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Crow Lake
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le 27 mai 2002
Mary Lawson's Crow Lake is a wonderful novel, a work that will blow away all expectations of what it really is all about. The novel, which is narrated by Kate, a scientist in her late twenties, begins with the death of both of Kate's parents in a car accident, an accident which leaves Kate and her three siblings orphans. I know what you are thinking--sounds like Oprah, sounds predictable, we see where this is going. Well, it's none of those things and it will take you some place else. Lawson delves into the depths of family relationships, of familial expectations and love. One of the things that makes this book different is Kate's narrative style. We follow the story of what happened after her parents were killed, as that story somehow collides with her present story. She has been invited back to Crow Lake, doesn't know if she can handle it, doesn't know if she should take her current boyfriend. Her current predicaments are all caused by what happened to her family so many years ago and it's fascinating and thought-provoking. Mary Lawson has given us a terrific novel, an engaging read. Highly recommended.
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le 1 juillet 2004
Crow Lake was a book everyone was talking about so finally I got it and read it, and I wished I had not waited so long. This is a beautifully written book about family, loss, and love. The heartbreaking story of four children left on their own after their parents die is interwoven with the reminiscences of the older daughter, Kate, after she has grown up, moved from her Northern Ontario home, and become a professor.
Far from wanting to "slap" the protagonist for her emotional coldness (as one reviewer suggests), I could really empathize with how the grief and lost dreams of Kate's past have affected her and how long it takes for her to make peace with things her brothers have dealt with long ago. Lawson understands that life crises actually do hurt and traumatize people--yet they can still heal and find peace even if their childhood ideals are not realized, and even if that resolution takes time.
I found this book quite inspiring and written with real grace and simplicity.
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le 14 mars 2002
A Literary novel emerging from a first-time writer is an event to cherish. Mary Lawson is destined to make a splash with her excellent grasp of novel craftsmanship in this, her first attempt at casting her line over the water.
There is fine characterization:
'Mrs. Stanovitch arrived at least twice a week, heaving her bulk out from behind the steering wheel of her husband?s battered truck and puffing up the steps to the front door with two loaves of bread balancing on the top of a bushel basket of corn, or a leg of pork tucked under one arm, and a sack of potatoes under the other.'
Drama too:
'They were outside still, and she was still sobbing with terror. He was holding her, helplessly, helplessness in every line of her body.'
Twenty-six year-old Kate Morrison narrates the story of a rural Ontario, Canada family whose past saturates their present. It would seem that old family sins rise again in the following generation. Even older brainy brother Matt, whom Kate adores, hides secrets. When she finds them out, she meets them with resentment, and her hero worshipping of Matt evaporates. Life will never be the same.
Other characters stand out: Aunt Annie with her wobbling chin, the handsome Pye brothers: This is a novel of depth, it is intoxicating and altogether overwhelming.
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le 23 novembre 2003
Ahhhh what can I say... a book this smooth, simple, real and a narrator that makes you feel like you are her..herself. What more can you ask for ?? This book made me laugh , made me cry and made me mad and made me wonder. Although I did want a little more from the end (like a real understanding between Matt and Kate) I did enjoy this book thoroughly and can only suggest for those of you seesawing on the brink of whether to get it or not... GET it! You won't regret it. You think of it days, weeks and months after you have read it. I read it in two days and I have small kids! Consider that a feat! Seriously though... 5 stars wasn't enough for me... It deserves more. Great great novel..
Sharon
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le 24 mars 2005
I found Crow Lake to be clearly written, rich in character and scenic detail, and truly unforgettable. The tale of this family is so vivid and touching. Having never read a book by this author I was pleasantly suprised to find a story so concise, and realistic that envokes so many emotions from the reader. Anyone who likes novels about families, hardship, ecology, or farming lifestyles will definietly enjoy this book.
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le 8 octobre 2003
I loved this book and was very touched by it.
The characters are beautifully drawn and there were times I felt as if I was at the old farm myself.
When I finished reading it I instantly started thinking of who I could pass it along to.
I hope Mary Lawson writes another book soon.
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le 16 février 2015
The first book I read by Mary Larson in a series of three books about Northern Ontario, taking place in different generations. Characters do not necessarily carry forward into the next books, but if you pay attention some will appear or references will be made to past characters. Which makes for a very interesting set of books. Fantastic read! I loved every word. Highly recommend!
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le 7 janvier 2005
I loved Mary Lawson's first book. The best word I can use to describe it is "smouldering". It unfolded so slowly; it had beautiful details and was so deep and emotional. It kept me hooked right until the very end - I couldn't put it down. Lawson writes so well - I went through such a range of emotions reading this novel. I can't wait for her next book.
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le 2 septembre 2015
At the age of seven, Kate loses her parents in a car accident. Her two teenage brothers, Luke and Matt, take on the responsibility of raising Kate and their younger sister, Bo. Twenty years later, as a successful professor, Kate returns to her rural northern Ontario community and must come to terms with her own grief and resentment.

This book is, frankly, stunning. The prose is beautiful, the interweaving of past and present is flawless, and the author shows instead of tells. Northern Ontario, in all its remoteness and beauty, comes alive, as do each and every one of the characters.

Truly satisfying on every level.
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le 13 avril 2002
Mary Lawson weaves the present and past together wonderfully, moving from one time frame to another effortlessly without ever confusing her readers. She evokes the perspective and experiences of a child, but with the knowledge and understanding of an adult looking back. Although its family, plot and setting are completely different, this book reminds me of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in its viewpoint and in the importance of its environment to the characters and plot. In both books, momentous events are related as seen by a child. It's a book to reread over and over because the reader will discover more each time.
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