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5.0 out of 5 stars A tightly narrated emotional drama, 12 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Beaver Dam (Kindle Edition)
I couldn't resist reading for a second time - and shortly perhaps a third - this tightly narrated emotional drama focusing on a turning point in the lives of two young people growing up in a small-town Canadian family. The pacy, clear writing is very much in the style of Alice Munro. To quote from the story, `Beavers swam in the deep sink far off from the dam,' the dam symbolising an `otherness' where the protagonists can escape from the narrow moral judgments of the town and their family. Sadly, at the end the beaver dam is destroyed by small minded men. The novella also touches on issues such as illegitimacy and the harshness in some Catholic schools for unwanted children; and its open ending fits well into this perfectly realised drama of discovery and loss.
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