Sebastian Barry

On Canaan’s Side


I knew that this is an unusually talented writer as early as page 27.

I am reading a new book that I bought on a whim, written by an author I did not know before I began turning the pages of this impulsive buy. I am now being hugely rewarded for my impulsiveness because what I am reading is the work of a future Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, probably one who shall be considered to be a King amongst his peers.

I have never come across such consistently poetic prose before, combined with so much guidance towards what the final destination of our life should be: The discovery of our humanity.

Sebastian Barry is not only an unusually gifted writer; he is also a modern philosopher worthy of the title, though I do not get the impression that he lays any claim to such a designation. A philosopher in the sense that Kazantzakis was a philosopher, meaning a philosopher of the people speaking a language that anyone who loves literature can easily comprehend and can associate with and be guided by. There is nothing complicated in his philosophy like in Nietzsche’s work, or problematically derived at or sourced from like Schopenhauer’s. It is poetry in humanity.

Nothing and no one can convince me that Sebastian Barry is not a good human being. No one can write what he writes so consistently and be a bad person. So what you have here is an extremely talented writer of poetic prose who is also a teacher, who teaches a philosophy which should be the guiding light of all human beings, leading to the very reason of our existence; Our humanity.

The plot in the story “On Canaan’s Side” is not really important, though no doubt the author will not thank me for such presumption. It is the way it is written and the message it projects that are important.

And I am only on page 126.



Dimitris Mita

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Christopher Price 4 years ago from Vermont, USA

Dimitri-

How typical, that you should interrupt your self-imposed sabbatical to praise the work of another author and share the pleasure you have discovered so serendipitously.

Thank you my friend.

CP


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I feel certain that you will get a lot from this book by this excellent writer. It was good of you to bring him to our attention. I shall have to watch out for some of his works. He seems to be not afraid to tackle comtroversial subjects. I like that.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Oh, Dimitris! What a fetching book review - but so much more! You've given me a glimpse of this author I'd not met before from your keen & astute perspective and I feel akin to him! Thank you, dear heart!!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

ps - I just looked it up and am surely going to order "On Canaan's Side"!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Brother Christopher, I am truly envious of this man, as he so eloquently expresses the ideas I wish I could express myself, only I do not have either his talent or his genius.

Many thanks for passing by and I wish you all that is good. From the bottom of my heart. ;-)


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Brother Christopher 2 (Ranton) ;-)))

So good to see you again. Yes, I am getting a lot out of this author. Remember his name. I shall be very surprised if he does not become a Nobel Laureate …


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

My sweet Nellieanna, I think that you are one of those people who will appreciate this man’s poetic prose as well as his philosophy. If you do manage to read his work, please let me know what you think. Kiss you my love… ;-)


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Dimi, Oh, dear, now I want to read this book and I have a stack of books to read! Read the reviews and took a peek at the first chapter and the writing style is wonderful.


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Marie, the plot is not important and the author gets into his stride a few pages into the book. Set aside everything else and read this. It is an absolute gem. This author is so superior to Hemingway, they will just HAVE to give him the Nobel... ;-)


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Okay, will order the book!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Dimitris -I will, but forgive me for delay in getting on with it. I'm immersed in an important Hub series titled "The Journey - A Look At Aging". Of course, I was the logical choice to kick it off with the first of 16 chapters - due to my age seniority! I've also contributed some techie support to the project. I know how busy you are, but still hope you'll have a peek! There's excellent writing and thinking in the chapters so far published , now 7 of the total 16 that will be.


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

I shall be right over to read, my Sweet Girl ;-)


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

Hmm sounds like you found a pearl here! Makes me want to check out his works.

Thanks for sharing and pointing us to a new find!


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De Greek 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Jill. I hope that you will enjoy the book as much as I have ;-)

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