Through Black Spruce Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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Joseph Boyden's novel is, simply, beautiful: you will lose yourself in the richness of its prose and the ever-deepening puzzles it inveigles you into. THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE is fluent, involving fiction, and as good an advertisement as any for unforgiving wilderness living. (Tim Teeman THE TIMES)
This complex and interesting novel is all about strong family bonds. (HOT STARS)
a remarkable view into a lost world dismantled so brutally by the white 'wemestikushu'... Boyden guides us through customs, mythologies and rituals that attend life in the bush. (TLS)
mesmerising. In the wild, dreams are prophetic and spiritual truths revealed... his characters are most moving when revelations occur in small, quite moments. (Julie Wheelwright THE INDEPENDENT)
It is a powerful novel of place and the ties that bind families... A fine achievement, Through Black Spruce is extraordinary. (IRISH EXAMINER)
love, betrayal and loss in the wild and frozen Canadian wilderness. A strangely haunting read. (CHOICE)
Alternating between life at its most elemental and most decadent, Boyden's tale skilfully reflects the Indians' struggle to embrace modern society. (Anthony Gardner MAIL ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden comes a powerful novel about two native Canadian sisters and the forces that pull them apart.See all Product Description
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This is a very slow paced and gentle book and, really, little actually seems to happen. The story emerges gradually rather than being set out at an early stage and this narrative is all the better for that. If you are looking for a fast paced and/or action packed romp, then look elsewhere 'cos it certainly isn't here. However, I was amazed at how gripping this slowly unravelling story becomes and I was almost immediately immersed in the characters and racing to read the next portion of their stories. This created a quirk for me: as each chapter ended and I began to read the following chapter, it now switched to the other character (either Will or Annie) and I resented being torn away from the story of just the previous page. But a couple of paragraphs in and I was again hooked into that story until, at the end of that chapter.... you get the idea.
What made this book special for me was the insight into the world of the native American Indians living on the borders between Canada and the USA, a genre of work I know very little about.Read more ›
Will's life has been awash with difficulties. Marius Netmaker, the local he-man and self appointed bully of the area was only too happy to cause trouble for Will. Marius' brother the no-good Gus vanished to Toronto two years ago with Will's other niece Suzanne, a Cree beauty. Gus was responsible for most of the cocaine and crystal meth imports from the United States and Marius is convinced that Will was responsible for telling the authorizes when the band police on the reserves were unable to do anything about it. Predictably, Marius embarks on a series of harassments, firebombing Will's house, killing his ageing blind bear, and then violently breaking his leg with the end of a baseball bat.
Caught in the jaws and evil machinations of Marius, it's not surprising that Will takes the law into his own hands, eventually propelled by his distinctive sense of justice. Regretting his impulsiveness, Will takes off to the far north, and to the arctic circle to set up winter camp and to live in the wildness for months with only the white flocks of snow geese with the late sun dancing off their feathers, and the harsh winter for company. Contrasting with Will's self-imposed isolation is Annie who goes south to find Suzanne.Read more ›
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Canadian reading this in the UK, and though I'm not First Nations it makes me homesick. Another great one from Boyden.Published 22 months ago by R. Hocking
This man can do no wrong when it comes to storytelling ,another book in the saga of the Bird clanPublished on 20 April 2014 by W Horsburgh