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Bring Me One Of Everything Paperback – February 6, 2012
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Intrusion: A Novel
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Alicia learns what drove Hart including his leading the cutting down of the Haida totem poles in the 1950s so they could be placed in museums. As she reads his papers and talks to his family and friends, and the Haida tribe on Queen Charlotte Islands, Alicia looks introspective and decides what is important as she begins to reconcile with her mom.
From the opening cutting down of the Weeping Woman Totem Pole until the final aria is sung, the aptly titled Bring Me One of Everything is a thought provoking tale starring a seemingly compulsively obsessed woman with a gut need to know the whys of her subject. The debate over the "safety" of the totem poles is intelligent as readers will ponder between the museum with its easy accessibility and controlled environment or the natural habitat; ironically ownership was irrelevant during the 1950s and earlier as possession by the powerful was ten tenths of the law. With a deep look at Haida art and the subsequent cutting down and removal of the Totems, fans will appreciate Leslie Hall Pinder's fabulous insightful story.
The book's brilliance is the beauty of a gripping, spiritual story which resonates in place (Canada's northern British Columbia) and time (from the early days of colonization until now). And the story really is gripping - it is a true mystery. I started the book after my morning coffee, and did not put it down until late into the evening when I was done. It is a story which invokes and offers insights into notorious historical facts - facts which raise deep and troubling questions at the centre of archaeology, anthropology and law. The beginning point is the dramatic harvesting of totem poles. Haida poles were cut down - the stunning poles which recorded the ancient history of the Haida Peoples on Haida Gwaii. These poles are now housed at the Museum of Anthropology and in the province's capital. A certain brilliant and famous anthropologist, Wilson Duff, who led the expedition to take the poles, apparently believed at that time that it was a noble act to preserve a dying culture.Read more ›
Pinder's writing, as always, is lyrical and haunting. She leaves us with a novel, characters, and a world that bring in their wake an unnerving gaze at the lives of those who cannot outrun regret. Alix is told, by another writer who has attempted to sort through the acclaim and sorrow of Austin Hart's life, "You're not going to come out in one piece." Alix Purcell's effort to "follow clues to the unknown world" of Austin Hart and his infamous removal of totem poles from the Haida people on the North Coast of British Columbia for permanent location in a Vancouver museum present us with a shattered world, a world that Alix, and the reader, must live to reassemble.
In Bring Me One of Everything, Pinder writes with a poet's feel for language and imagery. She is a novelist who fishes in deep water and we can do nothing less than marvel at what she manages to catch.
Readers that discover Bring Me One of Everything will, understandably, want to read more from Leslie Hall Pinder. They will not be disappointed to find that Pinder's previous novels, On Double Tracks and Under the House are also intricately crafted, finely woven stories of a writer who seems to wear winged shoes as she navigates the tricky worlds in which we must try to live.
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Other reviews have outlined this beautiful novel's context, characters, and exquisite writing. I want to praise the naked honesty with which it lays bare a parent-adult child... Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Michael J Brown
Leslie Hall Pinder is a phenomenal writer. She weaves the stories of Alicia Purcell, Austin Hart, the native tribes, Alicia's mother and Austin's family members into a... Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by My Book Addiction and More
If I have time to read, it's a luxury, and I want to be entertained by what I read. I was that, thoroughly entertained by this novel. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Trixxxie
This book was my first choice to curl up with on a snowy weekend. It did not disappoint!
The characters are rich and full - like old friends you thought you knew but still had... Read more
In her new novel, Bring Me One of Everything, Leslie Hall Pinder offers us the double intrigue of watching a seminal (and controversial) event in the history of Haida monumental... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Barbara Lambert
This is a great book. The storyline is strong and compelling, the imagery fabulous and lush, and the ending just right. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Megan E. Close