I Heard the Owl Call My Name

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

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Here amid the grandeur of British Columbia stands the village of Kingcome, a place of salmon runs and ancient totems - a village so steeped in time that, according to Kwakiutl legend, it was founded by two brothers left on earth after the great flood. Yet in this Eden of such natural beauty and richness, the old culture of totems and potlaches is under attack - slowly being replaced by a new culture of prefab houses and alcoholism. Into this world, where an entire generation of young people has become disenchanted and alienated from their heritage, Craven introduces Mark Brian, a young vicar sent to the small isolated parish by his church. This is Mark's journey of discovery - a journey that will teach him about life, death, and the transforming power of love. It is a journey that will resonate in the mind of readers long after the book is done.
Publisher: Markham, Ont. :, Fitzhenry & Whiteside,, 2005
Copyright Date: copyright 1967
ISBN: 9781550413397
Branch Call Number: YF CRA NVD
Characteristics: 145 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 05, 2016

This is simply a beautiful little story. Not just set in, but deeply imbedded in the temperate rainforest of the pacific Northwest, in a remote native village where the ancient traditions are slowly being eroded as the young people begin leaving to join the white man's world. A young priest whose days are numbered here finds his true home. The cycle of the natural world and a sense of place pervades every aspect of the story. "Here every bird and fish knew its course. Every tree had its own place upon the earth. Only man had lost his way." Upon departing from a visit to the village the Bishop comments "It has always been easier here, where only the fundamentals count, to learn what every man must learn in this world ..... enough of the meaning of life to be ready to die."

Aug 08, 2015

A well-written, but formulaic story. An outsider (a vicar here) is assigned to work in a remote Indian village where he is initially seen with suspicion. Over much time, he and the Indians come to respect each other even though the outside world is threatening the village and posing to destroy a culture. It sticks to formula, and there are no surprises. But is was interesting to read about this particular tribe's way of life which is long past.

Apr 07, 2012

A quiet and beautiful story of a lost time.

Quimeras Mar 10, 2012

I cannot pretend to know enough about First Nations to comment on Craven’s interpretation of their way of life. I can only say that this book was poetic and beautiful in its simplicity.

Jan 13, 2011

Small easy to read book about a missionary in a remote native village in BC.
Full of vivid imagery and a wonderful glimpse of a lost way of life.

It also tells a powerful story of how two cultures can be crossed with respect and humor.

Great Canadian story and worth the read.

MsMarple May 07, 2010

An unusual story but full of very ineresting minor characters and story lines. The descriptions of the country were beautiful.


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Aug 08, 2015

'Now you can help us with their problem.' Tagoona asked, 'What is a problem?' and the white man said, 'Tagoona, if I held you by your heels from a third-story window, you would have a problem.' Tagoona considered this long and carefully. Then he said, 'I do not think so. If you save me, all would be well. If you dropped me, nothing would matter. It is you who would have the problem.'

Aug 08, 2015

It was death reaching out his hand, touching the face gently, even before the owl had called his name.

Aug 08, 2015

Here every bird and fish knew its course. Every tree had its own place upon this earth. Only man had lost his way.

Aug 08, 2015

...and to care was to live and to suffer.


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Aug 08, 2015

A young vicar is sent to serve at a remote Pacific Northwest Indian village and has to learn the ways of the people there as well as gain their trust. The Indian people are undergoing a significant change in their history. Their youth are being educated in residential schools and are losing touch with their native tongue, culture and customs, while the adults are being tempted with alcohol.

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