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On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
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Dec 09, 2011

it was amazing
Read from December 26 to 27, 2011

Lily Bere is an extraordinary woman, and Barry writes her as a beloved family friend. There are too few novels that touch on the women who send their fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, grandsons to war. Barry brilliantly lets Lily reflect on how the external world feels in a woman's heart, in the restless country of a life. Pluck any sentence from this book, and it will vibrate with its neighbors in the paragraph like a 12 string guitar in the hands of a gifted musician. Barry's use of twained adverbs at the close of a powerful sentence lets the emotion conveyed resonate in your thinking/feeling center. I admire writers who can portray bounders and cads as flawed human beings; Barry's gift is inspirational to the rapt reader. I want to be a better human thereby. And I want to read more writing by Sebastian Barry.
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