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Bear by Marian Engel
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There's no point in avoiding the most notorious part of this book - yes, our protagonist f**ks a bear. But the book is not a bodice ripper, it's not titillating, and the bear is not anthropomorphized. Instead, it's the story of a woman who cherishes her solitude (maybe), enjoys her work as an archivist, and has the rare opportunity to catalog a library in a historic house in an isolated spot that comes complete with bear. The book has a wonderful sense of place, and the language feels clean, clear and grounded, although there's a little whiff of fairytale too. The protagonist is more than she seems at first, but in a very unflashy way. And the bear is a bear.
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Reading Progress

January 9, 2018 – Shelved
June 10, 2019 – Started Reading
June 11, 2019 – Finished Reading

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