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She had long set aside As the decade draws to a close and the lives of these beautifully drawn characters become entwined each of them must decide what to share and what to hide and how their actions will lead them into the futureWith the narrative power and writerly grace for which she is celebrated Frances Itani has crafted a deeply moving emotionally rich story about the burdens of the past She shows us how ultimately the very secrets we bury to protect ourselves can also be the cause of our undoing Tell is stunning achievement g. 35 review to follow

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The bestselling author of the award winning international sensation Deafening returns to the period following the First World War with a tour de force an extraordinary novel of secrets withheld and secrets revealedIn 1919 only months after the end of the Great War the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past both visible and hidden Kenan a young soldier who has returned from the war damaged and disfigured confines himself to his small house on the Bay of uinte wandering outside only under the cover of n. Canada in 2014 has seen a large number of events marking the start of World War One far too many of them in my view aimed at conveying pride in Canada's participation despite the tens of thousands of our citizens killed and the many wounded in a war which settled little and led to even devastating conflict just 21 years later This fine novel by Frances Itani Tell provides a much appropriate perspective probing beautifully the harsh impact of World War One on Canadian soldiers and their families Itani is a well established author but this novel is especially good and has been nominated for the 2014 Giller Prize along with five others All these books this year are marked by a social and political relevance that is unusual for English Canadian fiction The six as a whole provide insights into mental illness the abuse of human rights the devastations of war and terrorism and the realities of povertyTell is particularly powerful in its examination of the effects of war The account it presents is constrained geographically confined mostly to the small town of Deseronto just by Lake Ontario A wounded soldier Kenan Oak returns from World War One to face the difficult task of readjusting to his marriage and his family but on this small canvass a deeply emotional though fundamentally simple story plays out The relationships that Itani traces interact with intricate subtlety and an intensity that builds powerfully but slowly for the reader Kenan's memory and changed ties convey the devastation of the war the destruction of illusions about heroism in battle and also the potential about links with others rebuilding life Itani is also especially compelling in her accounts of women taking control of their own lives in this context of social changeThis is the first of Itani's books that I have read and I am deeply impressed More of her novels will certainly be on my To Read list Le Vent jaune : Récits period following the First World War with a tour de force an extraordinary novel of secrets withheld and secrets revealedIn 1919 only months after the end of the Great War the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the L'inconscient de l'islam past both visible and hidden Kenan a young soldier who has returned from the war damaged and disfigured confines himself to his small house on the Bay of uinte wandering outside only under the cover of n. 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Islam et conception politique du monde perspective Les Barbaresques (TEMPUS t. 220) probing beautifully the harsh impact of World War One on Canadian soldiers and their families Itani is a well established author but this novel is especially good and has been nominated for the 2014 Giller Prize along with five others All these books this year are marked by a social and Sur la frontière political relevance that is unusual for English Canadian fiction The six as a whole Palestine 47 : Un partage avorté provide insights into mental illness the abuse of human rights the devastations of war and terrorism and the realities of MARIAGE DE LA PAIX povertyTell is L'amour en Islam de l'enchantement à l'étouffement particularly Lawrence d'Arabie powerful in its examination of the effects of war The account it Le monde méditerranéen, 15.000 ans d'histoire presents is constrained geographically confined mostly to the small town of Deseronto just by Lake Ontario A wounded soldier Kenan Oak returns from World War One to face the difficult task of readjusting to his marriage and his family but on this small canvass a deeply emotional though fundamentally simple story La Tragédie de l'islam moderne plays out The relationships that Itani traces interact with intricate subtlety and an intensity that builds L'Islam expliqué en images powerfully but slowly for the reader Kenan's memory and changed ties convey the devastation of the war the destruction of illusions about heroism in battle and also the Les grandes figures de l'islam potential about links with others rebuilding life Itani is also especially compelling in her accounts of women taking control of their own lives in this context of social changeThis is the first of Itani's books that I have read and I am deeply impressed More of her novels will certainly be on my To Read list

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Ight His wife Tress attempting to adjust to the trauma that overwhelms her husband and which has changed their marriage seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie Maggie along with her husband Am who cares for the town clock tower have their own sorrows which lie unacknowledged between them Maggie finds joy in her friendship with a local widow and in the Choral Society started by Lukas a Music Director who has moved to the town from an unknown place in war torn Europe While rehearsing and performing Maggie rediscovers a part of herself that. He relaxed leaned against the boards of the old barn and closed his good eye His right hand made a sign a word A finger to his lips and back to his chest Tell it seemed to be saying but the word was directed at himself It was his private communication TellIt is November of 1919 when we first meet Kenan Oak Armistice has been declared and although the injured young man has been home from WWI for a year he is just taking his first tentative steps towards healing supported by his wife and family in the tight knit community of Deseronto Ontario The left side of his face is scarred and sightless his left arm hangs dead and useless at his side and shell shocked Kenan was literally unable to speak when he first returned from Europe After spending a year locked away inside his home most often looking out over the nearby bay from his veranda seat Kenan begins to speak with the few visitors he will agree to see and at night when he's sure the streets will be empty Kenan begins to go for walks Still haunted by his wartime experiences and finding themselves unable to conceive a child Kenan finds an unbridgeable rift growing between himself and his wife TressMeanwhile Tress' Aunt Maggie and Uncle Am who live in an apartment in the Post Office clock tower and act as the building's caretakers also find themselves growing farther apart as they approach middle age It is eventually revealed that they have been suppressing secrets of their own and when a handsome foreigner comes to town offering music lessons than a long buried love of singing is reawakened in MaggieTell is essentially about the harm that is caused by secrets and suppressed memories It's unsurprising that author Frances Itani chose to explore these ideas in this time and place a small town at the turn of the twentieth century put plenty of pressure on families to hide their shameful skeletons; put plenty of pressure on returning soldiers to deal with their problems alone The very first scene of the book has a woman giving her baby up for adoption and we later learn that Kenan had been adopted as an infant himself and because of the stern home atmosphere created by the single man Uncle Oak who had taken him in Kenan had never dared to ask any uestions about his birth mother Oddly for a book about memory characters are always uestioning what they remember Here's Kenan on the war And now in his Deseronto house every inch of which he'd explored with his good eye opened and his good eye closed he wondered if he had invented the memories of than three and a half years of war Memories of staring up into night skies expecting the stars to explode Waking up with dew dampening his uniform puttees tightening around his lower legs Standing in wisps of fog that rolled low along the ground in the mornings so that in every direction only heads and torsos could be seen above the mist while legless men called back and forth to one another as they shaved and laughed and groused and swore and prepared to fill their mess tins for breakfastHe might have invented those memories but he had not invented the war Here's Maggie on meeting a famous soprano a story she never told to anyone Perhaps the encounter had never taken place No Maggie was certain it had And here's Am Memory It whipped him around in all directions And who was he to say whether his memories were accurate or not He never knew what would be laid bare Secrets and memory could have been very interesting themes but I found this book a little scattered; like the parts didn't hang together Characters are always reminiscing about making grape jelly or skating from Deseronto to Nappanee or living on a chicken farm but only being allowed an egg once a year at Easter and while each little story was interesting they felt like true anecdotes that Itani had collected about the time period that she wanted to cram in for authenticity; they were simply not revealed organically Another example There is a skating rink cleared on the ice behind Kenan's house and although some action takes place there it seems like it was used in the book solely because Itani includes excerpts from the archives of the Deseronto newspaper that described the skating rink and suggest the action that should be placed there Also I thought that the apartment that Maggie and Am lived in in the Deseronto clock tower was a really fascinating detail until I learned that Itani's great great aunt and uncle had once been its inhabitants Tell feels like overwrought journalism than prose And a final complaint it felt so unbelievable that Am and Maggie having kept a secret for 25 years a totally not shameful secret that all of Deseronto had apparently colluded in suppressing would both break down and tell it to someone separately on the same day Adding improbability to slow and clunky writing resulted in a bit of a turkey for me and a curious choice for this year's Giller Prize shortlist

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