tagged: one book one london
Brother by David Chariandy: This book was the, OneBookOneLondon, read from a few years back. Had I read this work back when the rest of the community was I’m not certain I would have appreciated as much as I did today, or that it would have had the same impact as it has. While it is a work of fiction, it reads in many ways like a memoir of a young black man who great up in a suburb of Toronto. With all of the recent, race related, actions creating a watershed moment in society—both in North America and around the world—I couldn’t think of a better time to read this book. It’s themes are subtle but the realities that I can only imagine young black men face, and the challenges their mothers and families must overcome, are nothing but vivid and in some ways scary how real they feel. While not my favourite of all of the OneBookOneLondon reads, this one is worthwhile to read none the less.
Reality never changes. Only our recollections of it do. Whenever a moment passes, we pass along with it into the realm of memory. And in that realm, geometries change. Contours shift, shades lighten, objectivities dissolve. Memory becomes what we need it to be.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson: Not as compelling of a read as last year’s One Book One London read, but a nice deviation from what I would typically find myself consuming. I enjoyed that it was set in Niagara Falls, a location familiar to myself. And, the character reveal at the end of the book helps to provide some context for what unfolds during the majority of the pages. Certainly worth a read for anyone looking for something relatively easy to let their mind wander.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: The 2018/2019 pick for the One Book One London, collaborative reading campaign—The Marrow Theives is an easy, and unfortunately uneventful young fiction read. Although the themes throughout the book, about: belonging, community, culture, identity, race, relationships, and the unfortunate history which our current nation (Canada) was built upon, are important for their own reasons and the collective at large, I found the story line a repetitive at times and without the depth I would have like to have read. Given that this is a young adult read perhaps I shouldn’t hold much against it, and given that I haven’t been all that impressed with the previous year’s picks for the One Book One London campaign, it’s probably in-line with what I should have expected.