Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Review of Under the Sun by Arthur Bourinot

Under the Sun is a nice collection of poems written by Arthur S. Bourinot. The book won the 1939 Governor-General's Award for Literary Merit in poetry and dram. More so than the previous poetry winners, Under the Sun is a very accessible and enjoyable collection. I found Bourinot's poems much easier "to get into" than the others.

Additionally, I would like to draw special attention to "Machinery," a poem about mass production and industrialisation, as a particularly worthy and interesting piece.

So far, Bourinot is by far my favourite Canadian poet.

Review of Confessions of an Immigrant's Daughter by Laura Goodman Salverson

After winning for fiction with The Dark Weaver, Salverson won in 1939 for her autobiography: Confessions of an Immigrant's Daughter.

Salverson's talented writing becomes even more remarkable after reading her autobiography. She had relatively little formal schooling, and English is not her mother tongue.

Most of the book is set during her childhood. She provides numerous vivid anecdotes and does an excellent job of putting herself into her younger mindset. The book also gives a better idea of the Icelandic immigrant experience, which is hardly well-documented.

Overall, it' s not a very exceptional or compelling book, but it's a very enjoyable read.