Good Books On Canaan's Side the best work Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan s Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Sligo, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with hope and danger.. Bestseller Ebook On Canaan's Side Though this is only my second Sebastian Barry novel I feel I can recognize his voice now. First one I read of him it wasThe secret scripture and, as I found out later, it was part of a cycleMcNulty Family. This one in turn with other titles creates Dunne Family.Both novels being different are alike or perhaps it was the other way round. Maybe I’ll find accurate words to reviewThe secret scripture yet but now I focus on On Canaan’s Side. Lilly Dunne, well, let’s be exact, Lilly Dunne Kinderman Bere is eighty nine when she starts her account and just buried her grandson, Bill. Every chapter, that starts with subtitlefirst day without Bill, then second, third and so on to the very end titled night, is a record of a long life against the vast backround of turbulent times. The most important moments of Lilly's life are also key moments in history.Lilly lived long enough to experience forced escape from native Ireland to America, on Cannan’s side, though it didn’t save her and her husband. The narrative shifts back and forth so we could see her life in Dublin, in reminiscences we can see all the boys that perished in the Great War along with her brother Will Dunne, we can see Lilly married and then, in rather advanced age of forty something, abandoned with the new born baby, we can see Vietnamese war and living hell that destroyed peace of her son, we can see Lilly mothering beloved grandson to finally witness his participation in the war on the desert and its disastrous aftermath.Lilly’s voice is like distant echo of previous years. Half nostalgic, half mourning. For the life one had and lost. For the life one could have had if only history didin’t hunt us down. And now for Bill.I am an interloper at the feast of life, I am eating food and drinking drink meant for him as she states.Lilly is fragile, old woman in the latter part of her life but yet once she had to be strong to outlive the whole twentieth century and its atrocities. We can admire her steadfastness and almost superhuman strength so doesn’t suprise us at all that men here are shown as weaker sex. For they are weaker almost in every way: physically, socially and emotionally. I thought it was very moving and heart-wrenching story but it felt at times too fragmentary. Though Lilly’s voice is clear and strong the other voices seem a bit muffled if not barely audible. I think I would make do without some threads while others I would love to see more developed. Mister Nolan and his history is one of them for sure. Some explanations feel a bit unfinished though it rests on reader's sensitivity and perceptiveness to fill in the blanks. In a way I think Barry writes over and over the same theme and probably the other tomes of the cycle would deepen and broaden our perspective and understanding.