Through Black Spruce

Through Black Spruce

eBook - 2009
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Maintaining a bedside vigil for her comatose uncle, Annie Bird remembers a painful search for her missing sister, while her Uncle Will, a legendary Cree bush pilot, ruminates on a tragic betrayal that cost him his family.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780143175650
Branch Call Number: 813/.6 22
Characteristics: 1 online resource (417 p.)


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Jan 08, 2020

The book “Through Black Spruce” By Joseph Boyden was an extreme adventure! Disregarding the controversial history behind the author’s heritage, the plot is extremely creative and a wonderful part of Joseph’s loose trilogy. The creative part of Joseph Boyden’s book, is that it introduces two point of views from two different related characters. They have similar character traits and have a different outlook on modern life. The book beautifully portrays different themes, including identity, nature, family, and Indigenous culture. The setting is in Canada. The book shows a struggle of keeping a code-switch between the modern world and the history of Indigenous heritage. The process the book followed was random at times. The plot has many symbols that are very deep and connecting towards the identity of the characters. Although the book seemed to have some holes in the plot, the book was a great read from start to finish and I look forward to reading the loose trilogy altogether. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This novel was a 4 stars nothing more nothing less. The creativity of HAVING two point of views that were altering from the chapter to chapter really boosted it’s score. It would’ve reached a 5 if the plot was a little less confusing and more complete. @TheRomanV of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 08, 2015

Boyden is a masterful writer and speaker. A must read.

Jul 24, 2015

Read 'Three Day Road" and enjoyed it.

Had this one to read for our Book club.

Read half of it then the last 4 chapters as I found the constant jumping back and forward between characters very disconcerting.

Enjoyed the descriptions of Nothern Ontario

Feb 27, 2015

I just couldn't get going with this book. I have enjoyed this author, maybe if I read more I would have liked it.

ehbooklover Feb 13, 2015

A fast-paced story, a beautifully described setting, and a very effective use of alternating narratives made for a hard to put down book by a talented Canadian author. Overall it is an extremely bleak and depressing book, yet I found the ending a little too "happily-ever-after".

Apr 30, 2014

I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book- then I read it and now I think about it and talk about it often. It was excellent!
I could go on and on about how much I learned about contemporary Aboriginal life. I learned to love the characters. This is a must read for people who love fiction.

_North Jun 04, 2013

A great read up until the end, Borden's level of detail and immersion are lost as the final chapters rush through a somewhat disappointing ending. Additionally, some of the symbolism and things that were shown early in the novel had no relevance later on. Borden's telling of native life up near the bay is the closest you'll get to experiencing it without being there.

Mar 06, 2013

One of my favourite books. An intriguing plot holds together a sympathetic and amusing narrative of life in native communities or the life of native americans who find themselves in other communities. One caution for the reader who gets into a book: put the book down when you finish and in particular don't read the bookish/academic questions for discussion at the end or the author's bio. The charm of this book is the way in which weaves a sense of the special atmosphere of small communities. The academic discussion questions at the end completely shattered (at least temporarily) what the book had taken hundreds of pages to create.

loonylovesgood Jan 29, 2013

I don't read enough Canadian fiction, and I really should read more, because this was a great book. I found it hard to put down near the end. Well-written and really gave you a sense of what it is like to live in the Canadian north (even if it is just Northern Ontario).

Dec 12, 2011

Two stories are masterfully told as a mystery unfolds, with beautiful imagery and depth of character. I loved that the characters were the descendents of the characters in Three Day Road, but it is not a sequel to that novel.

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Mar 13, 2012

From internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden comes an astonishingly powerful novel of contemporary aboriginal life, full of the dangers and harsh beauty of both forest and city. When beautiful Suzanne Bird disappears, her sister Annie, a loner and hunter, is compelled to search for her, leaving behind their uncle Will, a man haunted by loss.While Annie travels from Toronto to New York, from modelling studios to A-list parties,Will encounters dire troubles at home. Both eventually come to painful discoveries about the inescapable ties of family. Through Black Spruce is an utterly unforgettable consideration of how we discover who we really are.

Boyden paints an intricate portrait of contemporary Aboriginal communities around James Bay through the lives of two warring families, descendants of characters from his first novel, the award-winning Three Day Road.

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