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Book Review: On Canaan’s Side, by Sebastian Barry

Rating: Hot Princess

Book Review: On Canaan’s Side, by Sebastian Barry

I have to say, when I first saw this book (I was given it as a gift by a friend), I looked at the cover and thought, Oh crap. This is going to suck. Without repeating tired book cover clichés, I was wrong. On Canaan’s Side, by Sebastian Barry is an absolutely gorgeous book. The prose are beautiful, fluid and visual. Barry absolutely makes language stand up and march about, and he compels it to do his will with a facility that approaches greatness. It might even be great, although 1) I’m not sure I’m qualified to determine such things, and 2) the story itself was a bit of a downer, so I think I may have lost some love on that count. But downer or not, this is what good writing looks like, and I always enjoy watching someone at work who has such a wonderful command of language. Continue reading Book Review: On Canaan’s Side, by Sebastian Barry