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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Canadian Library (Jan. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077104626X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771046261
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By abby on Jan. 31 2001
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. We studied it in school this year and at first I found it a bit slow but after a few pages I started to really get into it. It was easy to identify with the main character Vanessa and I really liked the way the rest of the characters were described, especially the grandfather. Here's a little example; "Well, Peter, you've brought the wood." It was his habit to begin conversations with a statement of the obvious, so that nothing except agreement was possible." I like this because it sums up the grandfather' character in two sentences, even though it's being developped throughout the entire novel. I can't really explain exactly why I enjoyed this book so much, I guess it's because of the subtle humor and the emotion involved. The sad parts are quite moving, and that's difficult to do without making the whole book depressing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on Feb. 21 2010
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Personally, I feel this book is far from outmoded. It reminded me a lot of my own life, growing up in rural Canada in the 1990s and early twenty-first century. Not to mention the fact that the Great Depression pervades this book, and in 2010 we are just now emerging from an economically devastating recession. For me, "A Bird in the House" hit home. The second time I read it, I was almost crying at the end. Just the thought of so many people dying that you once knew, a house you grew up in, a house that marked you, being lived in by strangers. The book has a very rich subtext, and yet doesn't come across as a pretentious metaphor. It is very real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 9 1999
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this book did not quite meet my expectations like other works written by margaret laurence. it lacked in detail and plot development. i would recommend this book to persons not familiar with ms. laurence's style but to those who are fans of her literature, my advice is to stay away from this one. thanks ms. mackinnon
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By delph on March 26 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read this book and the very first time, it is true that it gives an impression of overwhelming death and sorrow. The protagonist, Vanessa, comes into contact with life, that is REAL life and she just finds it hard to cope. But it is a story which is just so incredibly true-to-life that any one can identify themselves with the main character. It is only many, many years after that Vanessa understands what had confused her when she was 10 : her grandfather, so much feared and respected, and all the deaths which she had to endure in her family. If you have ever been at that stage, losing some of the people you loved in your heart of hearts, you will understand what Vanessa had to go through and see yourself in her position in front of new things as painful as death. It is not morbid at all, it just shows you that your family is there to help, but that in any case, everything's not hunky-dory!!!
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I had to read this book for an english project and I found it slighltly boring. The setting was a little depressing and Vanessa's grandfather was very ingnorant and frustrating. The book was realistic and enjoyable though. Her responces towards the several deaths could have been expressed with a little more sorrow and sadness. Her aunt Adna was a nice uplifting character. Overall the book is good, but not the most exciting. It deals with many deaths in the family and is a good for some one who is dealing with a death.
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By A Customer on Sept. 15 1999
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I think that these short stories are great. I read the book in 11th grade English. I think she is a great writer
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