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Mary Lawson (1) (1946–)

Autor(a) de Crow Lake

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4 Works 4,158 Membros 203 Críticas 13 Favorited

About the Author

Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario, in 1946. She attended McGill University. Lawson's best known work, Crow Lake was Shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award (Bowker Author Biography)
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Séries

Obras por Mary Lawson

Crow Lake (2002) 2,380 exemplares
The Other Side of the Bridge (2006) 988 exemplares
A Town Called Solace (2021) 488 exemplares
Road Ends (2013) 302 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1946
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
Canada
Local de nascimento
Blackwell, Ontario, Canada
Locais de residência
Kingston upon Thames, UK
Educação
McGill University (psychology)
Ocupações
Psychologist
novelist

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I read this 'on a break' from trying to conquer the world's longest and dullest biography of Sylvia Plath, but really wished I hadn't after meeting the characters. Apart from Megan, who escapes her supremely dysfunctional background to start a fairly successful life in London, the Cartwrights of northern Canada are the poster family for 'just because you can doesn't mean you should'. The parents are like Mr and Mrs Bennet of Pride and Prejudice, only without the excuse of living in Regency England and trying again and again for a son and heir. And at least the Bennets stopped at five! Nine children and only one daughter, who gets lumped with running the house and raising her siblings for fifteen years - but the father, Edward, who for some reason gets to tell his story in first person, hides in his study from children he hates and a wife he doesn't love, while Emily keeps popping them out and then abandoning her children once out of nappies. As Megan says, 'they're not even Catholics!' I did feel really sorry for poor Adam, but who keeps having children when the brood mostly runs to boys?

There is more to the story, and the narrative is Anne Tyler-esque, which I usually enjoy, but I just couldn't get past the selfish parents. The multiple timelines, jumping back and forth to cover the same events from different perspectives, didn't help either.

Back to Sylvia *sigh*
… (mais)
 
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AdonisGuilfoyle | 22 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |
Rounded down from 4 1/4 stars
 
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MichaelH85 | 30 outras críticas | Mar 14, 2024 |
I was looking for a novel set in Northern Ontario and Lawson was recommended to me. I had no idea how good this book is. It reminded me of Margaret Lawrence and Alice Munro

It also reminded me of the realism of Swede Frederick Bachman and his Beartown Trilogy.
 
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MylesKesten | 105 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is the third novel of Lawson's I've read, and the best so far. I don’t know that any writer has made me loath a child into a man before, quite like Lawson made me loath Jake.

The story is set in a very rural farming community, told in two times, and the brothers Arthur and Jake run through both. The doctors son Ian tells the later part of their story, and his own, but they are intercut. Beautifully managed.
½
 
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Caroline_McElwee | 42 outras críticas | Nov 12, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
4
Membros
4,158
Popularidade
#6,052
Avaliação
4.0
Críticas
203
ISBN
102
Línguas
13
Marcado como favorito
13

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