Girl In Saskatoon: A M...
Sharon Butala
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Girl In Saskatoon: A Meditation On Friendship, Memory, And Murder

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Published (first published March 24th 2008)
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Although the Girl in Saskatoon is about a murder that took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 18, 1962, I would not label it simply true-crime. The subtitle calls it “A Meditation on Friendship, Memory, and Murder”, and I agree; it is a meditation, though perhaps more about memory and murder than friendship. Some forty years after the crime Sharon Butala set out to gather the facts in hopes that she could find out who raped, savagely beat, and buried alive her former schoolmate, 23 year-old...more
Aug 27, 2009 Tiffany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime enthusiasts
Butala is a person who will dig, dig, dig until she is satisfied with the level of detail in her narrative. This kind of detail is irritating at first--if I had to read one more five-page description of the vastness of the prairies in Saskatchewan one more time, I was going to throw the book across the room.

BUT, I've got to say, once you get past the first fifty pages, this book is a gem. It serves to remember a girl who shouldn't be forgotten, who was brutally raped and murdered in 1962--a cas...more
Celeste Rousselot
I am so glad to have read this book. It was my first venture into the reading of Canadian literature. The facts that this grizzly murder took place in the "innocent" late 50's and early 60's, that people still said things like 'she got what she deserved,' that the investigation was mishandled, that numerous witnesses/suspects were not called to testify at the inquest. All these facts and more added to the swift pace of parts of the book.

On the other hand, some of the parts, which bored some read...more
So long as clauses are punctuated appropriately, a writer can assemble multiple independent clauses in a single sentence; in fact, a properly constructed sentence can be extended indefinitely, which has been done for the most part in this book. These long sentences, whose clauses were often bracketed here and there, made the reading painful, necessitating the reading and re-reading of the same lengthy sentence to make sense of details. Hope you can find a better editor, Sharon. Yes, this seems t...more
Trudy Jaskela
This murder occured when I was in going to nursing school in Saskatoon. It rocked the city. Rumours were rampant in regards to the identity of the killer. No female went out alone in the evening. The book descibed the culture of Saskatoon ansd Saskatchewan in 1962 - small city, naive, no big murders before, police failed to take clues seriously.
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