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The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud: A book review


I can’t imagine two first-time novels being more different than The Bone Cage and Johanna Skibsrud’s Giller Prize winner The Sentimentalists. The former relies heavily on the meat and potatoes of narrative writing while the latter delivers a slow evocative story with beautiful, lyrical passages that pause (sometimes endlessly) on details that don’t often advance the story.

Johanna Skibrud clearly lends her poetic talents to this thoughtful exploration of the impact of war and memory on family and the isolation it creates in generations that come long after the war is over.

Napoleon Haskell is an American Vietnam war veteran who leaves his North Dakota trailer home and moves to Casablanca, Ontario to live with Henry, the father of his best friend Owen, who died under mysterious circumstances during the war. His grown, daughter, whose own life is at a crossroads, goes to spend the summer with her father and Henry at the old house where she had spent many summers as a child. Continue reading

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2011 Reading List

Last year this time I came up with the great idea that I would read 100 books in 2010. Of course I forgot about the Olympics, I also forgot to calculate exactly how much reading this would require and last but not least I forgot about life. So I never attained this goal. Am I sad? No.  Instead I read at my leisure and came across some amazing writers.

This year Dave and I gave each other books and lots of em’. My reading list for this year is looking like this:

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
The Sentimentalist by Johanna Skibsrud
Vimy by Pierre Berton
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steve Galloway
The Third Reich at War by Richard Evans (Dave said this was an amazing book)
Dispatches by Michael Herr
The Trouble with Islam Today by Irshad Manji
Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis by Alana Mitchell
The Shallows (I decided to read this after reading this review) Nicholas Carr
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Any recommendations? I love to hear about great books either fiction or non-fiction so drop me a line if I’m missing out on something great.

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