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When a trip to a warlord's camp in Uganda goes awry and Daniel's companions end up dead, he has his first serious moment of reckoning with his lack of faith, his steely approach to life, and his cool dispatch of the people around him. And as he falls in love with Julia Cadell, an idealistic doctor, he begins to see the world anew. The two run off together to a canal house in the middle of London, where they find a refuge from their perilous lives.
But they can't ignore the real world forever and are soon persuaded to travel to East Timor, where the entire nation has become a war zone. As the militia prepares to sacrifice the lives of hundreds of refugees, Daniel must decide whether to get the story of a lifetime or to see beyond the headlines to the people whose lives are in the balance.
THE CANAL HOUSE is a stunningly written novel about friends-and lovers-struggling to find meaning in a chaotic world.
Posted July 2, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.