About twenty years ago, in Winnipeg, I saw a bumper sticker that seems to sum up this book: "Life is tough, then you die". This story of frontier pioneer life is a close psychological study of an isolated extended family. The ending leaves this reader with the hope that there will be a sequel that examines the impact of childhood experiences on the characters as they enter adulthood during and after the Second World War. Author Shandi Mitchell writes to all five senses; and with a fast paced juxtaposition of point-of-view (similar to watching television) especially in the last two-thirds of her novel.
beautiful story, heartbreaking in the style of Pearl Buck's "the good earth".
Ukrainian immigrants trying to settle down in the prairies in the 30's. Excellent book, could not put it down. I felt I was living in the cabin with the family, hoping for better days.
Family struggles on the Candian prairie during the depression years. Couldn't put it down and yet I was afraid to read on because of fear of what would happened to this struggling family on the next page, the nexp chapter.
A story of two immigrant families and their complicated relationship of love and hate which eventually leads to their downfall. The characters are all very distinct and contribute an important part in the outcome.
I could not put this book down. I admired the strength and courage of these immigrant families. I enjoyed it from the historical aspect but also as an admirerer of the determination of the human characters portrayed. The novel also illuminated just how much the human spirit can take before it is finally broken. It is a story that I will not forget.
Different from my norm, was well written, actually that is what kept me reading, will look for more from this author
Interesting read but very slow-moving. Great writing about the immigrant experience of the 1930s in Canada. I'd give it a 7 out of 10. (July 2012)
I picked this one up and couldn't put it down. It's the story of two families trying to make it homesteading in Alberta in the late 30's. If nature and the treatment from "established" families wasn't enough, the families themselves are their own worst enemies. I loved Teodor but all the characters felt very real.
This was such a compelling, beautifully told story. It really gave me a new perspective on the lives that built this country and the struggles they faced. Phenomenal.
This book was very well written, gripping, but also somewhat horrifying in its descriptions of Ukranian immigrants to Alberta and their struggle to survive farm life. It had a shocking ending that was difficult to read.
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