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The Cannibal Spirit Hardcover – Oct 11 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON CA; Canadian First edition (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065806
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wild Reader on May 18 2012
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This is a rare treat of a book! I had my reservations about ordering it as I was not too sure about the historical setting and thought it might be a bit dry. But as soon as you get into it, you get swept up in the setting and involved with the characters. It's set in 1900, and based on the real-life historical figure George Hunt, who comes to symbolise two different cultures. On the one hand, he is deeply a part of the old way of life among the Kwagiulth in British Columbia - a native chieftain and important part of the community. But on the other hand, he can see that this life is changing and a new century is coming - the book is all about how people struggle with different identities and changing times. I loved the portrayal of George's son-in-law Harry, quite a feckless character who in spite of himself ends up getting passionately involved with the struggles of the native people. The way Whitehead evokes the Canadian landscape is absolutely stunning - really makes you feel part of another world. He does a great job of bringing this distant time and place alive, partly through dialogue which is cleverly done [different but also readable] and especially through his descriptions.
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