The Canal Bridge

The Canal Bridge

A Novel Ireland, Love, and the First World War

Book - 2014
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After suffering the horrors of World War I, two friends return to a changed Ireland, as the effects of the war make them violent participants in the Irish struggle for freedom from Britain.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2014
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9781628723144
Branch Call Number: PHELAN
Characteristics: viii, 278 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 02, 2018

Is there any book about Ireland that doesn't make your heart break into wee bits? And yet you keep on reading because you have fallen in love with the people and the land with all the tragedies because the laughs are so great? The description of the trenches in WW1 was more than I could bear but the rest of the book was such an intimate tale of 3 lives and those who loved them I couldn't put it down.

Fantastic story; superbly written. If you like the genre of WW1 books, then you'll love this story. What a fabulous writer. Highly recommended!

beebee40 Jul 20, 2014

The author's use of chapters that have each character "speak" provides the reader with very different perspective of an event or subject; a creative tool.

Until the last third of the book I found the novel almost profound in describing the horror of The Great War.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, Mr. Phelan wrote with much repetition of previous parts of the novel to the point that the writing fell into cliches.

The story was "overdone" and I finished reading disappointed.

Jun 22, 2014

This book starts out sweetly with children calling across the canal and singing canal songs. Then the grown children are confronted with WWI and it is realistic and horrifying. Then there is postwar PTSD and healing.


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