I heard of <b>Emily Carr</b> via <i>Eric Wilson's</i> mystery series. I am no British Columbian but anything written well is enjoyable. Regrettably, I disliked <b>Emily</b>! <b>Cat Klerks</b> acknowledged character contradictions and meanness but this has never happened! Interviews and biographies usually muster sympathy. <b>Cat</b> established no coherent image, making "<b>The Incredible Life And Adventures Of A West Coast Artist</b>" a jumble. I wondered how much it misinterpreted <b>Emily</b>. By activist and rescuer standards, this was no animal-lover! Befriending critters in the wild, fine. Breeding puppies and caging wild animals, then deciding it is okay to end their lives!? An outrage!
I received no clear notion of a talent, born to paint; I believe because <b>Cat</b> flatly recited the history she drummed-up. This book read like a student handing-in a report; a run-on sentence instead of a re-enactment spun into a story. Everything was rattled off: <b>Emily</b> found Victoria stuffy but England and France were so busy, she had a breakdown. She was praised in France but was too avant-garde in Victoria. She housed boarders, to whom she was a bitch but didn't stand up to her worst sisters. She loved one man but avoided others, due to molestation from a supposedly religious parent.
This is how dryly the biography was told, without dialogue or action. Luckily later contents were enthralling in their own right. I enjoyed reading about <b>Emily</b> travelling to dense forest locales, to preserve Aboriginal totem poles in portraits. <b>Cat</b> had it sounding like <b>Emily</b> had nearly nothing to do with painting, between France and this project and that fame only came after she was an acclaimed authoress. Individual facts are likely accurate but I did not believe they were presented well. I had no trouble appreciating numerous facets of history in the <i>"Incredible Stories"</i> series, before this.