Arrwa's Literary Cross-Canada Read
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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!
Newfoundland and Labrador - What They Wanted by Donna Morrissey - Finished Feb 2011
Nova Scotia -
New Brunswick -
Quebec - Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel - Finished Aprilish 2012
Alberta - Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King - to read
British Columbia - The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant - Finished July 2011
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.
I also see you added The Cloud Atlas recently, you will have to let me know what you think of it! :)
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.
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.
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!!).