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If you could sum up Heaven’s Ditch in three words, what would they be?
Religion, Politics, Violence.
What did you like best about this story?
The intertwining of the chapters between the canal's life and the American life during the first decades of the 1800's.
What about Andrew Reilly’s performance did you like?
He was very clear and his voice was pleasant to listen to.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
God, Gold And Murder - just as Mr. Kelly has subtitled the book.
Any additional comments?
This was such a good, interesting book! It wove the early commercial, spiritual, and political happenings of the time into a very compelling story. That so many characters in American history bumped shoulders in the corridor of the Erie Canal and that what happened in roughly fifty years still affects us.
The beginnings of both the Mormon and Seventh Day Adventist Churches, of the abolitionist fervor that resulted in the founding of Oberlin College and the start of a political party that would eventually becoming the Republican party of Lincoln all took place or were influenced by this era. I will not spoil it, but the wife of a missing man from the early section of the book reappears later as an intimate of another major character - a twist not unlike that of a novel but one of complete truth. Jack Kelly shows in this book that history is always with us.
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