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Journey with No Maps is the first biography of P.K. Page, a brilliant twentieth-century poet and a fine artist. The product of over a decade's research and writing, the book follows Page as she becomes one of Canada's best-loved and most influential writers. "A borderline being," as she called herself, she recognized the new choices offered to women by modern life but foll ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by McGill-Queen's University Press
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Susan
Biography of P.K Page, Canadian poet. I loved this book because it describes PK's life in greater detail, and goes into greater detail about her personal life ( which she was apt not to discuss while she was alive.) Sometimes, however, the writing is uneven and scattered, and I wondered at Djwa's organization of the material. Also, there are quite a few typos in the book, including the back cover! However, I am glad that a biography has been written as PK Page deserves to be remembered as one of ...more
Bonnie Lendrum
I came to read Journey With No Maps through the happy experience of meeting Sandra Djwa at the TWUC conference in Newfoundland. At that time, to my embarrassment,I did not know that Djwa had won the Governor General’s award for non-fiction for this biography of P. K. Page. Furthermore, I had no idea who P. K. Page was. (Forgive me. I have two science degrees.)

Djwa’s biography of Page gripped me. She captured the spirit of P. K. Page the person, and her insecurity as an artist. I found the writi
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Aubrey Davis
This book filled in some gaps about the PK I knew. But it lacks her spirit, economy and spark.It plods along, weighed down by too many details and names. Worse, it has a sly bias that misrepresents the key writers and thinkers she considered vital to her being and her later work: Idries Shah, Doris Lessing, Robert Ornstein, Arthur Deikman. Short of knowing PK personally, to really understand her and what she considered important, I suggest you read these folks together with her wonderful poems.
Robin
I loved reading about this Canadian poet and artist -- a fascinating woman. It was so interesting learning about the times she lived and wrote in, and how her art progressed and changed, as well as her life long interest in Sufi thought and philosophy; something I am interested in learning more about myself.

I found the writing of this biography poor; the structure is repetitive and the number of typos in the electronic version was very distracting. Sentences quite often had words repeated or mis
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Laura
Got this book from library reserve yesterday. Skimmed it and r e turning tomorrow. Did not find it that interesting except for this quote at the beginning:

I am traveller. I have a destination but no maps. Others perhaps have reached that destination already, still others are on their way. But none has had to go from here before- nor will again. One's route is one's own. One's journey unique. What I will find at the end I can barely guess. What lies on the way is unknown. P.K.Page "Traveller,Conj
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Lawren Hyder
Sandra Djwa gives an engaging chronological account of Page's life while still managing to evoke the transcendent spirit of her art and poetry. The many excerpted poems leave one wanting to dig deeper into her work.

Also, I learned that Page and I share an affinity for the writings of Sufi thinker Idries Shah and that her husband and I went to the same doctor. Canadian literary celebrities: they're just like us!


Camrose
Good factual coverage of the poet/painter's life, juicy in parts (especially her relationship with F. R. Scott) told in a readable though bland manner. Interesting to learn about her life as wife of a Canadian ambassador, particularly their time in Brazil during which Pat turned to painting in response to the warm natural and social environment. Well illustrated with selected paintings and numerous photographs.
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