
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I really enjoyed this book about a young man and his experiences as a canal boater on the old Erie and Black River canals. Walter Edmonds does a wonderful job evoking what it must have been like to live and work on the canals in their heyday. As a resident of the Mohawk Valley, I've often wondered what life must have been like on the canal. The present-day towns on the old Erie must have been very different then, with the canals snaking through them along routes that are today mostly paved over...more
Walter D. Edmonds has been a National Book Award winner and recipient of the Newbery Medal. He is the author of Bert Breen’s Barn, The Boyds of Black River, In the Hands of the Senecas, Mostly Canallers, Rome Haul, Time to Go House, and most recently the autobiographical Tales My Father Never Told, all available from Syracuse University Press.More about Walter D. Edmonds...