- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Random House of Canada, Ltd. (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771086857
- ISBN-13: 978-0771086854
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,055,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The novel is structured into three distinct sections, focusing in turn on Klara, her brother Tilman and the construction of the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, northern France. Klara's character comes to life primarily through her own observations and inner reflections. The depth of her emotional being that stands in sharp contrast to her external "spinster" persona, is exquisitely evoked in Urquhart's lyrical language. The following quote gives a taste of it: "When one embraces a moment of rapture from the past, either by trying to reclaim it or by refusing to let it go, how can its brightness not tarnish, turn grey with longing and sorrow, until the wild spell of the remembered interlude is lost altogether and the memory of sadness claims its rightful place in the mind?..."
In this section, the narrative moves easily between the thirties and the late eighteen eighties when Klara's grandfather, master woodcarver Joseph Becker, immigrated from Bavaria to southwestern Ontario in search for a new life.Read more ›
I found the combination of book + visit very moving and recommend both to any Canadian with an interest on what Canadians have done in the name of the country elsewhere in the world (though in WWI, in the name of the "empire" would be closer to the truth). I recall the story as being a good read and the fictional story told of the carver's assistants added additional interest and meaning to what I actually saw upon arrival at Vimy (went directly there off the flight). The story can fit in, in a manner, as a surrogate for the actual sculpture's own story, which is not told in great depth.
The monument is an amazingly powerful place to me. The book sets up the visit very nicely.
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An imaginative novel and plenty of history contained in it.Published 2 months ago by Megan Whittingham
Jane Urquhart’s historical novel, The Stone Carvers is about ordinary people dealing with the aftermaths of the Great War and the building of the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marmalade
Beautifully written, weaving art and stone into a powerful story of love and loss. I enjoyed this book so much.Published 10 months ago by Suncoast Sheila
I picked up this book completely by chance while on vacation in Victoria, BC. It was the only interesting-looking thing I saw on the shelf at the Salvation Army thrift shop, so one... Read morePublished 13 months ago by SeattleReader
I just finished this book. It is a tale that winds around your heart and soul as it unwinds... It has moments of heartbreak and pain but those must be present in order to fully... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the journey by the main character. It showed how the ideas planted by her grandfather regarding carving blossomed later in life and she was a part of a war... Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Pam Chermansky
I read Urquharts "Away" prior to the Stone Carvers. I had been so impressed with Away, loved it actually, that I feared another book could never live up to Away. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Lindoyquerido
Jane Urquhart has demonstrated in A Map of Glass and The Underpainter how a person can be transformed by the power of art and memory. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn
Amazon should make it mandatory to list whether an audio is abridged or unabridged. How discouraging to
realize that one has spent quite a lot of money for an abridged... Read more