Boyden’s new novel, The Orenda, is a finalist in this year’s Canada Reads competition. It’s been highly acclaimed for its look at the relationships between indigenous groups and settlers prior to the formation of Canada in the 17th Century.
But it’s also faced criticism for its portrayal of some of those people and the violence between them.
Still, the book’s capacity as powerful new art that forces the mainstream to take note of indigenous issues and experiences transcends that debate and fuels an importation conversation.
"These were incredibly complex, sophisticated people that have been around for 10,000 years when the Jesuits arrived, as complex a spiritual system, as complex a society, as complex a social system as anyone in the world," says Boyden.
"This novel, in a way, is an exploration of this first wrestling with different world views – that we still see today, in First Nations life versus the western world."
Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Price in 2005. His 2008 novel Through Black Spruce won the Scotiabank Giller Prize that year. Born in Willowdale, Ont., of Irish, Scottish and Métis heritage, Boyden writes about First Nations characters and life both in modern and historical settings.
|Wab Kinew the champion for The Orenda|
Amazing intellect and speaker
Someone to watch for
If you haven't been listening to the broadcast you can still see the podcast on CBC/Q.ca which will show you how Canadians can sit and talk about literature and hold the countries interest for four days. It tells me our country is more than just hockey!!
I also finished the book A Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston yesterday. I had to finish it for Saturday so had left it until this week to read. It was a wild ride. I heard the author speak and read from the book at the University of New Brunswick in the fall so I could picture him talking about it while I read. He has a darkly funny side to him but I was grossed out at times especially during the last scene of the book. It is more a reflection of my own squeamishness than a reflection of the writing. He also wrote Navigator of New York and Colony of Unrequited Dreams which are also strange in their own way but also difficult to put down once you get into them. I would encourage anyone who wants to stretch your reading muscles to read books by both of these authors from start to finish.
As I was wandering through Chapters yesterday looking for two of the books I am reading to finish my Thursday book club books for this year I came upon a shelf with a set of Helen McInnes books.
|I wonder if Joseph and Wayne have books like these on their desks?|