Bucketyell travels across Canada
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1) Galore by Crummey - 03/09/09
2) Annabel by Winter - 26/07/10
3) The Outport People by Mowat - 30/08/10
4) Barnacle Love by De Sa - 18/07/11
5) Kit's Law by Morrisey - 30/04/12
6) Alligator by Moore
7) February by Moore
8) Emancipation Day by Grady - I am putting this here but it is split between NFLD and Ontario
9) Son of a Certain Woman by Johnston
10) Sweetland by Crummey
11) Walt by Wangersky
1) Creation by Katherine Govier - 07/02/10
1) The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning - 10/01/10
2) Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul by Richards - 18/06/11
3) Nights Below Station Street by Richards - 06/08/11
4) Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace by Richards - 08/08/11
5) For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down by Richards - 12/08/11
6) Maclean by Donaldson
1) Disappeared by Echlin - 26/03/09
2) The Stranger in the Plumed Hat by Irena Karafilly - 31/01/10
3) The Tin Flute by Roy - 02/05/10
4) The Heart Specialist by Rothman - 30/06/10
5) Apocalypse for Beginners by Dickner - 17/12/10
6) Lullabies for Little Criminals by O'Neill - 19/12/10
7) Dogs at the Perimeter by Thien - 12/06/11
8) Bride of New France by Descrochers - 18/03/12
9) Leaning, Leaning Over Water by Itani - 21/05/12
10) Surfacing by Atwood - 04/06/12
11) Ru by Thuy
12) The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Westoll
13) The Imposter Bride by Richler
14) Atonement by Soucy
15) The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by O'Neill
16) Man by Thuy
17) My October by Rothman
1) Unless by Shields - 10/07/09
2) Factoring Humanity by Sawyer - 25/09/09
3) Suddenly by Burnard - 09/11/09
4) An Accidental Canadian by Margaret Wente - 27/01/10
5) The Weekend Man by Wright - 23/02/10
6) Stonyground: The Making of a Canadian Garden by Chambers - 28/02/10
7) Last Summer at Barebones by Mason - 02/06/10
8) Cities of Refuge by Helm - 04/06/10
9) Cigar Box Banjo by Quarrington - 19/06/10
10) King Leary by Quarrington - 09/01/11
11) The Blind Assassin by Atwood - 29/01/11
12) The Rez Sisters by Highway - 18/04/11
13) The Sentimentalists by Skibsrud - 15/08/11
14) Fault Lines by Huston - 21/01/12 (partially set in Toronto)
15) Tell it to the Trees by Badami - set in Northern Ontario
16) Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Taylor - set in Northern Ontario (I am noticing a theme here)
17) Summer Gone by Macfarlane - and yet another Northern Ontario (ish)
18) Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Lam
19) Casino & Other Stories by Burnard
20) Bear by Engel
21) The Cake is for the Party by Selecky
22) Everybody Has Everything by Onstad
23) Elizabeth and After by Cohen
24) How Should a Person Be? by Heti
25) Empty Room by Davis
26) Small Ceremonies by Shields
27) The Box Garden by Shields - starts off in BC but its mostly set in Scarborough, ON
28) Falling Angels by Gowdy
29) Going Home Again by Bock
30) A Bird's Eye by Fagan
31) Throwaway Daughter by Ye
32) Kicking the Sky by De Sa
33) 1982 by Ghomeshi
34) Cataract City by Davidson
35) Bear by Cameron
36) Tell by Itani
37) Stone Mattress by Atwood
38) Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Mootoo (Toronto and Trinidad)
1) A Complicated Kindness by Toews - 17/05/09
2) The Prairie Bridesmaid by Salamon - 09/07/09
3) Children of my Heart by Roy - 30/09/09
4) Kiss of the Fur Queen by Highway - 28/03/11
5) I Am Hutterite by Kirby - 30/07/11
6) Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Brown - 19/08/11
7) All My Puny Sorrows by Toews
1) Sad Truth about Happiness by Giardini - 22/05/09
2) Certainty by Thien - 03/10/09
3) Madame Zee by Luke - 28/07/10
4) There's a Seal in My Sleeping Bag by Hancock - 30/06/11
5) Shelter by Greenslade - 11/09/11
6) Requiem by Itani - 20/10/11
7) Touch by Zentner - 17/03/12
8) Contingency Plan by Allin
9) Runaway by Munro - these stories take place all over but mostly in BC and Ontario.
10) One Good Hustle by Livingston
11) A Celibate Season by Shields/Howard - takes place here and in Ontario but I felt like I learned more about Vancouver so I will put it here
12) Turtle Valley by Anderson-Dargatz
13) The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Viswanathan
1) Frontier Spirit: The Brave Women of the Klondike by Duncan - 17/07/10
1) Never Cry Wolf by Mowat - 21/06/10 **
2) Death on the Barrens by Grinnell - 22/06/10 **
3) Late Nights on Air by Hay - 23/07/11
** These two books technically took place in Nunavut but since it didn't exist when the books were written, it's also technically NWT. So, for simplicity sake, I am putting NWT & Nunavut in the same category.
At some point, I will list it on bookmooch if you want a copy. It's an ARC that I got years ago (10 years ago I think!).
Oh, yes, and, welcome to the group!
I find when reading this type of book, I am not sure what is fact and what is literary licence so I now want to do some research on him to see. He came across as a rather prickly man who was very motivated by fame and fortune but yet also genuinely fascinated with birds. He not only loved painting them but he also loved to dissect & stuff them.
I have a few others by her so I will move them up the list a little.
I am ashamed to say how long this book has been on the shelf but now I can finally say its read! Now to try to track down the movie and read the sequels.
And, I must admit, it's weird reading a memoir that someone wrote after being diagnosed with a fatal illness. Particularly reading it after their death. I am a little unsettled now.
I have no idea why I never read it as I loved the movie as a kid. This is my first Mowat but definitely not my last. It's hilariously funny and yet highly informative. Loved every word...
1. Is Quill & Quire worthy of a subscription? I've been contemplating for a few years now; and 2. Farley Mowat is still alive? I had no idea! I didn't know that, and I actually figured he was older.
Well, I was in my early 20s when Never Cry Wolf came out as a movie, and it was sort of in the back of my mind. Thanks for reminding me--my kids need to see that one. I've reserved it at the library. Not sure if I've ever actually read the book, although I know I read a couple of Mowats as a kid. I found them very masculine.
Edit: I have Never Cry Wolf on my TBR pile :) Do you know whereabouts it is set?
This description is from the Chapters website.
Eastern Passage marks a return to the feisty Mowat of old. In it, he throws down the gauntlet and answers the doubters and naysayers who have dogged his writing life, breaking the stubborn silence he has kept since the notorious Saturday Night article that appeared over a decade ago. Here, too, he relates the story of a sail down the St. Lawrence that brought him face to face with one of Canada''s more shocking secrets, one most of us still don''t know today. Eastern Passage is the last piece of the Mowat puzzle: the years from his return from the north in the late 1940s to his discovery of Newfoundland and his love affair with the sea in the 1950s. In this time, he writes his first books and weathers his first storm of controversy as the northern establishment tries to deny the plight of the Barrenground Inuit by discrediting Farley and his first book, People of the Deer. This sets a trail that leads straight to the character assassination he suffers 40 years later in Saturday Night.
> 40 Never Cry Wolf is sited in NWT (Northwest Territories) near the Manitoba border, today this area is part of Nunavut.
I like my Q&Q. I have subscribed off and on for years but always seem to come back to it. It's great for reviews and I like the fall & spring previews. The fall preview is where I found out about Mowat's newest book (can't remember the title right now). The man is 89 and still going strong... incredible. Ami McKay, Robert Wiersemsa and David Adams Richards all have new books coming out in the fall... can't wait!
Looking at the map, it does look like it should be in Nunavut then. Good to know!
Thanks for the heads up on Eastern Passage pmarshal!
He looks at a variety of different areas like culture, politics & mass media to explain this notion and for the most part, he makes sense but I do think he goes off topic quite a bit which makes for a somewhat dense read at times. Overall, I liked it and will probably buy a copy at some point.
I generally like books about arctic travel but this one was disappointing. I gave it 2 1/2 stars because I do see where the author was going with it but I just don't think he is a strong enough writer to pull it off. It's a true account of a doomed-from-the-start expedition up the Dubawnt River. I am still not sure why these men decided to do this (boredom perhaps?) but they were ill-equiped and just a little too cocky about it all. Predictably, it ends tragically for one member.
One redemning quality though is the beautiful art throughout. It adds an interesting element to the story.
I can totally see that being a suicide attempt. Never dawned on me before reading your comment but it does make a bit of sense. There was something off about Art wasn't there?
Overall, I really, really liked this book and look forward to reading the others in the series: A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses.
I am not even sure where to start. I liked and couldn't put it down but I have no idea why. It's one of those books that keeps you going and then afterwards you think "what was that?" It reminded me of Life of Pi even though it's nothing like it. I think the overall "good but hunh?" feeling was the connector.
So, I highly recommend it but don't ask me why :)
I do think she shows promise but she has some big shoes to fill. It will be interesting to see where her writing goes in the future.
I just finished one that doesn't count for this challenge but it's Canadian. Trade Mission by Pyper. Strange but good.
Firstly, Winter does a great job setting the scene. I have never actually been to Newfoundland or Labrador but I feel like I have walked down its streets and met its people. Secondly, the characters were real and likeable. She let's them tell the story and as a result it flowed well.
I find east coast literature in general tends to be quite dark but this one wasn't. Winter was able to take a difficult subject and put an interesting spin on it. She managed to keep the overall tone quite light without losing the seriousness of the story. You come out of the story feeling a sense of hope for Wayne/Annabel.
This one is definitely recommended
Glad you'll keep an eye out for more by Anne. She's a great, great person. Truly.
Madame Zee is the fictionalized tale of Mabel Rowbotham, a real life British/Canadian woman who, after a fairly mundane life growing up in England and then becoming a school teacher in Saskachewan, shocked family and friends by becoming mistress to Brother XII, a cult leader in southern BC.
Growing up, Mabel always felt out of sorts with those around her. This started with the death of her sister and continued as she grew up and began experiencing psychic episodes (as the author points out, no one is sure how true the psychic part really is). Eventually she gravitated towards to the fringes and became co-leader of this cult.
The book is erotic at times (shocking for a well brought up woman at the turn of the century!), intriguing and quite compelling. I really enjoyed how Luke captured the overall attitudes of the time period from the horror of a teacher showing a child magic tricks (poor thing got fired for that stunt) to Zee's struggle with what exactly it meant to be a female at that point in history.
The story shows Madame Zee as she changes from Mabel, a naive young woman, to Madame Zee, an somewhat outspoken leader. I loved watching the progression and now, I kind of want to learn more about her.
I will keep going because I love Canlit and enjoy seeing just what things take place. I am learning quite a bit about my fair country :)
This chronicles a period of time when newlyweds Farley & Claire Mowat moved to Baleena, Newfoundland (quite literally in the middle of nowhere) and lived for 5 years while Farley wrote Never Cry Wolf and Claire tried to figure out the local customs. I think this might be the only book that Claire ever wrote which is sad because this is just as good as Farley's stuff.
ETA. No wait! She wrote others! I will have to make a trip to the library...
This is what I wrote for Nikolski by Dickner and oddly enough, I feel exactly the same way about Apocalypse for Beginners. It's a strange yet compelling story and one that I just couldn't put down. I would say, overall, that I enjoyed Nikolski slightly better but both are good.
Just finished Lullabies for Little Criminals by O'Neill. I am not sure I have ever read a book that made me feel that uncomfortable but yet completely hooked me at the same time. It's not a happy book by any means but the underlying innocence of the main character made me keep reading because I just wanted her to have a happy ending.
Now that my courses are done for this term (well almost done.. I was sick with bronchitis and missed my last exam), I am catching up on all the reading that I haven't been able to do since September. Talk about withdrawal!! I seem to have quite a few Canadian novels out of the library right now so we will see how many I get through this week.
Next up is Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul by Richards and then The Blue Light Project by Taylor. One coast to the other!
Now on the west coast...
I used to have a real thing about only being able to read 3/4 of a book. I think all through the 1990s, I only finished a fraction of the books I'd start. It would all go fine in the beginning, and then bog down half way through, and then at the three-quarter point I just couldn't do it anymore. I think I have more motivation to finish now because I look at it as a personal competition. I get a satisfaction of recording a book as "read" and checking it off my TBR list. Right now I'm almost finished One Hundred Years of Solitude, which I think I would have abandoned half-way through way back when. But now I'm sticking with it so I can say I read it. Not sure which approach is better.
I tend to force myself to finish most books and on occasion, I have been pleasantly surprised but for the most part, I finish and just feel like I wasted time that could have been spent doing something much more interesting. I stick with it because I really want to find those gems but is it worth it? Probably not.
The second book Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace focuses on Cindi who, in the first book Nights Below Station Street, came across as a wimpy forgetable person, but now, in the second story, she comes to life and you realise that there is much more to her.
I don't know what it is about Richards but I have enjoyed all the ones I have read so far (Mercy Among the Children is my fave). I'd be a few days before I can get to the last book but hopefully its good too.
I just finished reading it and now realise that I have come full circle. And can I tell you? I laughed myself silly. This book is a total spoof on all that is wrong with the world today. It was like Douglas Adams meets Office Space. Loved it.
It's not set in Canada so I can't add it here but the author is Canadian so he gets an honourable mention.
I loved Tamarind Mem and found this one to be just as good. I have her other two on the shelf so perhaps it's time to move them up the pile.
I also finished Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Taylor. I liked it and found it to be somewhat similar to Touch even though they are vastly different books. It is a much lighter read but it has a lot of the spiritual/mystical elements. Who doesn't like ghosts in their fiction? :)
But I made up for it by then reading The Virgin Cure by Mckay. The main character is also a young girl named Moth who, through a series of interesting turns, ends up at a boarding house of sorts. The prevaling notion at the time was that sleeping with a virgin will cure a man of all that ails him hence 'the virgin cure' and this house is where young women are groomed and basically sold to the highest bidder. It is here that she meets a variety of people like Dr Sadie (a young female doctor who practices against the odds) who make her question who she is and what is it that she really wants from life. Very well done.
It really illustrates the notion that throughout ones life, we encounter a host of people, good and bad, who shape us in different ways. Some people enter and leave quickly while others stay on and become good friends but each one plays an important part in who we are.
A lot of people have been saying that The Cat's Table is the best thing he's done in years -- even critics who have hated his recent novels said they liked this one.
119 - I found this one very accessible and now from some of the reviews I have read, it looks like many others feel the same way.
Good to hear. I adored Anil's Ghost, but I haven't been interested in anything he's come out with since. I am patiently waiting for The Cat's Table to come out in softcover.
The only nitpicky detail I have is that the publisher used Canadian spelling for 99% of it and then used 'jewelry' twice. Really? When you are a small Canadian press relying on grants from the Canadian government, perhaps you should use a Canadian dictionary when spell checking. Just sayin'... (can you tell this is a big pet peeve of mine?)
I read How Should a Person Be? today (set in Ontario) and I am mixed. It is definitely not my type of book - I am not a fan of the whole stream-of-consciousness thing and while I am certainly not a prude, I found this one to be a little over the top (having a Nazi crap on you in a dumpster? Seriously.. who thinks that kind of thing up?) But I will admit, I was vaguely compelled to finish it and in the end, I found it to be an okay read. The characters irritated me with all their 'who am I?' and 'why do we exist?' ramblings but there was a small thread in there that I found I could relate too. It's kind of like seeing a child's finger painting hanging in an art gallery and alternating between laughing at the absurdity of it all and not being able to take your eyes off it because it continually draws you in.
The story takes place in BC and there a forest fire bearing down on Turtle Valley where Katrine has returned home to help her parents pack and evacuate. In the middle of the preparations, she realises that her past was not exactly what she thought and she starts to uncover family secrets that her family thought had been buried forever. The story has just about everything in it - mystery, drama, romance....
This one has a lot going on in it but it is basically about a man who is separating from his wife and struggling to figure things out. His estranged brother comes back into his life and he seems to have finally grown up a little bit. His daughter is living in Madrid with mom and her new boyfriend, which is a bitter pill to swallow since his business takes him back to Toronto. And an ex-girlfriend walks back into his life and brings back memories of a tragic event that occurred many years before.
The transitioning from present to past was a little jarring at times but other than that, I enjoyed it