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3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Set against the austere landscape of northern Labrador, Windflower is the poignant story of Elsa Kumachuk, a young Inuit woman torn between two worlds by the birth of her blond-haired, blue-eyed son. Unacknowledged by his father, an American GI, the child is welcomed into the Inuit community with astonishment and delight. Elsa, however, must come to terms with the conflict ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by New Canadian Library (first published 1970)
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Jun 26, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it
(9/10) Sparse, careful, and ultimately beautiful. An essentially Canadian novel, both in its female-oriented realist narrative (more interesting than it sounds, I promise) and its interest in the collision of Indigenous and colonizer, and the attempt at a reconciliation while still acknowledging that the rift between the two races isn't fully healable. Roy's gift is taking the framework of a social realist novel (here a story about the lack of opportunities for Ella and her mixed-race son as she ...more
May 16, 2012 Rojo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another English 12 book. This wasn't that bad, though. I didn't really know anything about who the author was, or what the book was about, but after reading the first couple pages, there was a lot that jumped out at me.
The first thing was how different everything seemed, and how--on some level that I don't even know--I related to the story. The book follows Elsa, a teenage Eskimo girl in northern Canada who get "raped" (she didn't know what was happening, but we as the readers do, so it wasn't r
Mar 22, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok
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Quite lovely, acting and moving...a small book..but a good read.
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i like Gabrielle Roy.
a timeless and humane message retrieved from the news of the world.
Jan 27, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Sad. Work in translation. Canadian literature. Possibly racist. Who knows.
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Gabrielle Roy was born in March 1909 in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, the youngest of eleven children. Her mother and father, then, were relatively old at the time of her birth -- 42 and 59 respectively. Like Christine's father in Rue Deschambault (Street of Riches), Léon Roy worked as a colonisation officer for the Department of Immigration, a position he held between 1897 and 1915. His politically m ...more
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