Vancouverdeb's Cross Canada Reading Journey.
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British Columbia Jade Peony by Wayson Choy, - read 2009,
Can you Hear The Nightbird Call by Anita Rau Badami read 2009
The Promise of Rain by Donna Milner Beggar's Garden by Michael Christie 2011 After River by Donna Milner 2011
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens read 2010
All That Matters by Wayson Choy - 2009
Touch By Alexi Zentner 2011 Tell it To the Trees by Anita Rau Badmi
Alberta Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell read 2010
Saskatchewan The Endless Knot by Gail Bowen Mennonites Don't Dance by Darcie Friesen Hossack 2011
Manitoba Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway read 2010
Ontario Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright read 2010 Blood Letting and other Miraculous Cures read 2010 Stories from the Vinyl Cafe Stuart Mclean Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor 2011
Quebec Still Life by Louise Penny read2010 Dead Cold by Louise Penny read 2010
The Heart Specialistby Claire Holden Rothman read 2011 Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers 2011
Lullabies for Little Criminalsby Heather O' Neill 2011
New Brunswick Mercy Among Children by David Richard Adams read 2010
Nova Scotia The Bishop's Man by Linden McIntryre read 2010
The Birth House by Ami McKay read 2010 Where White Horses Gallop by Beatrice MacNeill2011
Prince Edward Island Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Newfoundland and Labrador Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Nunavut High Latitudes by Farley Mowat
Yukon Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike by Charlotte Gray
Northwest Territories High Latitudes by Farely Mowat
I got the Still Life by Louise Penny for my Quebec book. I really enjoyed it!! I've loved mysteries by P.D James -and this book reminded me of her mysteries.
I'm beginning to read High Latitudes by Farley Mowat - which is a non - fiction book that tells of his and others experiences during a two year trip that spans the Yukon, the NWT and what is now Nunavut.
@ 11 - yes - I'm glad that I will read the Louse Penny books in order!! Thanks!
As luck would have it - I have a book out from the library - The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning. It takes place in New Brunswick. I've read that it's very depressing , so I'll try it and see if it a book I want to read.
P.D.James, a wonderful British mystery writer mixed with a bit of Agatha Christie. I am certain I will read every book by Lousie Penny. The books are in part character study, cozy mystery, and psychological mystery.
Next up is my New Brunswick book - No Mercy Among Children by David Adams Richards. It's a Giller prize winner, and while it appears to be fairly heavy going, I am already caught up into the first 30 pages.
That is my New Brunswick Book.
Off hand, there seem to be so many themes in the book - that I'm at a loss as to how to review the book.
One book that is mentioned more than once in Mercy Among Children is Tolstoy's book, False Coupon which I had never heard of before reading this book. I think I may need to read it to understand this book better. I looked it up in Wikipedia, and it summarized False Coupon as a man/ boy who modifies a coupon to falsely increase it's value, and this starts a chain of events that lead a man to murder a woman in part 1 - and in part two - this same man obtains redemption through religion.
I would see Lyle, main character in Mercy Among Children as being a kind , thoughtful person who turns the other cheek, despite being bullied and teased about his father, who is almost pathologically kind. Eventually Lyle - the main character , rebels against his father in that he becomes outwardly an angry, bullying, violent person to increase his own value in his eyes. This results in a chain of events that hurts both Lyle himself, as well as his beloved family and those who have hurt him. But Lyle at least initally loves the power that being tough and a bully brings to him. Eventually Lyle loses everything but the compassion at his core.
In that way, I can see how Lyle metaphorically falsifies - increases his value by becoming violent, but this leads to a chain of events that costs him everyone that he holds dear and compromises his values to the extent that he becomes very depressed with himself, at the verge of suicide.
Unlike The False Coupon, Lyle does not find redemption in religion per se - but more by returning to his inward loving sensitive nature. That said, like most great books , the ending is without any certainty.
It's a bit more complex than that, but it was a wonderful read.
I did have a great deal of trouble initially figuring out who was who, and had to take notes.
That's it - the screen is all over the place! :)
Also - touchstones were not working for the other work of fiction I referred to above - I'll try again.
The other book that I referred to in my above blather about the book I read is False Coupons by Leo Tolstoy.