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There Is A Season

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Believed by many to be one of the finest poets of his generation, Patrick Lane is also a passionate gardener. He lives on Vancouver Island, a place of uncommon beauty, where the climate is mild, the air is soft, and the growing season lasts nearly all year long.

Lane has gardened for as long as he can remember, and sees his garden’s life as intertwined with his own. And whe
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 25th 2005 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2004)
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Aug 14, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
This is beautifully written: honest, full of great observations, a gardener's delight.
Jun 25, 2010 Rosana rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian, book-club, 2010
I should try reading Lanes’ poetry. I like his use of language very much. But in this memoir he felt so intoxicated with his own words, he sometimes went on and on without any thread of a story to hold me there. I love language, but I need plot more than just once in a long while.

I also felt betrayed by the idea that this is a memoir. It is more a confession and a diary. He does reminisce about his life, but it is done in such way that at times I felt I was eavesdropping in a soliloquy that was
Erin Dasmith
Mar 17, 2013 Erin Dasmith rated it really liked it
This book was filled with beautiful imagery. This man almost made me not hate insects no small feat I must say! The book is poignant,heartwrenching and heartwarming.
Wendell Hennan
May 02, 2015 Wendell Hennan rated it liked it
Lanes use of language is beautiful and his memoir, told over the first 12 months of his life after stopping drinking, is more a gardener's diary and ode to nature than a memoir. His previous 60 odd years of life are, however, wound through the 12 months of gardening, but it is often frustrating, as the gardening diary and ode to nature drift and wind endlessly with too little recounting of his life. The person who told me about the book, suggested that it would be wise to read and re read some s ...more
Kind of mixed feelings about this book. I really liked his writing style, and the parts where he was writing about his garden. It's all very calm and relaxing in tone. The only things I'm not as fond of were the 'flashbacks'. I don't want to say I didn't like them. It's not that, exactly - it's a memoir, and it's stuff that happened to the author. It's a huge part of the book, and it's not like I think he should have left it out of anything.
It's just that some of the stuff he writes about reme
Leanne Fournier
Jan 01, 2013 Leanne Fournier rated it really liked it
I had the great privilege of hearing Richard read from this book and then to have the opportunity to ask him the question afterward that was foremost in my mind: "If your daughter (who I knew he was estranged from) could say one thing to you, what would you want to hear?" He asked me to step out of the lineup of people waiting to sign his book, because he said that answer deserved more time and attention than the people waiting in line would have the patience for. We chatted for a long time but ...more
Nov 30, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
Patrick Lane is mere months out of rehab after a 45 year love affair with alcohol and drugs, when he begins this memoir in a 'sober' attempt to seek some semblance of personal peace and redemption for his previous behavior towards the people he wronged in the past, most particularly two abandoned wives and five children. He chooses the metaphor of his garden to amplify his quest as he is both a brilliant gardener and a poet of great grace. His love of nature is all encompassing and steadfast as ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I have not nearly the words to describe how Patrick Lane's life is a story told in this book he has written. His words play from each page and create a vision of his life that is filled with so many grievances and ongoing sadness but he often is only able to identify this as an actuality much later in his life. His demons were wrapped in a sheath of the glass bottle that he poured from inside of his soul each time he took a drink. But he did not know that until his life was almost spent. I have ...more
Catherine Gordon
Dec 19, 2014 Catherine Gordon rated it liked it
This is a beautifully written book and it is no surprise to find out that the author is a poet. The descriptions of nature are lovely and you can almost smell the rain and flowers. Then he inserts a terrible event of his life into the narrative and it jarred with the natural beauty he was describing previously. The juxtaposition of reality with nature and his glimpses of his dead mother definitely made it a different narrative. However I found it difficult to get into the book and ultimately it ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Anna rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
You know how people criticize Tolkein for his devotion to description instead of narrative? I have no idea if there was meant to be a story in this book at all, because I read thirty pages of what his garden looks like in minute detail, but without enough generalization for me to grasp the appearance of anything bigger than a pinecone, let alone the entire garden.

Let's just say that this degree of description over narrative doesn't work for me. I just couldn't do it. It's been a long time since
Aug 27, 2008 Jack rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jose Bakker
Recommended to Jack by: Barbara Scott
Having received most of Canada's top literary awards and now a recovering alcoholic, he reviews his life using seasons in his garden as stepping stones to the past. He is now married to Lorna Crozier, another of Canada's foremost poets. It's a great gardening book with descriptions done in almost poetic language. At the same time the stories he intersperses of his past life are often painful.
Jan 02, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
The first full book I read in 2013, it was an interesting, poetic way to hear how Kane, a talented writer, deals in recovery.

I liked the memories of growing up in B.C. as a poor family, as he then supports his own family, mixed with his love of his garden, how it heals in a way nothing else can for him.

The book dragged a bit, but I enjoyed it.
Feb 04, 2016 RileyV rated it it was ok
Shelves: up-for-grabs
I've given up on one book before and tonight adds a second. This one at this time isn't for me -- it's depressing and drags on so much so that my mind drifts while I read it and yet I've missed nothing in the mean time. Up for grabs.
Mar 31, 2013 Candis rated it it was amazing
This book I have passed on to many of my closest fellow readers. It touched me to the core. Most likely one of the most important books I
Have read in the past few years.. I also was born in Nelson BC and know much of this landscape; physical and emotionally.
Aug 01, 2008 Irene rated it really liked it
Live on and hurrah to flowers, plants and history.
Oct 08, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it
An open, honest memoir by a much-loved author.
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I only got about half way through... found it depressing and slow moving at a time when I was looking for something more uplifting. The writing is very good however...
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Patrick Lane was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, on March 26, 1939. He has no formal education beyond high school in Vernon, B.C. From 1957 to 1968 with his young wife, Mary, he raised three children, Mark, Christopher, and Kathryn, and began working at a variety of jobs, from common labourer, truck driver, Cat skinner, chokerman, boxcar loader, Industrial First-Aid Man in the northern b ...more
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