Sunday, February 07, 2010

Guest Post- Debbie Mutford and 3 More Canadian Book Challenge Reviews

I think I may, for the first time, succeed in meeting the challenge of reading thirteen books by July 1st! In addition to other posts, I have three more reviews to add.

1. The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre - Admittedly, I have been sitting on this book for several months. Although fictional, its controversial issues have found their way in Canadian headlines repeatedly throughout the years. I like how much MacIntyre leaves to the reader. The emotions are what run the story, not explicit details.

2. Raven, Stay By Me by Luise Van Keuren - A novel for children, Raven, Stay By Me is an introductory story of ignorance and prejudice. Inga is separated from her family in Greenland when their ship is wrecked in a storm. She finds herself adopted by the Inuit inhabitants of Newfoundland and Labrador and later in a position of needing to choose from the two cultures afraid of each other due to lack of knowledge and understanding. For a children's book, it was pretty good.

3. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill - I saved the best for last. Love this book, loved it, loved it, loved it. I was at risk of disappointment as all I had heard were great reviews (there's nowhere to go but down) but Hill pulled through. This book deserves all the praise it's received over the years. I won't get into details...just read it if you haven't yet.


My Novel Thoughts said...

I have The Bishop's Man on my shelf and plan to read The Book of Negroes - they both sound like great reads!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I had tickets to hear Linden McIntyre do a reading in December, but there was a blizzard and I turtled. I really need to get that book.

Wanda said...

1. Just read Scrat's review of TBM a few days ago, seems you've both given it a thumbs up.

2. Sounds a little like Peggy of the Cove. My youngest would probably like this one. Thanks for the review, I'll look for it.

3. When TBoN first came out I couldn't wait to read it. The weird thing is, the more praise it got the less interested I became. Maybe it's that fear of dissapointment you mention that's holding me back and though I'll likely get to it eventually, it's not one I'm rushing to read.

Lesley said...

The Book of Negroes (or Someone Knows My Name, as it's titled here in the US) is relatively unknown on this side of the border, so luckily I did not go into it with any preconceived notions. Not that it doesn't deserve all the praise it's gotten - I just finished it myself and loved it as well!