Clara Callan

by Richard B. Wright | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060506075 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tantan of Townsville, Queensland Australia on 10/30/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by tantan from Townsville, Queensland Australia on Sunday, October 30, 2005
From the back cover:

In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies. Meanwhile, the two sisters - vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked by a shared past - try to find their places within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.

While Nora embarks on a glamorous career as a radio-soap opera star, Clara, a strong and independent-minded woman, struggles to observe the traditional boundaries of a small and tight-knit community without relinquishing her dreams of love, freedom, and adventure. However, things aren't as simple as they appear - Nora's letters eventually reveal life in the big city is less exotic than it seems, and the tranquil solitude of Clara's life is shattered by a series of unforeseeable events. These twists of fate require all of Clara's courage and strength, and finally put the seemingly unbreakable bond between the sisters to the test.

Journal Entry 2 by tantan at Townsville, Queensland Australia on Thursday, October 01, 2015
I finished reading this on 14/01/2015.


I really enjoyed this rather bittersweet story. The mix of diary entries and letters made for an interesting format, and helped to tell the story from a few different viewpoints. However, I was disappointed for Elizabeth at the end to have only learned of her history from the diary and letters, and not to have heard about it from Clara - it seemed that she and Clara were not close, and that was a bit sad considering it was the two of them 'against the world' as a result of the social viewpoints of their time and place.

Journal Entry 3 by tantan at Townsville, Queensland Australia on Sunday, October 04, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (10/4/2015 UTC) at Townsville, Queensland Australia


Placed into the Aussie 3kg Bookbag.

Journal Entry 4 by alice2623663 at Wollongong, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Taken from the bag.

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