Sunday, August 23, 2009

Klee Wyck by Emily Carr

The 1941 Governor General's Award winner for non fiction is Emily Carr's Klee Wyck, a collection of vignettes of Carr's interactions with native peoples in British Columbia.

The vignettes are done in a style that I would term local colour, and frankly, they're interesting, but nothing special. Perhaps the most significant stories are the ones in which Carr documents the racism that natives faced at this time period. Overall, though, the book is rather unimpressive, and the stories quite simple. I must wonder if they would have even been published had they not been written by Emily Carr.

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