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Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
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Mar 24, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2007

I admire novelists who are able to capture the living soul of a culture. One of the best I’ve found in that regard is Canadian, east coast novelist Donna Morrissey. Her novels are vivid portraits of maritime Canada which probe the deep set values of the people who inhabit it. She also recreates the east coast dialect convincingly.

“Sylvanus Now” portrays a culture whose ingrained way of life is being pushed aside by the advance of technology. We watch as Sylvanus Now proudly and stubbornly resists the tide of change on principle and because the way of life is in his blood. His fate becomes interwoven with Addie who conversely longs to escape the life she was born to. The result is a fascinating sociological and psychological study.

Donna Morrissey’s distinct narrative voice echoes throughout “Sylvanus Now”. She has clearly found her niche and mines it both thoughtfully and passionately.
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