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It felt like a trip to the cottage -- I could picture Goose Lake very clearly. I could almost feel the heat and bugginess of a summer day, smell the pines and the lake smells, hear the silence of a forest broken by the distant sound of a motorboat on the next lake over. The novel explores where all the characters fit in this greater world, the world of beauty as represented by untamed nature.
What is the value of our small human life in light of the vast, neverending cycle of wildlives? How can its beauty save and uplift us? These are just some of the questions which arose in my reading. This was a great read, absorbing, evocative, rich. Full review at The Indextrious Reader Sep 23, SemneBune rated it it was amazing.
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Sep 26, Surreysmum rated it liked it Shelves: I'm glad I read this in what I think was a very good translation; my grasp of French wouldn't be nearly good enough to deal with the delicacy of the language, the subtlety of the imagery. Everybody who appears in this animated landscape is profoundly affected by it, but the effect is intriguingly dependent on the character of the person involved. Proulx is no sentimentalist about nature; there are disturbing depictions of animal suffering and death in this novel, as well as appreciations of the m I'm glad I read this in what I think was a very good translation; my grasp of French wouldn't be nearly good enough to deal with the delicacy of the language, the subtlety of the imagery.
Proulx is no sentimentalist about nature; there are disturbing depictions of animal suffering and death in this novel, as well as appreciations of the more harmonious elements of nature in the Laurentians. Nor is she a sentimentalist about the politics of development.
One of the major characters in the novel, an elderly woman named Lila, is unalterably opposed to the development of her property, even to the denial of her own conscience I'll leave the spoiler there - but Proulx makes clear by a sting in the epilogue that her determination cannot survive her passing, and the young boy she has recruited as her successor - wounded by his own trauma - eventually betrays her.
It's an almost impossible novel to summarize, either as to plot or to theme, but I do recommend it.
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Feb 12, Alison rated it it was amazing. I could totally relate to the nature in this book and how sometimes isolating yourself in it is not such as bad thing, or is it? The story of one summer in the lives of a handful of lakeside denizens "up north".
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One of the themes running throughout is truth -- what is true in the stories that the characters tell others and in the narratives they have about themselves? There is a consistently strong sense of place, tied to the knowledge and affection that some of the characters have of and for it.
I liked that there was a sort of epilogue a number of years later, so the reader could see some of the farther reaching effects The story of one summer in the lives of a handful of lakeside denizens "up north". I liked that there was a sort of epilogue a number of years later, so the reader could see some of the farther reaching effects of that one summer. Jan 13, K Kriesel rated it it was ok. I love in-depth, detailed descriptions of landscapes and wildlife. The characters are boring, and both cynicism and lewd thoughts were tacked onto them in an effort to make them less boring.
Don't get me wrong, I love lewd thoughts! But that is not an effective strategy to making someone interesting!
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If this book had only the landscape and wildlife, I would have enjoyed reading it so much more. Jul 10, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like the other Proulx books i've read, this one has a slow pace, but it builds beautifully. Jun 06, Noreen rated it liked it Shelves: May 05, Amy Ward rated it liked it. Intertwined stories of people staying at a lake in the Laurentians over a summer.
A bit hard to follow and somewhat depressing. Had to stop reading this twice to read lighter, more direct stories. These 20 brief symopses of their accomplishments should inspire each of us to do our part in conservation efforts. I have visited the Joubert's safari camp in Botswana and was most impressed with their emphasis on wildlife conservation. Amazing and inspiring stories from some great conservationists!
The stories in this book inspired me to pursue a degree in conservation and really do my part for the animals of the world. See all 16 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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