Normal view MARC view ISBD view

On Canaan's side : a novel / by Sebastian Barry.

By: Barry, Sebastian, 1955- [author.].
Publisher: London, [England] : Faber, 2011Description: 256 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780571273638 (pbk); 0571273637 (pbk); 9780571226535; 0571226531.Subject(s): Irish -- United States -- Fiction | Irish American women -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Psychological fiction. | Bildungsromans.DDC classification: 823.914
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Collection Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Fiction Stratford
Fiction BAR (Browse shelf) 1 Available A00644374
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel, spanning one woman Lilly Bere's lifetime, lived between Ireland and America.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

The follow-up to Barry's extraordinary The Secret Scripture, this novel is the lyrical first-person account of Lilly Bere's extraordinary life. A Wicklow girl prodded through life by a series of tragedies, Lilly relates her story at the end of her days from the relative comfort of a seaside cottage in the Hamptons. Her many escapes from harm and even death are counterbalanced by the almost epic grandeur of the love she has shared throughout her existence. Barry suggests that even the perpetual grind of violence and war cannot unsettle Lilly's love, though the tragic passing of her beloved grandson, Bill, upends her equilibrium. Verdict Barry's prose is characteristically musical throughout and sometimes seems at odds with the dissonant events and discoveries that subtly drone throughout Lilly's story. Still, this novel masterfully treats great human subjects, identity, love, war, and death among them. Barry brilliantly conveys how Lilly endures because of her love for others and how inevitable her own end must be when those she loves have passed away. Readers of Roddy Doyle's The Last Roundup trilogy will savor On Canaan's Side. [See Prepub Alert, 3/23/11.]-John G. Matthews, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Comment by

My heart went out to this woman, who'd been through so much and lost so much in her 89 years. It's a sad story but is compelling and the mysteries enticing. Marvelous writing.

Log in to your account to post a comment.

©South Taranaki District Council

Contact us