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Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
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Sep 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: canada
Read from September 12 to 13, 2011

This novel is deeply embedded in Canada's north. It conjured up the bleakness, isolation and danger of those distant lands in a convincing and fascinating way. I enjoyed every chapter.

I did find that there was a bit too much foreshadowing, which in the end seemed unjustified, but that's only a minor quibble. The background detail of disastrous Arctic explorations gave an interesting historical aspect, while the more recent impact of the 1970s Berger inquiry into the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline was also educational in its recognition of the rights of Canada's aboriginal peoples.

In the end, the story seemed to be about the arbitrary nature of human lives, loves, and losses, as well as the deep impact that one individual can have on those they meet.
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“You stand next to the sea and you're in touch with all your longings and all your losses.”
Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air


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