A beautiful novel by an under-appreciated Canadian writer, which traces a family of Cape Bretoners back to their Scottish roots and the Battle of Culloden, and forward to the present day. Good fortune and bad, humour and tragedy are all explored with a compassionate and authentic voice.
I've read it twice. A Nice Canadian novel. A little repetitive. Easy to read (not challenging). A little dated.
You meet Alexander as he visits his older, alcoholic brother, Calum. Whereby he gives you glimpses into his current life, as well as, tells his story from where it began hundreds of years earlier to help you understand his family or clan, and how they relate to each other. His story tells of heartache, loss, love, warmth, survival, and belonging to the Donald clan is more than just skin deep. Enjoyed.
A family history that recounts the ties between father and sons; and brothers. The great grandfather immigrates to Cape Breton with his twelve children (losing his wife on the voyage). They come and settle in to Cape Breton. This book provides a history of family, and tales of family ties, that span several generations. It is interesting the ties that keep the family together - no matter what. A well written, memorable book.
Wonderful book! I have been reading this year's Giller Prize short-listed books and felt frustrated. I picked this up by chance and this is exactly what I felt I was missing! I loved the storytelling, the relation of the immigrant experience, the love of family.
An enjoyable read that captures the immigrant experience in Canada.
Good read from the Maritimes
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