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Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
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Dec 11, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian-authors, canadian-reads, bookclub
Read in December, 2009

I read this as a stand alone and have not read Three Day Road yet. May have given 5 stars if I read the other first.

A double narrative that reads like oral tradition. Boyden's book brings to life two Cree tales that parallel each other and take us on a journey of self-discovery. We travel through black spruce to the city with Annie, and through black spruce to the edge of death as Will lies in his coma.

While we read about alcohol and drug addiction, biker gangs, muggings and rape, Boyden treats us to a Shakespearean style comedy where the narratives turn on mistaken identities, morals triumph, bad guys getting their just desserts and the good guys prevailing in the end.

A well balanced novel and well-deserved of the praise it has received.
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh I want to read this just to see the author twist tragedy into comedy. Must check out Three Day Road as well now. Thanks for all the great suggestions Shannon.

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