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Nting story its detailed focus and its poignant themeSet in the years leading up to World War II and against the backdrop of the Annapolis Valley’s natural beaut. This novel contains a particular little excitement for me because the setting is the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia where I grew up For many years this was the only novel I d encountered with this setting The protagonist David is a sensitive boy who struggles with his rural idyllic upbringing and wants to know a larger world do other things He wants to write All of this made this novel very special Ernest Buckler is not much talked about any but was an old school sort of writer uiet private not interested in self promotion

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The Mountain and the Valley

E of the difference that Mountain and the Kindle #210 sets him apart from his family and his neighbours David’s desire to write is the secret that gives this hau. I understand that this is a Canadian classic but I honestly wonder whether or not that s simply because we don t have much of anything else in our cultural canon This was not an enjoyable book in the slightest In fact I spent most of the time being completely disgusted by what I was readingIt seemed like Ernest Buckler was attempting to write Anne of Green Gables but for men It has many of the same story beats and follows a coming of age narrative but the tone is infinitely bleak and depressing Not in a way that conveys some sort of greater meaning though It feels like Buckler was trying to make a grand statement about what manhood was and the disappointing reality of having to grow up and be responsibleThe book lacks any kind of realistic feminine perspective whatsoever I would know you know being a woman and knowing that I have never once in my whole life thought the way that any of the female characters in the novel do All the girls were either docile and brainless wives shrew harpy women infantilized to the point of concern or whores It was possibly the least relatable text I ve ever encountered I was talking to my mother about it and she actually said that she had the exact same experience when she read the book in university herself The male characters are near constantly talkingthinking about their genitalia how horny they are and peeing I wish I was lying it was so painful to have to get through I have no understanding of why this was included I don t believe Buckler wanted me to and honestly I don t want to myselfSpoilers past this pointThere were a few points where if I had not had to read this for a class I would have abandoned the book completely 1 There are several instances of sexual assault The brother s girlfriends are always uncomfortable with the idea of having sex with them but they keep insisting to the point of coercion If you read the book and want to argue this point with me you re already part of the problem I m not sorry2 When the older brother of the family Chris complains in his thoughts about how his wife doesn t seem as pretty or sweet after she just had a miscarriage We re supposed to be sympathetic towards this man who repeatedly forced himself on this girl and then is depressed when he is forced to take responsibility for these actions and marry her trapping him 3 The main character s girlfriend dies of cancer and he then has sex with her mother Once again I wish I was making this up I am notTLDR Just because something is old and has come to be a classic by proximity that doesn t mean that it is any good Ernest Buckler put a No Girls Allowed sticker on this book and I m glad to let him just have it because I would like to distance myself as much as possible from this awful awful story

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The Mountain and the and the PDFEPUB #233 Valley is an affectionate portrait of David The Mountain ePUB #10003 Canaan a sensitive boy who becomes increasingly awar. The author s loving description of the farm in the Annapolis family along side his lyrical description of the natural features in the mountain and the valley enhance this moving story with the twin themes of family and loneliness


10 thoughts on “The Mountain and the Valley

  1. says:

    My favorite Canadian novel of all time Buckler is able to capture moments so beautifully His writing is poetic and so clearly draws images that the reader wants to savor and cherish

  2. says:

    I loved this book both for the uality of the writing and the sensitively drawn characters This book touched me at a deep personal level which is the reason I give it 5 stars The story is centred on a family and the community they live in within a valley The valley is where they all live but it the mountain that represents their own struggles with personal demons and fears Each one is scarred and flawed in som

  3. says:

    The author's loving description of the farm in the Annapolis family along side his lyrical description of the natural features in the mountain a

  4. says:

    I understand that this is a Canadian classic but I honestly wonder whether or not that's simply because we don't have much of anything else in our cultural canon This was not an enjoyable book in the slightest In fact I spent most of the time being completely disgusted by what I was readingIt seemed like Ernest Buckler was attempting to write Anne of Green Gables but for men It has many of the same story beats

  5. says:

    Wonderful to read this again It is a uiet story with a kind of deafening urgency to it David Canaan the protagonist is born with the condition of universality in him He is an adaptable young man and highly sensitive to his family and the rural community that surrounds him But he is struggling to develop his own voice as an artist When David closed his eyes at night all the strange horde of imagination swarmed seething into his brain the bew

  6. says:

    One of my favourite Canadian Lit books If I would have rated this after the first time I read it I would have given it 5 stars then I was young and impressionable After a second analytical read I still think it is a beautiful and well written story but it could flow a little better Everything about this book is subtle which convey's the sense of lose and loneliness all the readily Spoiler there is a death at t

  7. says:

    This novel contains a particular little excitement for me because the setting is the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia where I grew up For many years this was the only novel I’d encountered with this setting The protagonist David is a sensitive boy who struggles with his rural idyllic upbringing and wants to know a larger world do other things He wants to write All of this made this novel very special Ernest B

  8. says:

    It feels rude to give a book fewer stars because the protagonist is the worst but also the protagonist is the worst Language is lovely but pettiness runs through the novel like an underground river

  9. says:

    I was reuired to read this book for a Canadian Literature course in University It became of one my favourites I could really relate to some of the feelings that David has about life

  10. says:

    About the most uintessentially Nova Scotian Book I have ever read

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