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The Mountain and the Valley (New Canadian Library) Kindle Edition

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Length: 448 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
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The Mountain and the Valley is an affectionate portrait of David Canaan, a sensitive boy who becomes increasingly aware of the difference that sets him apart from his family and his neighbours. David?s desire to write is the secret that gives this haunting story its detailed focus and its poignant theme.

Set in the years leading up to World War II and against the backdrop of the Annapolis Valley?s natural beauty, The Mountain and the Valley captures a young man?s spiritual awakening and the gradual growth of artistic vision.

About the Author

ERNEST BUCKLER was the author of numerous books of short stories and essays and two novels. His many honours included honorary degrees from Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2781 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Canadian Library (January 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JKM69A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By buskelton on May 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mountain and the Valley started out as a PERFECT look at growing up in a rural landscape. Buckler, through his careful choosing of his language, created an atmosphere of perfect beauty. The story is about one who is born with the soul of an artist, and Buckler transforms the novel into art to fit with that theme. I did say that it started out this way. Partway through the book, art begins to become at odds with the ruggedness of the rural landscape. This conflict begins to transform the beautiful book into something truely haunting and sometimes almost scary. Was the book ruined by this sudden shift? There will be mixed feelings about it. On one hand, the beauty of the perfection was ruined by it. But this is a real life book, not fantasy. On the other hand, there had to be pain. For artistic vision cannot go left unattained, even when living in an environment where it is not supposed to exist. Either way you take the shift of the books tone, it will leave you with a feeling that you have read a story that needed to be told so that you do not make the same mistake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy B. Janus on September 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Buckler's book is tops. The story follows the life of an unpublished writer who must sacrifice his dreams to run the family farm. The prose reads like poetry, the images are breathtaking. It is so beautifully written it made me want to weep. In fact, I had to stop reading the novel for awhile and move to another book, then resume reading it about a week later. The novel is so dense, it reminded me of visiting catherals in Europe or gallery after gallery of museum masterpieces -- the senses can only absorb so much, before you are in overload and need a break. Perhaps that's why the author's body of work is sparse.
I am going to recommend this great read to friends. Although there is not much action, the emotions and thoughts of the characters are true and timeless. I must confess I did shed a tear or two at the end. Like a lot of great literature, The Mountain and The Valley is sad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slomacs on March 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mountain and the Valley ranks among the top five of my favorite works of literature. I first read this book 20 years ago and it's impact has yet to be paralelled by any other novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cliff G. on May 16, 2000
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Ernest Buckler has captured a true reflection of the Canadian experience and spirit in The Mountain and the Valley. It is one of the most moving and compelling stories I've read, profound in its simplicity. A whole university course could be taught on its imagery alone.
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By Stephen Pellerine on November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I can remember reading this classic novel back in High School, as assigned. Ironically I did not like to read much at the time, but there was something in the way Buckler captured the sense of time. I have had this book resent to me over the years for personal use and to hand out to friends as an example of great Canadian Literature.

So - what can I say. If you are interested in reading some great Canadian literature, give it a try.
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