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The Laughing One: A Journey To Emily Carr

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Through research, fictionalized accounts of key events in Emily Carr’s life, and the author’s own forays into Carr territory, Crean makes startling connections between Carr’s nineteenth-century sensibility and our present concerns with the environment, assimilation, and destruction of native culture, spirituality, and identity.
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by HarperFlamingo Canada
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Nov 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is actually the first biography about the Canadian west coast artist Emily Carr that I have read. In being so, I am not used to someone dissecting and psychoanalyzing her. I have just enjoyed getting to know her through her paintings, stories she wrote of her life and her journals. When someone delves into the heart of another, speculation and biases are bound to occur. For that reason, I did find parts of this book over done.
I did enjoy the different perspective that Crean brings to Carr t
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this book way more than I thought I would. I picked it up from the library thinking it was a pretty traditional biography, and then when I got home and looked closer, was surprised to find it mixed historical research with the author's own personal memoirs, fictionalized accounts of parts of Carr's life, and modern day cultural criticism on various issues that the author felt were related to Carr's life and work.
But it was a surprisingly easy read, and I actually found the "extras" made
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Susan Crean is a cultural critic, author, and activist. A writer for over 30 years, Crean's expertise is in Canadian history, art and culture, topics on which she has written extensively.

She has been a pioneer of creative non-fiction in Canada, and is the author of seven books, the first, 'Who’s Afraid of Canadian Culture', appearing in 1976. Her next major work, 'The Laughing One – A Journey to

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