Ghost stories I absolutely loved Gail Anderson Dargatz s rich writing style just "Turn To Page 158 "to page 158 see how powerful her figurative language can be I was lucky nough to hear the author read this passage aloud a few years ago it lucky nough to hear the author read this passage aloud a few years ago it most of the women in the audience uite flushed I also loved that this
was a story about women s strength and a story about women s strength and set in a time period when women had very little power Finally I was delighted by the magical realism within the book I was reminded of Esuivel s Like Water for Chocolate Before recommending the book to any of my students however I d warn them of the often harsh circumstances which Beth being a farm girl sometimes has to witness in this book The cycle of life and death on the Weeks farm is often red in tooth and claw and there were several animal deaths in the first third of the novel which could upset a naive reader For this reason I will highly recommend it to any person who would like to read it individually but would not offer it as a class novel That being said I am putting myself on the waiting list for Anderson Dargatz s Recipe for Bees and Turtle Island I can t wait to read of her work This is my all time favourite book written by Gail I have read it twice Twenty years or so after reading The Cure for Death by Lightening A Recipe for Bees and A Rhinestone Button I found myself mulling over the influence that Gail Anderson Dargatz has had on my future literary xploration Twenty years ago her novel was nominated for The Giller Prize a literary award newly The Baby Swap Miracle established in 1994 to celebratexcellent Canadian writers Knopf Canada had launched a program The New Face of Fiction in 1996 to bring Canadian authors to the attention of the country s readers and Gail s first book was among themBecause of her novel I became a person who paid attention to The Giller Prize process from the nomination stage to the win I was introduced to vast talent who I d never met before and a plethora of previously undiscovered serious literary styles I didn t realize it at the time but Gail introduced me to magical realism in her novels where I smoothly absorbed myself into the magical storytelling and merged nchanted Isabel Allende then held no rapture for me Gail s books led me to try authors which I would formerly have by passed The gentle magical realism slightly fantastical turns in the novels of Sarah Allen Addison and Joshilyn Jackson further increased my appreciation for the genre Perla by South American author Caroline de Robertis the lauded The Snow Child and the haunting critic s favourite Wolf Winter I owe the risk tasking and resulting pleasure to Gail Anderson Datgatz Thank you so much Gail Reviewers descriptions of The Cure For Death By Lightning like brilliantbewitchingMysterious ngaging are no xaggeration The Boston Globe describes the style as Pacific Northwest Gothic and I find it fitting This talented writer transports us to the interior of British Colombia during World War Two into the life of 15 year old Beth Weeks Although a mature teen would probably appreciate H an Indian girl connects her to a mythology that nriches her landscape; and an unexpected protector shores up her world Set on an isolated Canadian farm in the midst of World War II The Cure for Death by Lightning vokes a life at once harshly demanding and rich in sensory pleasures the deafening chatter of starlings the sight of thou. .
This has got to be one my favourite books of the year so far I bought this book from a charity shop for 20p as I was attracted by the coverI was literally hooked right from the very start Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation even with the descriptive welcoming of the setting and some 375 rtcThis was a very fast book to read but one that was a bit hard to digest I had to take some time to think over thevents of the book and my reactions to it This is a book that spans about a year in a small village situated in British Columbia during WW2 Our main character Beth is a girl around 1415 who is growing up in a family that is isolated from itself and from the community The novel displays the tense atmosphere between Beth her brother her mother her father and the two Indigenous boys who work for the family It s one filled with the toxic atmosphere of the many demons plaguing ach member and the inevitable horrors they incur on one another Review Continued Here Absolutely loved this book One of the small things that appealed to me was that it followed in time logically rather than skipping back and forth as so many current storytellers seem to
Like I Really LikeI really like deep character development and the setting was fascinating It is set on prairie farm during WWII Lots of detail suspense conflict She is a very descriptive writer with wonderful images Edging close to being my top ten of all time I started this book yesterday and couldn t put it down It s got that uintessential Canadian thing going on poetry and myth and character and landscape all blended together and xperienced from the perspective of a teenage girl in a difficult family I like
"The Way That Nobody "way that nobody perfect in this novel The characters are all well developed and richly layered I re read this novel as part of my current uest to discover some new offerings to place on my grade 11 independent study reading list next semester While I won t be adding it to their list and I ll Generations and Collective Memory explain why momentarily it wasvery bit as njoyable the second time around The novel unfolds on a family farm in the remote Turtle Valley BC in the 1940 s The narrator is 15 year old Beth Weeks whose personal coming of age struggles are juxtaposed against several bizarre and frightening occurrences in her community the grisly death of her classmate which is dubiously blamed on a bear the appearance of strange portents in the natural world which are shrugged off by all witnesses and the increasingly rratic and violent behaviour among the men in the community including Beth s father His unpredictable moods blamed on a head injury he suffered during the Great Warleave the From Notes to Narrative entire family including the two hired hands walking onggshells daily It soon becomes clear to the reader with the help of some wonderful aboriginal characters who live on the nearby reservation that what is plaguing the community is not human the Trickster Coyote has returned to Turtle Valley and is wreaking havoc in the community How can he be stopped when almost Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America everyone whites and aboriginals have forgotten the old ways and no longer believe in. When fifteen year old Beth Week’s family is attacked by a grizzly her father becomes increasingly violent making him a danger to his neighbors his family andspecially Beth Meanwhile several young children from the nearby Indian reservation have gone missing and Beth fears that something is pursuing her in the bush But friendship wit. .
T The Cure For Death By Lightning is absolutely not a YA novel It is also not for the sueamish Taking place on an isolated farm there are fairly graphic descriptions of a the kind of things that normally happen on farms like farm animals getting slaughteredfarm animals getting attacked by wild animals as well as humans getting attacked by wild animals and vis versa and sexual abuse against animals
This Is Just The Backdrop For The Actual Isis just the backdrop for the actual story is Beth of age in a very family coping with both poverty and mental illness Her father both paranoid and aggressive sexually abuses her Her mother retreats into her own world talking to her dead mother Bullied by the kids in her school Beth finds refuge in her friendships with some of the First Nations living in the reserve nearby Some of these characters like Filthy Billy named because he has Tourette s syndrome and Nora a girl her age with lesbian tendencies became my favourite characters along with Beth In spite of the harsh subject matter this is a beautiful book and I could not put it down The magical realism is subtle with flowers raining from the sky a magic scrapbook that always has new pages appearing an invisible coyote spirit or is it a crazy man who follows just out of sight This leads me to my only reservation regarding this book It s one that several other people have made too The author uses the First Nations Coyote figure as a menacing presence in the story It is my understanding that the Coyote is of a trickster I am not versed nough in Native American folklore say if this is always the case however it seems to me like it would have been appropriate to use a different figure better yet create her own possibly inspired by many myths That being said I am looking forwarding to reading by Gail Anderson Dargatz in fact I have the seuel Turtle Valley with me now This was a good book It was well written and I liked the lements of the magical peppered throughout But I just didn t Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) enjoy it Between the lengthy descriptions of farm chores and the baking of desserts I spent much of this book wondering where it was going and what it was building toward I also found that none of the characters resonated I have finished the book with no greater insight into any of the people notven the protagonist I know many people love this book and I don t want to dissuade others from giving it a chance But for me I had to give it 2 stars because as much as I wanted to reward its uality I truly didn t like reading it and have finished it with a sense of so what The Cure for Death by Lightning is definitely a Canadian book If you ve ver spent time in one of Canada s many isolated rural communities you ll understand what I m talking about Makeshift worlds friendship with some of the strangest yet most alluring and interesting people uniue culture and an atmosphere of magic Anderson Dargatz captures it all very well in this historical fiction novel set over half a century ago Beth is a wonderful and ndearing main character and the uirky people in her life are ually as well Sands of painted turtles crossing a road the smell of baking that fills the Weeks’s kitchen The novel is sprinkled throughout with recipes and remedies from the scrapbook Beth’s mother keeps a boon to Beth as she learns to face down her demons and one of many lements that give The Cure for Death by Lightning its nchanting vitality. ,