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Canal House

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Totally Amazing!!

    This book took my breath away more than once. The feelings of love and selflessness vibrate from the pages of this book. It brought out emotions of angry during some parts and in others left me in awe of its characters. This book will remain one of my favorites for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    A Modern Farewell To Arms

    Mark Lee has written an exceptionally involving novel that manages to be both fast-paced and accessible while telling subtle, multilayered, interlinked stories of developing friendship, love, tragedy and the reawakening of human commitment. Confided to us in alternating sections by a male American war photographer and by a female English doctor who both have a fatal attraction for working in the World¿s war zones, the novel vividly involves us in the lives of bush pilots, peace-keeping troops, American hostages, charity workers, fund-raiser party-planners, news magazine editors, child soldiers, the super-rich, and the wounded, starving poor, and more, while traveling through the Italian and British haunts of war correspondents, the refugee camps and combat zones of East Africa and Indonesia, and the offices and hunting grounds of the wealthy who patronize refugee charities. Both in his simple but evocative language and in his rare ability to convincingly set a story of love and loss against the keenly observed ironies, horrors, fascinations, and tragedies of war, Lee reminds me of Hemingway at his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    Not to be missed

    This is a rare book. It's beautifully written and compelling reading. I couldn't put it down and I learned what war correspondents really do and how they live. Do yourself a favor, buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Life Interrupter

    Every once in a while there is a book that I want to put in everyone's hand. In the bookstore I want to point it out to the browsers. In the library I want to put it on the shelf named 'Good Books You Might Have Missed'. The Canal House is just such a book. It has adventure. It has love. It has friendship. It has betrayal. It has compassion. And it is beautifully written. So well written that there are times I found myself falling into the pages. And if you think this one is a good read, you should also check out Mr. Lee's first story, The Lost Tribes.

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