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White Egrets
White Egrets
by Derek Walcott
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.83
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5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Walcott, Noble Poet, June 2 2011
This review is from: White Egrets (Paperback)
Derek Walcott, renowned poet and Noble Prize winner, brings his exquisite mastery of language, form, nuance, and wisdom, to his latest published collection, White Egrets Page after page, poem after poem, the poet gives the alert reader a reason to love poetry. For example, the image of the white egrets recurs often, meaning age, wisdom, friendship, or then perhaps chance, change, ecology, the natural life. The imagery of birds appears in poems set in his native St.Lucia, but also in the Italian settings, in Spain, and in the urban landscapes of North America. We , the readers, travel with his words and images. These poems communicate, even when a second or third reading is required. The pleasure of the words, including subtle rhymes, gathers us in. A marvelous master.

Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition
Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition
DVD ~ Julie Andrews
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 94.73
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Poppins for a new generation, Aug. 26 2010
I ordered this 45th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins for my pre-school grandson, to see if he would delight in the scenes as much as his parents, his aunts, and his grandparents had done. The magic is still there, even for a kid exposed to the docile renderings on the Treehouse cable network. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke perform at the top of their game. The chimney sweepers fill the rooftops better than any computer-generated hocus-pocus.
The second disc in this set takes viewers behind the scenes of the recent Broadway production of Mary Poppins. This is a revelation that theatre-goers will love. Not everyone will enjoy the lengthy conversations about adapting the screenplay to the stage. Likewise,pointing out the distinctions between the original texts in England and the Disney version may seem somewhat academic if one is not familar with the books themselves. However, for those people who love this kind of exploration, the second disc is a marvel. Best of all, the disc contains a video version of the stage play's chimney scene, in which the actor climbs the proscenium arch and walks upside down across the top of the stage- spectacular!

I loved the movie the first time around. My three children loved watching it at home on video. Now our little David is enchanted. Hooray for Mary Poppins!

Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996
Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996
by Al Purdy
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Close up of a Canadian Icon, Dec 25 2009
The Al Purdy collection , Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planet, shows this iconic Canadian poet at the top of his game. This is a concise book, the selections are well-chosen to display the range of content and changes in style over the course of 3 decades. An excellent introduction to the work of this poet. The book is well designed, too.

The Book Of Negroes
The Book Of Negroes
by Lawrence Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.64
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just good, but important, March 14 2009
This review is from: The Book Of Negroes (Paperback)
The Book of Negroes surprised me with a history I didn't know. The main character, Aminata Diallo, engages the reader from the start, and we watch her develop in childhood in her African village, then follow her abduction into the violence of the 18th century slave trade. It is an appalling, horrifying transition, but the strength of her spirit helps her to survive.Author Lawrence Hill invents this strong woman in order to reveal the many facets of slavery as the new American colonies were settled, and also, after the 1776 Revolution, how the Loyalist ex-slaves emigrated to Nova Scotia. The final phase, a return to Africa, proves heartbreaking. At last, the aging Aminata travels to England to help the abolitionist movement. This is an epic, with some coincidences that stretch the plot. However,it is not only an absobing book to read, but also an important lesson in the history of slavery in North America, Africa, and England.
This book should be on school reading lists all over the country.

Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America
Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America
by Philip Marchand
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Empire fills in the blanks, Jan. 5 2006
Ghost Empire, by Philip Marchand, gives life to the pages of Canadian (and North American) history that are often overlooked. The early explorations of the newly-discovered continent by French adventurers formed the basis of fur-trade commerce, map-making, relations with the native peoples, and early settlements. After the defeat on the Plains of Abraham, the French presence lost political power, and the English hedgemony took over. Philip Marchand is a descendant of Quebec habitants who moved to New England in the 19th century to work in the textile mills. He is a skilled and engaging writer who takes us with him as he traces the journeys of La Salle from his arrival in Montreal in 1667 to his death in Texas in 1687. In this context, Marchand tells us much about the discovery of the American continent, connections with the aboriginal tribes, the influence of the Court of Louis XIV, and La Salle's personality. He also strikes a conversational tone with the readers, and gives us his personal stories and insights into his own family history. He is a good natured, humorous host on this trip down the Mississippi and through past centuries. A lovely book, an easy read, wholly delightful.

Tenor Of Love
Tenor Of Love
by Mary di Michele
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tenor of Love by poet Mary Di Michele, April 24 2005
This review is from: Tenor Of Love (Hardcover)
Tenor of Love reads like poetry. Mary Di Michele's novel grabbed me on page one and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Section one brings the reader into the Italy of Enrico Caruso's early career. You can see the sunlight and smell the flowers.Section two takes an equally adept journey to New York, and into the mind of Caruso's American bride. Fine storytelling, lyrical narrative voices, a sheer joy to read.

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