Clara Callan review Ñ 3

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Clara Callan review Ñ 3 æ A finely detailed depiction of the Depression era Clara Callan is told entirely in the letters and journal entries of two adult sisters Clara and Nora Callan and their older lesbian friend Evelyn The novel Wright's ninth made a surprising sweep of Canada's major awards for best novel the Giller Prize and the Governor General's AwarUlly place the reader at both the centre and the periphery of life in the 1930s Side trips to Italy and to view the Dionne uintuplets feel entirely authentic With deceptive simplicity the author creates a world of clear images Nora came in from her shuffleboard game with a sweater tied across her shoulders her hair damp from the rain Most importantly Wright has realized characters that come alive on the page uite a feat considering the self imposed limitations of this novel's form Mark Frutkin. I did enjoy this book It was an easy page turner that really didn't need any thinking about Yet another book that I would never have picked up myself but was sent as a presentHowever I really struggle to see what the author was trying to convey in the novel In many ways it seems haphazard and completely lacking in direction There is no build up and not really even a proper ending I can see how this and seemingly mundane details such as details of trips to the dentist makes it all the believable as a collection of diary entries and letters but I just don't understand why you would write the two most dramatic events of the novel into the first uarter of it leaving the reader amused but floundering for the remaining durationWithout meaning to sound preoccupied with gender what interested me most about this novel was why a male author had chosen to write such an explicitly feminine novel All the voices apart from one are female and although it is not PC to say so so are the areas of interest Don't get me wrong he does feminine incredible well but I was intriguedNice though it is I found this book completely un exceptional Struggling to see why it won the prizes it did

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A finely detailed depiction of the Depression era Clara Callan is told entirely in the letters and journal entries of two adult sisters Clara and Nora Callan and their older lesbian friend Evelyn The novel Wright's ninth made a surprising sweep of Canada's major awards for best novel the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award in 2001 Wright has the gift of making the reader care deeply about these characters and their worlds which include small town Ontario where Clara is a sensitive sc. Clara CallanGreat story telling and characters love the historical background and the strong but complicated female charactersCouldn't stop listening to this audiobook and the journal entriesepistolary structured works very well in audioHighly recommend it if you are looking a well written historical fiction that's also a page turner

review Clara Callan

Clara CallanHoolteacher and New York City where the younger Nora has moved to become a radio soap opera star Since both sisters are still on the shelf their roller coaster love lives Nora's in worldly Manhattan and Clara's in the restrictive atmosphere of small town spinsterhood are a primary subject of their letters and Clara's journal This is a uiet book studied and well researched but thoroughly engaging and readable Numerous references to period music political events and the looming war uite successf. As I mentioned I had mixed feelings about this one The beginning was great; I was enchanted Clara Callan the main character was a poetess and I uite identified with her and the way she viewed life I was delighted with the letters sent between the two sisters and I liked the contrast of the two voices the reserved pensive voice of Clara and the exuberant one of NoraActually I spent almost the whole book thinking I really liked Clara and Nora but by the end I realized my feelings of endearment had faded and I was left with a sense of disappointment and confusionPossible reasons for disappointment I was sorry to see religion and religious people portrayed in such a poor light and I was also sorry to see the almost double standards concerning abortion I hesitate to use that phrase though it's a tough and saddening subject plus I'm not sure the phrase can be used that way but it was the only way I could think of putting itI originally identified with Clara but eventually I noticed that she seemed to often focus on and return to sordid things The way she recounted her own experiences and various other stories came off as a bit morbid and made me feel a little uneasy Of course I was already on edge when I started reading because I had just had a traumatic experience that started with a CorningWare dish and ended with seven stitches But that is another storyThe characters Did they develop I'd have to say no they didn't They kept lackadaisically wandering and stumbling through life and didn't stop until the text ended Which leads to possible reasons for confusion Was there a point to all this The book that is Not the review I know there's no point to this review I don't need a definite conclusion at the end of a book but when the characters and plot are stagnating and my smile has faded I want something definite The bottom line is while I did enjoy reading most of this book it did not satisfy me like I had hoped it would