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A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape Hardcover – Aug 4 2012
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In this book the gifted Candace Savage has written a part-memoir, part-history of the Eastend, Saskatchewan area where I spent half my life. She has done it with wonder, precision, praise and grief, adding to and extending the body of work about this extraordinary place, filling in gaps and providing another point of view. It is a heart-warming, yet incisive work that any reader will find hard to put down. —Sharon Butala(2012-04-26)
What a privilege to read this book! Savage writes with poignancy, humility, humor, and no 'blithering about oneness with nature.' —Linda Hasselstrom(2012-05-28)
This is a brave and necessary book, eloquently written, deeply felt. Savage makes us taste the past in the dust, hear it in the wind, see its traces across the sky. —Lorna Crozier(2012-05-28)
Candace Savage's new book, Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape, should be read by every prairie person . . . should go on the shelf next to Stegner's Wolf Willow, Don Grayton's Wheatgrass Mechanism, and Sharon Butala's Perfection of Morning. As always with her books, this one is well-crafted, thoughtful, and full of the kind of assiduous research that brings new information to the reader. —Trevor Herriot(2012-08-13)
A Geography of Blood offers a shocking version of plains history and an unforgettable portrait of the Cypress Hills, a holy place for First Nations people. —Winnipeg Free Press(2012-08-18)
. . . the breadth of [Savage's] two dozen books shows she's really a writer of place. It's the intersection of landscape, people and natural history that most intensely captures her attention, and that focus is on display in Geography of Blood, a meandering memoir that ultimately arrives at a disquieting destination . . . —Brian Bethune, Maclean's(2012-08-31)
Savage weaves a gripping narration of regret and shame. Hers is a bittersweet tale of the land and its histories . . . It's a book with perfect pitch, combining careful observation, history and imagination into a wonderfully modulated account of life in a harsh corner of our near neighbour. —Gene Walz, Winnipeg Free Press(2012-09-01)
Savage conjures from an 'empty' landscape a deeper, earthier past land; and as a whimsical investigation turns into 'full-on obsession,' she unveils a place filled with secrets and ghosts. —Globe & Mail(2012-09-07)
It is timeless nature, not the march of progress, that beckons Savage and Bell, and no wonder . . . the cottonwoods, the creeks, the 'strange, misshapen hills that made me think of ancient, fantastical worlds'—never cease to enthrall. —National Post(2012-09-07)
A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape should be required reading for Western Canadians. We need to understand our past in order to ensure a future that is in harmony with all the creatures who share this prairie home. —EcoFriendly Sask(2012-09-13)
One of the terrific aspects of Savage's book . . . [is that] she makes the reader who holds that commonplace view of the prairies (re: emptiness, flatness, vastness) understand the falseness of the impression . . . she manages to repopulate the area with the thriving cultures and dynamic ecosystems that existed there for millennia . . . Savage's book provides the best kind of education: you fully enjoy the experience and walk away not only with an alternative view of your reality but an openness to ponder the significance of your newly acquired insight. —Brett Josef Grubisic(2012-09-14)
Savage's retelling of this tragic era of Canadian history is heartfelt and thought provoking. Her story weaves descriptions and quotes from historical documents into a narrative threaded with the stories of First Nations residents who live on reserves near Eastend. Their voices bring the book into the present. Fluidly written and conversational, A Geography of Blood artfully unearths Eastend's astonishingly complex natural and cultural history. —Canadian Geographic(2012-10-01)
Savage has a beautiful facility with language and brings the reader into the heart of the Prairies. In addition to archival research, the author uses oral history and her own experiences to invest the narrative with a great deal of potency . . . A Geography of Blood is a solid addition to the canon of Prairie literature. —Quill & Quire(2012-10-01)
About the Author
Candace Savage is the author of more than two dozen books, including A Geography of Blood, which won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. She divides her time between homes in Eastend and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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As a side note, Savage's journey offers an excellent model for historical inquiry - too bad more classrooms don't explore history the way she does. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
The final chapter, where the reader finally comes upon the shameful and gory truth of our national past, is a fitting blow to the reader. It is like running into a stone wall: "this is how we did it." In some ways, it makes the residential school issue seem small by comparison. We - the Canadian Conservative government of the "great" John A, MacDonald - perpetrated a holocaust on the aboriginal society of the great plains. The effects of that holocaust reverberate in our lives to this day. It is not over.
This is a story that every non-aboriginal adult should read and ponder. A great book; a great contribution.
Ms. Savage weaving of story and connecting to place is a talent that I much appreciate. I also found the book to be honest. So many books either romantisize the "good old days" or focus on "good and evil" with the criteria that my group is "good" and the others are "evil".
I thought the assessment of treaties and culture that was forceably taken and not surrendered was very well done as well.
An excellent review of how bad things can happen to good people and many remain oblivious.
As a book it is a good tale on two levels, Ms Savage's settling in Eastend and Ms Savage's search for the history of the area.It is well told and so interesting that you hit the last page with a feeling that you have read a precis. I will walk through this door, use the bibliography to read more and personally visit these lands in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Some of the lands I know as pieces but I will connect the dots and know more of the truth.
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Excellent, Edifying, you captured it for me....thankyou CandacePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favourite book. A Geography of Blood initiated my own journey of discovery, shifted my perspective and altered perceptions of everything around me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Oolee
I really enjoyed this book! Well-written and interesting! Love the Canadian prairies, and this book takes you there!Published 19 months ago by curtpenn
Very sad story of mistreatment of Canada's natives. A Canadian version of Wounded Knee.Published 20 months ago by paul merkeley
Part of my research - I was given a Stegner fellowship and lived in that landscape for a month. So I had to read Candace's bookPublished 22 months ago by Bettyjane Wylie
Savage's attempt at writing the history of SW Saskatchewan was done poorly. White man bad. Red man good. Far too simple. I will not be recommending to others to read.Published on Dec 9 2013 by Murray Stodalka
A very disappointing read, despite the author's evident skill as a writer. This book will undoubtedly appeal to guilt-ridden Caucasians inclined to castigate themselves for... Read morePublished on April 13 2013 by Wayne
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