The Canal House

The Canal House

by Mark Lee

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Photojournalist Nicky Bettencourt thinks he's seen everything until he teams up with the legendary war correspondent Daniel McFarland. To Daniel, the story is everything; people come later. But after a plane crash nearly takes his life, Daniel begins to see the world in a different way. He falls in love with Julia Cadell, an idealistic British doctor, and together they find refuge at an old canal house in the center of London. Soon after, Nicky, Daniel, and Julia are called to East Timor, where the government has fled and the entire country is a war zone, and 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.

Fast-paced and gorgeously written, The Canal House is a gripping novel of love, faith, and friendship set in the dangerous world of international wartime journalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156029544
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/05/2004
Series: Harvest Book Ser.
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

MARK LEE has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the London Telegraph. A vice president of PEN Center USA, Lee is a foreign correspondent for various publications, including the Atlantic Monthly and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Southern California.

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Canal House 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jacketscoversread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Canal House by Mark Lee intrigued me. Lately, I¿ve been on a bit of a journalism kick, for example, Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward.I really liked how this book shifted from the point of view of Nicky, the photojournalist, to Julia, the doctor. ¿But everything was simpler there [at the refugee camp]: you never thought about how you looked and what you should wear, you never had to deal with rush hour and over drafts at your bank, there were no hospital administrators criticizing how much time you spent with a patient. There were so many ambiguities back home, so many compromises. Life was difficult at a refugee camp, but easier too.¿ {pg. 60}The beginning of this book and the end of this book kept me wanting more. It was the middle I had to trudge through. It was like Lee didn¿t know how to move his characters from Africa to Indonesia.It was like time had stop and he was trying to shove as much character information down his readers¿ throats before he continued. ¿When everything is falling apart, look for the man wearing a clean shirt. A clean shirt means he¿s either disciplined or resourceful.¿ {pg. 264}It was good, not quite amazing. But still I liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.