Cool Water

by Dianne Warren | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1554685591 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPooker3wing of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 6/11/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPooker3wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, June 11, 2011
Christmas gift. Currently reading.

Journal Entry 2 by wingPooker3wing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Okay so what is it about books set in Saskatchewan? I am not a prairie girl. I was born on Lake of the Woods. Pine, granite, steep hills and fishy lake water are in my blood and they never fail to call me home when I read of them. Yet lately I've found a sort of second home in these Saskatchewan books.
In addition to this book, which I loved, I've also particularly enjoyed Dry by Barbara Sapergia; The Last Cowboy by Lee Gowan; and Beatrice by Monica Kidd. Although different books, they all remind me of each other. In all of them there is a sense of longing for things to remain as they were or are; a desire to remain "country" and a reluctance to become "big city" and move with the fast-changing times. In all of them there is a definite sense of place, and when I say sense, I really mean that. You can almost see, hear and feel the prairie. In Beatrice, for example, I remember the underlying "clickety-clack" of the train. Whereas in Cool Water I can almost hear the lazy clip clop of horses on the trail and singing cowboy refrains, "Cool, clear water" and "tumbling tumbleweeds."

While I am not a prairie girl, I am a small town girl and so I quite recognized and delighted in the small town life of Cool Water's Juliet. I loved the way the author introduced us to all the residents and kept us informed as to what was going on in their lives. After all everybody knows everybody and everybody's business in a small town. While the book is a novel, it is also a series of stories about the characters and their families, stories that touch each other and intertwine as the folks go about their business and interact. I particularly liked the restaurant scenes where people (town folk and visitors alike) come and go and cross paths. I could quite imagine myself sitting at a table, looking out the window and having some pie, all the while catching up on my neighbours' business.

While there are a lot of characters, the author made them all easy to know and, in her gentle and sometimes humourous way, made them dear.

Journal Entry 3 by wingPooker3wing at The Forks - see release note for details in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, September 03, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (9/3/2011 UTC) at The Forks - see release note for details in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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At the Thin Air used book sale. A little reverse shoplifting. Heheheh! Sneaked it onto the fiction table. You'll have to pay $5 to get it out of hock, but to a great cause! Enjoy!

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