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In spare, allusive prose, Sheila Watson charts the destiny of a small, tightly knit community nestled in the BC Interior. Here, among the hills of Cariboo country, men and women are caught upon the double hook of existence, unaware that the flight from danger and the search for glory are both part of the same journey. In Watson’s compelling novel, cruelty and kindness, betrayal and faith shape a pattern of enduring significance.From the Trade Paperback edition.read more
A beautifully written novel, with the spirit of Faulkner hovering in its vicinity, filled with allusion, while remaining spare. Fishing is a key motif, with the reader told in the opening inscription that "when you fish for the glory, you catch the darkness, too." And the flavour is immediately apparent on the first page with "James walking away. The old lady falling. There under the jaw of the roof. In the vault of the bed loft. Into the shadow of death. Pushed by James's will. By James's hand. By James's words. This is my day. You'll not fish today." We encounter unspeakable cruelty and death. Kindness redeems. Theft and deception countered by faith. Larger than life canvas painted with the power of darkness, inexplicable suffering,despair and destruction but in the end redemption. Like a medieval morality play, it ends with optimism. It reverberates with folk tale while echoing Greek tragedy.read more
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