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Arrwa's Literary Cross-Canada Read

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Editado: Jun 19, 2012, 1:26pm

Okey Dokey... Now I feel committed.

I am very proud to be the first generation Canadian in my family. My folks hail from the United States, as do their parents. And i'm also very proud to be born and raised in the beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I would say this list will take me almost all of the 2011 as i'm not a particularly fast reader, and new to being an "avid reader". But I love it!

The List:

Newfoundland and Labrador - What They Wanted by Donna Morrissey - Finished Feb 2011

Nova Scotia -

New Brunswick -

P.E.I -

Ontario -

Quebec - Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel - Finished Aprilish 2012

Manitoba -

Saskatchewan -

Alberta - Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King - to read

British Columbia - The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant - Finished July 2011

Yukon -


Nunavut -

Feb 4, 2011, 11:18am

Welcome! We have all types of people around here. Canadians, new and old plus people from other countries so you should fit right in.

I love hanging around here and seeing what others are reading. I am second generation Canadian myself so it's neat to see how I see a particular book compared to someone else with a different background.

Feb 4, 2011, 11:58pm

Welcome to the challenge Arrwa! I look forward to hearing about the books you choose!

I also see you added The Cloud Atlas recently, you will have to let me know what you think of it! :)

Feb 25, 2011, 2:14pm

What They Wanted by Donna Morrissey was fantastic. It is set between Newfoundland and Alberta, however, the perspective is through the eyes of a Newfoundlander so i've kept it only in the Newfoundland category.

I'm really going to try hard to not spoil anything in this review:

The book is told through the main character Sylvie, who was the fourth born, raised by her Gran. She left Newfoundland to seek her independence and has now returned because her father has suffered a heart-attack.

Issues about young people leaving Newfoundland were always prevalent during my childhood and I think that due to my experiences growing up in that culture the book was entirely gripping. Donna Morrissey choose language that made me want to read most of the book out-loud. She captured the rhythem of the Newfoundland accent, yet pulling back during narration.

I really don't want to talk about what happens because you must experience it for yourselves.

To be critical I found that the ending a little disappointing while reading, but upon reflection it ended like it should have. In very realistic tones.

Abr 8, 2011, 1:14am

Great review Arrwa! How goes your reading this year?

Abr 15, 2011, 2:07pm

Thanks Bcteagirl. I've been reading but not can lit as of late. I find I need to switch back and forth between types of books. Kind of a palette cleansing perhaps. I just finished The Great Gatsby, and now i'm on Sherlock Holmes, but then I'll head back to Canada most likely with The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant.

Jun 10, 2011, 10:49pm

And as promised, i'm now on to the The Golden Spruce.

Jun 11, 2011, 4:18pm

I'll be interested in hearing what you think of The Golden Spruce. I just finished reading The Tiger by the same author and I thought it was very well written.

Jun 19, 2011, 4:08pm

I will actually be reading The Golden Spruce for a bookclub this month, so will also be interested in hearing what you think of it :)

Jul 4, 2011, 1:07pm

Finished The Golden Spruce. I thought it was great. I hope you enjoy it too Bcteagirl. Here is my review:

This book was about much more than a man and a tree. You learn of the logging history in B.C., you learn about the history and culture of the Haida. This book illustrates how one tree represents a story that is symbolic to a culture who's roots extend to the first peoples being on at that land, yet is also preserved and revered by the very men who cut down trees for a living. This one tree tying two very different communities together. But then, to one man the tree represents a mask. One man who's life was spent as an outsider, one man who was so comfortable in the woods, so attune to its nuances saw this tree as a blind for all the destruction going on beyond this preserved groove. This book will constantly change your alliance, and make you think about all sides of this complicated narrative. A must read.

Ago 6, 2011, 9:20pm

Great review!! I enjoyed the book as well, although it took me a bit longer to gather my thoughts together into a review. Wups :P

Ago 9, 2011, 12:47am

I just saw your review today. I'm glad that you liked it too. I will have to get around to reading his new book Tiger. I've fallen behind on my Canadian content. I got one of the Early reviewer books. I think I might try Sailor on Snowshoes for my Yukon book.

Ago 9, 2011, 12:08pm

I have read John Vaillant's second book about the Tiger attack The Tiger A true story of vengeance and survival. I did not think it was as good as The Golden Spruce and you need to wade through some pretty graphic descriptions. It was still a good book but I think 100 pages could have been taken out of it and you would not have missed any of the story.

Ago 16, 2011, 9:49pm

Thanks for the review of The Golden Spruce. I'll have to add that to my wishlist.

Ago 23, 2011, 6:04pm

13: Thanks for the heads up about Tiger. That is the same sort of situation that would bug me as well.

Jun 19, 2012, 1:31pm

I'm glad to see this group is still here even though I havn't been since August last year! I guess I just got side-tracked on other books. I managed to finish my Thesis and as a grad gift I bought myself a Kobo. I love it. The first book I read was Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel as it was recommended by several people in this group.

What a wonderful novel. Even though I would say it mostly took place in the US, i'm counting it for this challenge (otherwise I'd never get through!!).