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Angel Walk

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  8 reviews

At eighty-five, Cory Ditchburn has finally agreed to a retrospective of her art. For years she had refused, afraid that any summing up of her life's work would mean she'd never work again. But now vanity has won out - vanity and the need to see it all one more time.

As she sorts through her photographs with Tyke, the son she abandoned for her lover and for World War II, eac

Hardcover, 413 pages
Published 1996 by Little Brown & Co
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Another great book by Govier - one of my favorite authors. Amazing character development, sense of place, descriptions, dialogue....just lovely. A tad long, but worth the sore wrist!
Gretchen's book. Female war photographer's fictional history, life and WWII.
Kristine Morris
This is a story about an independent woman who has to make choices between love, motherhood, career, art and place. I enjoyed the book. Govier creates a very strong and memorable character in Cory Ditchburn. But you might not think so until you get three-quarters of the way through the book. Only at that point does the book move from being a chronological description of her life to a reflection on her choices, her relationships, and more interesting (to me) when she chose stand up for herself or ...more
Lorna Kennedy
My mom gave me this book several years ago and I just got around to reading it. I loved the local references! I really like historical fiction about the Second World War and Cory has become one of my favourites. Her life during the War as a woman and a photographer was so interesting I couldn't put the book down. I wish I had of read it sooner and talked it over with Mom.
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Recommended to MESCA by: Celeste
Menu: Strawberries & angel food cake of course! Strawberry champagne for France, cheeses and crackers for the Italy, cracker spread served in beaker for the chemical plant!

Most of us agreed that this author writes beautifully detailed descriptions. The war action provided lessons for all of us, living far in time and space from that kind of fighting.

Most members found the book challenging to read given the relatively slow plot near the beginning and unlikeability of the main character and he
Shannon Pawliw
I enjoyed this book on many levels. The protagonist was definitely an interesting woman...though I didn't identify with her choice(s) in love interests AT ALL. This made it very difficult to empathize when she was feeling heartbroken. I kept waiting for her to grow out of her fascination with Albert, but it never happened, which made me sad. I enjoyed the reflectiveness of the last half of the book, particularly the glimpses of her relationship with her son. I think I would have liked more of th ...more
Elizabeth Martel
A strange read for me...I didn't like the main character, was disgusted by her attraction to Albert, and the language was altogether too etherial for me...however...for whatever reason..I kept going and enjoyed it much more toward the end. The best part? ...the descriptions of 'my neck of the woods'....the area around Parry Sound, and the life of the locals living there.
beautiful writing, descriptions come alive, WW2 details facinating.
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Katherine Govier is the author of nine novels, three short story collections, and most recently, a collection of nursery rhymes. Her novel, The Ghost Brush (published in the US as The Printmaker's Daughter), is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai, creator of The Great Wave. Her novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the ...more
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