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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brindle & Glass (Sept. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926972430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926972435
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Slavery and Civil War confronted by Canadian Feb. 26 2014
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Tim Bowling is a favourite Canadian author whose father was a Frazer River salmon fisherman in Ladner, BC. Lacking an aptitude for his father’s dying profession he moved to Edmonton, Alberta a province without a coastline. Naturally he writes often about fishing but this time round he has chosen the Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War as the setting for his novel about an army surgeon.

Equally at home in poetry or prose I have yet to read a book of his I didn’t like. Although the subject of this book is rather grisly it is no exception. One is engaged from the first pages feeling the exhaustion of the surgeon at his desperate business days on end without rest. Part II returns us to Bowling’s home turf on the Fraser.

The doctor’s life is intertwined with that of a white slave he met during the war. The progeny of inter-racial couplings are often white in colour but to racists the taint of their African heritage is obvious. The book is not a polemic against slavery but the author’s sentiments are obvious. To the salmon fishermen of the Fraser any competition is frowned upon, the hint that that competitor may be black condemns him.