Book Reviews in May 1993 Issue

by John Murrell, Sharon Pollack, Michel Tremblay, Joyce Doolittle,

192 pages $16 TP
ISBN: 0887346243
Possible Worlds
by John Mighton,

168 pages $10.95 PT
ISBN: 0887544797
House Humans
by Daniel MacIvor,

pages $11.95 PT
ISBN: 0887545211
The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr
by Jovette Marchessault, Linda Gaboriau,

104 pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0889223149
Democracy A Play
by John Murrell,

pages $10.95 PF
ISBN: 0921368283
Book Review
Production Values
by Margaret Sweatman
It seems necessary to preface this review with a caveat, to point out some of the oddities of writing a review of stage plays.
The Dunsmuirs A Promise Kept
by Langley,

pages $13.95 TP
ISBN: 0889223041
by George Ryga, Kujundzic,

pages $29.95 TP
ISBN: 0889223130
Fragments from the Big Piece
by Brian W. Kaufman,

48 pages $6.95 CT
ISBN: 1895636027
Book Review
The Voice of a Prophet
by David Prosser
George Ryga is still honoured as a prophet who taught Canadian audiences that spiritual, artistic, and moral passion need not be incompatible with the experiences of their own lives.
Nemiah The Unconquered Country
by Gary Fiegehen, Rick Blacklaw, Vance Hanna, Terry Glavin,

153 pages $24.95 TP
ISBN: 0921586221
Shadows in the Sun Travels to Landscapes of Spirit & Desire
by Wade Davis,

260 pages $22.95 TC
ISBN: 1559633549
Book Review
Bonds to the Earth
by Don Gayton
In 1985, one of the last nomadic tribes on earth, the Penan, set up blockades to prevent roadbuilding and logging of their homeland in the remote jungles of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.
You Never Know And Other Stories
by Isabel Huggan,

Viking Penguin
224 pages $20 TP
ISBN: 0670838691
Book Review
Shifting Expectations
by Janice Keefer
Huggan has succeeded in retaining and extending and developing what made her debut collection such a success: a powerfully acute vision and a remarkable strength and honesty of voice, particularly when she writes about female sexuality.
A Frenchman in Search of Franklin De Bray's Arctic Journal, 1852-54
by Emile F. De Bray, William Barr, William Barr,

400 pages $35 TC
ISBN: 0802028136
Book Review
Lost in the Ice
by Allan Levine
In an age when the exploration of the new world was still held in awe - much as space travel was regarded in the 1960s - the mystery of Franklin's fate captured the imagination of European society.
Life & Times of Captain N
by D. Glover,

McClelland & Stewart/Tundra Books
pages $16.99 TC
ISBN: 0771033532
Book Review
An Eloquent Epitaph
by George Galt
Even books written 50 or 60 years ago can have some immediacy of time and place for readers not that old- we recognize the world implanted in us by our parents' and grandparents' personal lore.
The Facts Behind The Helsinki Roccamatios & Other Stories
by Yann Martel,

pages $19 TP
ISBN: 0394227328
Jogging in Havana
140 pages $14.95
ISBN: 0889625263
The Little Black Dress Tales from France
by Cary Fagan,

pages $11.95 TP
ISBN: 1551280051
Book Review
On Location
by Dan Bortolotti
ON BOTH of my visits to Europe I took along a notebook to record my impressions of the continent and its people. It seems that exotic locations bring out the latent poseur in a writer, whether attempting fiction or travelogue.
Towers of Debt The Rise & Fall of the Reichmanns
by Peter Foster,

pages $29.95 TC
ISBN: 1550134450
Book Review
Gurus and Gambles
by Jeff Walker
Reichmann, like any guru, cultivated a mystique that legitimated an impenetrable secrecy. The key Reichmann money secret was that an enormous debt pretty well cancelled out the magnificence of Olympia & York's assets.
by L. Dudek,

pages $13.95 PT
ISBN: 1550650327
Multiple Exposures, Promised Lands Essays on Canadian Poetry & Fiction
by Tom Marshall,

240 pages $18.95 TP
ISBN: 1550820478
Book Review
The Value of Judgement
by Michael Darling
In Canada we have many poets who are also critics, but very few who have contributed as much to our culture as has Louis Dudek.
No Other Life
by Brian Moore,

216 pages $26.5 TC
ISBN: 0394280040
Book Review
Bottom of the Order
by Lawrence Scanlan
In other years I have awaited the next Brian Moore novel as a baseball fan awaits spring training after a long white winter. The sense of reward was always heightened, even sweetened, by Mooreless months of denial.
Lovely in Her Bones
by J. Jill Robinson,

pages $12.95 PF
ISBN: 0889782601
Bad Luck Dog
by Dianne Warren,

pages $14.95 PF
ISBN: 1550500473
Book Review
Unremarkable People
by Daniel Jones
Warren's characters are unremarkable people. Beset with tragedy, they are incapable of altering their circumstances, or even of articulating their desires.
A History of Canada
by J. M. Bumsted,

512 pages $28.95 TP
ISBN: 0195406907
The Peoples of Canada A Post-Confederation History
by J. M. Bumsted,

600 pages $28.95 TP
ISBN: 0195409140
Book Review
The Smooth with the Rough
by Don Akenson
Despite what they taught you in school, Canadian history is boring. On the other hand, Canadian historians frequently are interesting. Take Jack Bumsted. He's the kind of guy you'd want to know, have a few drinks with, argue a bit.
Drawing down a Daughter
by Claire Harris,

112 pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 0864921357
Mother, Not Mother
by Di Brandt,

pages $11.95 PT
ISBN: 0920544916
Book Review
Pain and Glory
by Rozena Maart
Claire Harris's 'Drawing Down a Daughter' and Di Brandt's 'Mother, Not Mother' both give birth, through words, to the realities of the lives of women.
Vancouver A Visual History
by MacDonald,

pages $45 TC
ISBN: 0889223114
Once upon an Island Images of Vancouver Island
by Michael Orton,

96 pages $14.99 TC
ISBN: 0920501826
Kikyo Coming Home to Powell Street
by Tamio Wakayama,

120 pages $29.95 CT
ISBN: 1550170627
The Fraser Valley A History
by John Cherrington,

300 pages $46.95 TC
ISBN: 1550170686
Working in the Woods A History of Logging on the West Coast
by Ken Drushka,

pages $44.95 TC
ISBN: 1550170724
Where the People Gather
by Vickie Jensen,

pages $29.95 TC
ISBN: 1550540289
Cork Lines & Canning Lines
by Geoff Meggs, Duncan Stacey,

166 pages $14.99 TC
ISBN: 1550540505
Behind the Chutes The Mystique of the Rodeo Cowboy
by Rosamond Norbury,

128 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 1551100312
Book Review
At the Cutting Edge
by Pat Barclay
The answers to British Columbia's environment questions are hardly clear-cut.
The Economies of Language
by Brian Fawcett
Having captured her emotions in poetry, Evelyn Lau prepares to express them at novel length.
Letters to Editor
Letters to Editor
Letters may be edited for length or to delete potentially libellous statements. Except in extraordinary circumstances, letters of more than 500 words will not be accepted for publication.
Continental Shift
by Alan Twigg
British Columbia's readers, writers, and publishers are setting the place for the Canadian book world.
Work in Progress - Shoot
by George Bowering
Then he saw a slightly unnatural pile of fir boughs beneath a tree just behind the edge of the forest. McLean smiled and cocked his rifle...
Figures of Authority
by Irene Mock
Cynthia Flood comes to terms with the parental and the political.
Waiting for Li Ming
by Alan Cumyn,

274 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 0864921462
by Wendy MacIntyre,

236 pages $12.95 PT
ISBN: 0889821224
Cape Breton Quarry
by Stewart Donovan,

57 pages $7.95 TP
ISBN: 0895415445
The Manuscript of Jow Smithwitz
by Monty Robins,

State Mutual Book & Periodical Service, Limited
323 pages $50 CT
ISBN: 1872795587
First Novels
First Novels - Cross-Breeding Genres
by Gary Draper
This is an old-fashioned novel, not interested in experiment for its own sake, perhaps even technically unadventurous. It succeeds admirably, and as it approaches its double-barrelled climax, it is harder and harder to put down.
Field Notes
Field Notes - The Jury Is In
by Andrew Vaisius
Perhaps this is simply a helpful gesture to tasteless, ignorant, rookie jurors. I politely decline, though I express the hope that the critiques will be brought to the meeting so we can all share them.
George Fetherling
Baleful Expressions
by Alec McEwen
The occasion of Princess Anne's second marriage prompted a number of newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic to remark that this was the first wedding of a divorced royal person in England since Henry VIII.
George Bowering Selected 1961-1992
244 pages $14.99
ISBN: 0771015941
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Poetry
by Michael Redhill
The poems in "Curious" are so turned in on themselves that they become black holes, gobbling up the world without emitting any light.
Road Works
by Denise Bukowski,

pages $9.95 TP
ISBN: 0888783256
Eyes Like Pigeons
by Roberta Rees,

pages $10.95 TP
ISBN: 0919626610
Emma's Dead
by Carol Malyon,

90 pages $12 TC
ISBN: 0919897312
Poems from a Heart in Exile
by Ho Hiep Lam,

pages $10.95 PT
ISBN: 0920661289
Beneath the Naked Sun
by Fife,

pages $10.95 PF
ISBN: 0920813593
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Poetry
by Rita Donovan
Canadian poetry has often been criticized for being complacent, and the damning image is that of poets sitting around and writing poetry for other poets.
Ruin of Feathers
by S. Lundin,

pages $11.95 PT
ISBN: 0920661238
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Sherri Telenko
A glance at several students repeatedly sifting through the dirt they squatted in under a noon summer sun was my first, and last, exposure to archaeology.
Shades The Whole Story of Dr. Tin
by Tom Walmsley,

pages $13.95 CT
ISBN: 0889782547
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Daniel Jones
'Shades' is a funny, sexy, and inventive novel -a vicious social satire in the tradition of Jonathan Swift and William Burroughs.
Beyond Happiness Intimate Memoirs Of Billy Lee Belle
by Peter McGehee,

pages $9.95 PF
ISBN: 1550500503
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Daniel Jones
'Beyond Happiness' is a delightful book about one man's attempts to find love and happiness, written at a time when the effects of HIV and AIDS had only begun to be known.
Fossil Hunter
by Robert J. Sawyer,

304 pages $5.99 MM
ISBN: 0441248845
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by George Kaufman
Robert Sawyer uses his creations to make many clever anthropological and philosophical observations, to be sure; but the real strength of this story is the compassion and empathy he manages to arouse for these beasts.
Jazz Lives
by Gene Lees, John Reeves,

240 pages $39.95 CT
ISBN: 189556512X
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Robin Britt
In performance, these musicians are alert, intense, often manic explorers of the interface between the composed and the improvised; in repose, as here, they blend into the everyday human scene with all too instantaneous alacrity.
The Princess of Spadina
by Ramabai Espinet, Veronica Sullivan,

L P C/InBook
32 pages $6.95 PF
ISBN: 0920813666
Lonely Seagull
by Book, Stewart,

pages $8.95 PT
ISBN: 0921254407
Big Little Dog
by Ruurs, Houde,

pages $7.65 PT
ISBN: 0921254466
Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay
by Peter Cumming, Alice Priestley,

32 pages $15.95 LB
ISBN: 1550372769
Pegasus & Ooloo-Moo-Loo
by Wendy Orr, Ruth Ohi,

32 pages $14.95 LB
ISBN: 1550372785
Don't Be Scared, Eleven
by Richard Thompson, Eugenie Fernandes,

24 pages $14.95 LB
ISBN: 1550372866
The King & the Tortoise
by Tololwa Mollel, Kathy Blankley,

32 pages $16.95 CT
ISBN: 189555540X
Children's Books
Children's Books - Correct Expressions
by David Homel
One of the elements that lets children learn through reading is naturalness. If a book is to deliver a certain point of view, it should flow from the story and/or pictures themselves.
At Large
At Large - Runners-Up
by Michael Coren
Did Quixotic and somewhat absurd gym teachers actually mean it when they told generations of their charges that "it is not the winning but the taking part that is important"? Surely not.
Douglas Fetherling
Douglas Fetherling - A Different Kind of Life
by Douglas Fetherling
The First World War opened up the possibility of a different kind of life, and Elsa Gidlow got a typist's job in Montreal and found the woman who became her first companion.

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