Archive for the ‘colonialism’ Tag

Canadiana

A blog concerning Canadian history can be found at:  http://www.canadiana.ca/en/blog

It provides access to a fee based database, partially accessible to the public.  In it you will find interesting books that have been digitized such as, The Life and Times of Kateri Tekakwitha, The Lily of the Mohawks, 1656 – 1680, by Ellen H. Walworth.   I have not read the book in its entirety but it appears to provide a ‘white’ perspective of the Mohawk peoples at that period historically.  One can only wonder what Kateri would make of it.

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The Secret Life of Bees

The year – 1964.

The location – South Carolina.

The politics – African Americans are given the right to vote.

Sue Monk Kidd’s (2002) novel, The Secret Life of Bees, tells the story of Lily Owens, a young girl who seems to remember murdering her mother.  On her personal quest to find out all she can about her mother, and in an attempt to get away from an abusive father, she runs away with Rosaleen, the family housekeeper, and serendipitously discovers the home her mother had run away to years earlier.

This is the story of a child wanting a mother, but underlying that story is another of the complicated relationships between women of different races at a time and in a place when racism was the norm.  It is a story about women helping women.

ISBN #978-0-14-299174-5

Mister Pip – best book for 2009!

Lloyd Jones’ takes his reader on a journey into the mind of coming-of-age Matilda, his protagonist and narrator, as she discovers the world of story.  Mister Pip, named after the character in Dickens’ Great Expectations, reveals the benefits of story and story telling.  Set on a war torn island in the south Pacific, Mister Pip takes both the children of the island and the reader into a world of imagination.  Jones is so talented a writer that even the reader is shocked back to ‘reality’ when confronted with the brutal deaths of two principal characters.  This is a must read for anyone interested in story telling and its benefits.  It is also what I think of as my best read of 2009.

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, 2008, Toronto:  Random House, ISBN 978-0-676-97928-2.