The Retreat by David Bergen

By David Bergen

In 1973, outdoors of Kenora, Ontario, Raymond Seymour, an eighteen-year-old Ojibway boy, is taken via an area policeman to a distant island and left for useless.

A 12 months later, the Byrd kinfolk arrives in Kenora. they've got come to stick at “the Retreat,” a commune run through the self-styled guru surgeon Amos. The health care provider is an enigmatic guy who spouts bewildering truisms, and who bathes bare each morning within the pond on the fringe of the Retreat whereas younger Everett Byrd watches from the timber. Lizzy, the eldest of the Byrd teenagers, cares for her more youthful brothers Fish and William, and longs for what she can't locate on the Retreat. whilst Lizzy meets Raymond, every little thing alterations, and Lizzy involves comprehend the true distinction among Raymond’s international and her personal. A tragedy and a love tale, the radical strikes in the direction of a end that's either extraordinary and heartbreaking.

Set through the summer season of the Ojibway career of Anicinabe Park in Kenora, The Retreat is a finely nuanced, deeply felt novel that tells the tale of the complex love among a white lady and a local boy, and of a kin at the verge of splintering ceaselessly. it's also a narrative of the bond among brothers who have been separated in adolescence, and whose lives and fates intertwine ten years later.

A outstanding portrait of a time and a spot, The Retreat confirms Bergen’s acceptance as one of many country’s so much proficient and compelling writers.

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In the case of Canada, this meant that the British Parliament would continue to have power to amend the Canadian constitution. Unlike the situation in 1914, the Canadian Parliament 1939 declared war against Germany and its allies. The Ogdensburg Agreement between the United States 1940 and Canada provided for creation of the Permanent Joint Board on Defence and also the means for close economic and other relations between the two countries. Under the terms of this agreement, there was considerable integration with the United States.

Serge Gagnon, Quebec and Its Historians: 1840 to 1920, and Quebec and Its Historians: The Twentieth Century, translated by Yves Brunelle (Montreal: Harvest House, 1982). 7. Donald G. Creighton, The Road to Confederation (Toronto: Macmillan, 1964). The most reliable account of the Confederation period is Peter B. Waite, The Life and Times of Confederation, 1964-1967: Politics, Newspapers, and the Union of British North America (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962). 8. I. Silver, The French-Canadian Idea of Confederation, 1864-1 900 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982) a n d Jean-Charles Bonenfant, “The French Canadian and the Birth of Confederation,” Historical Booklet no.

Canadians and Anti-Americanism (Toronto: HarperCollins, 1996). 17. Philip Buckner, “How Canadian Historians Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Americans,” Acadiensis XXV, no. 2 (Spring 1996), 117-140. 18. Maurice Careless, “‘Limited Identities’ in Canada,” Canadian Historical Review 50, no. 1 (March 1969), 1-10. A n earlier version of this paper was presented to t h e American Historical Association, Toronto, December 1967. ” 19. R. A. , The Atlantic Provinces in Confederation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993) and also Phillip A.

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