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Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan
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Well, I got this book from our Canadian friend, who wanted me to read something Canadian. So off course I had to read it to be able to tell him I read it and maybe have some not too stupid comment which indicates I liked the book...

Cos I did definitely not love the book. It took at least 100 pages to get what the book really was about and who the characters actually were, and what was the point with them. That is, it took that long to get into the book (of 412 pages). But now having read the whole book, I can tell u it was basically about identity in split country. In one way the book was actually quite interesting, cos I learned some things about the history of Canada that I didn't know. The book deals with the differences between the French-Canadians and the English-Canadians. And as for the title: I didn't know what it meant till I checked in the dictionary when I had nearly finished the book... Solitude means ensamhet, avskiljdhet (in case somebody else didn't know), so the title definitely makes sense. The book is about to people (the English-Cs and the French-Cs) who lived their own lives and didn't really want to mix, as well as about two particular people (the main characters Paul (French) and Heather (English)) who lived in their own solitudes 'till they found each other.

Well, but I can't say I really enjoyed the book, cos I'm really glad I have finished it now... At times the book was quite boring, and I mush admit that I read parts of it without paying full attention...
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