Louanne's Cross Canada Adventures
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READ The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
TBR Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
NEW BRUNSWICK ???
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ???
READ Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
READ The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
READ The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
READ The Landing by John Ibbitson
READ The High Road by Terry Fallis
TBR Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
TBR Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright
TBR Children of the Day by Sandra Birdsell
TBR Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
TBR The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe ???
TBR Waiting For Joe by Sandra Birdsell
READ Mrs Mike by Benedict Freedman
TBR: The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe ???
READ The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby
TBR The Jade Peony
TBR After River
N.W. TERRITORIES ???
Mrs Mike by Benedict Freedman. For Alberta
I LOVED this novel! This is the coming of age story of a young woman from Boston who moves to Northern Alberta in the 1900s and marries a Mountie. I experienced a range of emotions during this book. I was in awe of the majesty and beauty of the Far North, and horrified at the ferocity and harsh nature of that same Northern climate. I was amazed at the strength and pioneering spirit of the people. I was enthralled at the details of the lives of the women, particularly the Native women of that region. I was also sad. Sad when the novel ended. But then most overjoyed to learn that a sequel exists.
This book came out in the 1940s, and I am so happy to have finally read it! It reminded me of Little House on the Prairie, Late Nights on Air, and Susanna Moodie's Roughing it in the Bush all rolled in to one!
I've also picked up Farley Mowat's Lost in the Barrens to read at a later date.
Have you read the other Mrs Mike novels as well?
It seems funny to me that I generally read a good bit of Canadian material, either by Canadian authors, or at least set in Canada. The moment I decided to do this challenge.....I'm reading Brits, Americans, etc etc. According to LT, the author(s) of Mrs Mike are NOT Canadian though.
My fave Canadian authors read in 2009:
Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
Deafening by Frances Itani
Also liked in 2009:
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
Still Life by Louise Penny
Read prior to 2009, and wonderful:
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (U.S. title: Someone knows my name)
The Birth House by Ami McKay
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
Lives of the Saints trilogy by Nino Ricci
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Everything by Robertson Davies
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
I started reading this and although I was loving it, I had to set it aside due to lack of time. I plan to pick it up again very soon....
The Landing by John Ibbitson. For Ontario
Winner - Governor General's Literary Awards- Children's Lit
This was a short little YA book about a teen who feels trapped by circumstances in Ontario cottage country (Muskoka) during the Depression. He plays the violin, and music is the joy that feeds his soul, as he and his family try to make ends meet catering to the needs of wealthy cottagers. A nice book to curl up with in a hammock on a summer afternoon.
>15 Bcteagirl: Hi Bcteagirl
I had planned to properly update this thread/challenge after I added the pics yesterday. I am currently reading The Colony of Unrequited Dreams for Newfoundland. It is FANTASTIC!!!
The Landing by John Ibbitson is a YA novel I read during the summer. It fits the Ontario challenge, as it takes place in cottage country Muskoka during the Depression years. I'll probably end up with many Ontario books as I progress through this challenge.
Will have to find your threads for other suggestions.
Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. For Quebec
Lovely and beautifully written debut novel created around flawed but realistic characters. Each character has a marked obsession, and the author skillfully weaves their stories together into a brilliant tale about compulsive travel, words and language, memories, love and family. It's about finding your place in the world. Or sadly, not finding it.
I had many fave passages, but this one using ice skating as a metaphor for life, stood out for me:
"...you can skate over the surface of the world for your entire life, visiting, leaving, without ever really falling through. But you can't do that, it isn't good enough. You have to be able to fall through. You have to be able to sink, to immerse yourself. You can't just skate over the surface and visit and leave."
As a Canadian, I found the following quote to be quite hilarious.
It's a comment about graffiti on a wall that says: "Montreal en francais: 101 ou 401." One character explains the graffiti to another, saying "Bill 101 was one of the laws that specifically restricts the use of the English language. The 401 was the highway out of the city." Speak French or get out.
"His only part in the story: to observe and remember the chain of events. Not all of us will be cast in the greatest dramas; someone has to remember them. Or perhaps it's just this: memory is too unreliable to entrust a story to the hero alone. Someone else has to have observed the chain of events to lend credibility; if no one else remembers your story, how are you to prove that it was real?"
3. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston for Newfoundland
(Copied from my 50-book challenge thread)
I thoroughly enjoyed Colony of Unrequited Dreams. I loved the way Johnston brought alive the harsh beauty of Newfoundland, and the way he described Joe Smallwood's determination to make something of himself despite his humble beginnings. Johnston captures life in Newfoundland from the early 1900s through to Confederation: the fishing outposts, railway travel, politics, the newspaper industry - he covers it all! And no East Coast material would be complete without mentioning the unceasing generosity and kind hospitality of the people, and the powerful majestic landscape!
I found many meaningful quotes and passages, but one that I believe nicely sums up the main character was when Joe remarks, "It seemed to me that unless I did something that historians thought was worth recording, it would be as if I had never lived..."