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Kalyna's Song

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Growing up in the small northern Alberta community of St. Paul, Colleen Lutzak has both positives and negatives to deal with--she has an abundance of musical talent, excellent grades in school, and a close extended family. On the other hand, she has a melodramatic mother, a nemesis named Carla Senko who somehow manages to screw up every triumph Colleen closes in on, and a ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published May 29th 2003 by Coteau Books (first published April 29th 2003)
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Mar 05, 2014 Lianne added it
This book was gift from a Canadian friend who knows I like to keep up with new Canadian authors.
Lisa Grekul is of Ukrainian descent and the underlying theme of the story is her protagonist's coming to terms with her own culture. As a child in rural Alberta Colleen, like many Ukrainian children of the second generation of immigration, is deeply involved in Ukrainian dance competitions that take place on the prairies. After a defeat at a major cultural festival,she quits dancing and becomes seriou
Nov 27, 2014 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: beautiful-covers
I picked up this book because it was written by a professor of mine at UBCO and I thought I'd give it a try. It's an intriguing, very Canadian story and I found myself appreciating the numerous references of Ukrainian-Canadian culture. This third generation immigrant story was very compelling. However, I don't plan on finishing this book as it just isn't what I feel like reading now, it isn't my kind of genre, and I feel kind of voyeuristic reading this while in her class! Would recommend to fan ...more
Jul 28, 2007 Marsha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone who likes long books
it was good, but about 100 pages too long

historical aspects were poorly researched

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Mar 19, 2012 Lesley Fraser rated it liked it
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It was okay.

I think I've read this book three times in my life so far. I tend to come back to it when I have a lot of time. I haven't read this book in several years, so it was nice to revisit after a while.

It's a shame that it was published as it is, because the book really needed another proofread. I found typos - many of them.

I also didn't like the way the author referred to the Aboriginal Peoples as "Natives" and "Indians". See page 337 for example, about the African music students being "c
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