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The Garden of Eden A brief summary of this book recently widowed fifty something Saskatchewan farm woman travels to Africa in search of her estranged niece and discovers the meaning of life Described this way it sounds like it could possibly be a good read but it disappointed me and left me wanting something Not only did very little really happen in this novel but I didn't feel much sympathy for the characters or find the story very believable either Introspective novels are fine when done well but I fail to accept that the protagonist in this novel could basically sleep walk through fifty two years of life and then suddenly have epiphany after epiphany and finally figure life out in a matter of weeks In addition to the navel gazing the author also decided to get on the sustainable agriculture soap box in a very preachy way This could have been incorporated into the story in a much subtle way and worked fine but as it is it feels like we are being bashed over the head with the message This is very unfortunate as the author has a great deal of talent if only she could focus it on an actual story Her descriptions of the prairie landscape and understanding of rural people and agriculture are wonderful I grew up on a prairie farm albeit in Alberta and can say that she writes about the prairies and farm life with a great deal of authenticity If she could take that ability and tell a believable story with it she could do great things This author is from Saskatoon Sask I liked this book even though it had an unusual story for me anyway I started Sharon Butala's books in the mid nineties Going by what Celestine Prophesies had to say I was prepared to pick up whatever stones showed up on my path turn them over and see what they had for meIf a book falls from the shelf landing at your feet you're supposed to read itCoyote's Morning Cry did just that fell off the shelf at the library as I was going over the 'Best Bets' section I took it home and loved it Have been a fan ever sinceNow this one again it fell at my feet I earn books from the Toronto Public Library through their book discussion site Book Buzz Every 3 months or so they send a list of extraneous stock out to the members we choose from 3 Last time I saw this one by SB and scooped itJeff and I have made it our midnight read aloud We enjoyed it Learned a lot about land our own here in Canada and Ethiopia Addis Abba capital of Ethiopia I won't forget that now And am proud to be able to pronounce it addEEze ahBUHbuh Found it in a crossword puzzle the other night funny how things have a way of popping up all in the same time period there ya go Celestine Prophesies Know your Celestine Prophesies and man you've got your whole life figured out trust meSharon I'm giving this book a 5 a stellar piece of work as alwaysThanks for being there eh Iris a farmer's wife living comfortably near the small town of Chinook finds her life suddenly out of control Jolted out of her complacency by death grieving for lost love guilty over an aging mother she sets out on a uest for self understanding If only she can find her niece Lannie whom she once raised perhaps she will be able to understand her troubling dreams the mysterious ache in her heart But does Lannie want to be found Or is Iris the one who is really lost The Garden of Eden is brilliantly imagined novel of family disintegration and renewal written in the simple but powerful style that so endears her to her readers Grounded in the prairie landscape that Butala has made very much her own it is at the same time a universal story interweaving history myth dream and vision It explores with passion and insight the inextricable relationship between the land on which people live and their secret inner landscapesSharon Butala's clear eyed rendering of the lives of ordinary people her profound respect for what the land can teach and her remarkable ability to capture the inner life make The Garden of Eden a novel of great richness and compassion The Garden of Eden is a seuel to her first novel Country of the Heart published in 1984

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