The Double Hook

The Double Hook

Book - 1989
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In spare, allusive prose, Sheila Watson charts the destiny of a small, tightly knit community nestled in the BC Interior. Here, among the hills of Cariboo country, men and women are caught upon the double hook of existence, unaware that the flight from danger and the search for glory are both part of the same journey. In Watson's compelling novel, cruelty and kindness, betrayal and faith shape a pattern of enduring significance.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, c1989
ISBN: 9780771099670
Branch Call Number: F WAT NVD
Characteristics: 130 pages
Additional Contributors: Flahiff, F. T. (Frederick Thomas) 1933-


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Aug 28, 2017

A very odd little book: it contains more four to seven word sentences comprised of monosyllables than any I have ever read; there is little punctuation either; and its not simple - so elusive that its hard to understand what is going on. It was very much not to my taste, though I was able to appreciate the delicacy of it.

Jan 22, 2017

dense poetic prose - don't miss a word. pithy.
discovered through reading Left Hook by George Bowering.
the epigraph:
"He doesn't know you can’t catch the glory on a hook and hold on to it. That when you fish for the glory you catch the darkness too. That if you hook twice the glory you hook twice the fear"

the story coils through a small scattered settlement following coyote past ghost, family and the sere, dusty hills.

Sep 29, 2015

A book in the vein of Flannery O'Connor, sparse prose, opaque plot and ambiguous ending. It works as the prose is exquisite, and the setting unique.


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