The Last Woman
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And although both books seem to be set in approximately the same place, The Island Walkers' locale was fresh and fictional to me whereas The Last Woman seemed more familiar to me, almost like "home". I grew up in the Lake of the Woods area which is also one of those "cottage country" places close to an Indian reserve (several actually). Although I no longer live in the area, I go back often and I feel the same sort of regrets, concerns, and even anger about what is happening to the area - the land and its people - that Billy feels in The Last Woman. You don't have to be aboriginal to have those concerns and you don't have to be away from the place for a long time to notice the changes. So I was a teensy bit irked that Billy, the Ojibway guy, is the one who obviously notices and is seemingly most upset about it.
I was also somewhat put off from the main characters, Ann (the artist), Richard (Ann's husband and a lawyer) and Billy (Ann's former lover and Richard's former client in a land claim action) for the "love triangle" aspect of the novel. I have difficulty mustering up sympathy/empathy for cheaters. That also might be an age related thing - I've grown tired of such tensions.
Having said all of that, you might think that I did not like the novel, but in fact I did enjoy it. I loved the familiarity I had with the landscape. As Billy and Ann canoe the waters, I was there. I could feel and smell it. I enjoyed Billy's attempts to intervene with his community's young people and their responses to him. And, I especially was intrigued by the evolution of Ann's Red Woman painting.
In the end I'm not sure that The Last Woman measures up to the author's first novel but it is nevertheless a good one.
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This book was released for the 2010 Canada Day release challenge (running June 25 - July 4) in celebration of Canadian books and authors.
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