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But the book isn't special simply because of it's message, the characters are heart-breakingly real and the places are touchable. I know the house Nannie lives in and her clearing in the Alberta bushland. I can see the path she and Little Bit travel on the during that fateful night.
If everyone read and absorbed a 10th of this book, the world could change for the better. Congratulations and thank you to Christina Carson for writing a life-altering story.
One thing is certain. Ms. Carson loves the setting and creates a painting with her descriptions of an isolated, yet wholly stimulating life in the bush. Unconditional love exists in this world - between the animal kingdom and humans. It's the humans who have a bit of trouble when it comes to practicing unconditional love with those closest to them. Ms. Carson makes Timber, her dog, and Spook, her horse, characters in this book. They become the symbol of what we strive for, but somehow when pride and emotions play chess with the people on the board, unconditional love seems to be impossible to achieve.
The author displays a healthy respect for and acceptance of wildlife, despite dangerous encounters with the most beastly of bears, the grizzly.
The "little children" who suffer in this novel do so because of the judgments and conditions adults put on "love." Through a native family, lessons on love and acceptance of the past help the other characters move forward in their lives.
The main character, Anne, learns her lesson well, which allows the suffering to end.
Anne states, "I believe that every child, whether fifteen or fifty, longs to hear from his or her parents those words that say `I am sorry for all I did that hurt you.'" Anne realizes this as she helps her neighbor's daughter, Little Bit, deal with the betrayal of her parents, and as Anne herself works to restore her relationship with her daughter.
Suffer the Little Children teaches life lessons, such as this one: "If you're willing to have something new come about, you must be equally willing to let go of how it's been."
It also shows that the natural world provides a map for leading fulfilling lives free from free.
Ms. Carson's descriptions are vivid enough for me to imagine Anne's home and the massive bush of Alberta. The lure of nature leads the characters to the answers for all the questions lying within their hearts.
If you love multi-faceted plots with a majestic landscape providing a backdrop for the characters, then you will love Suffer the Little Children. You might even learn a little bit about living a sustainable and simple life filled with the only thing that matters: love."
Christina's characters are recognizable as ourselves and as people we would love to spend more time with in deep conversation. Luckily through her book, we can.
You'll love this book, and like me, you will be happy to tell all your friends to read it!
The book begins with a visit to Anne's lonely cabin from her nearest neighbor's 13-year-old daughter, who has run away from home. This girl, whose name is Sarah and whose nickname is Little Bit, finds a loving surrogate mother in Anne and finds safety in her house, protected by Anne and her big Bouvier dog, Timber.
I realized early on that this book is not so much about the beauty of the north woods and the challenges of carving out a life there, where your nearest neighbor is five miles away, and there are only five families within a radius of an hour's drive. The book is about mother-daughter relationships, and specifically about running away from your problems. Anne's real daughter ran away years ago, not long after Anne's husband's tragic death, and they haven't had contact since. Her budding relationship with the girl, Little Bit, reawakens old painful memories of what happened between her and her own daughter, and Anne realizes she will have to confront her greatest fears and weaknesses in order to go on living.
Out of this simple and classical premise, Christina Carson builds an elegiac and moving novel. The vast and beautiful and dangerous wilderness stands for the unexplored spaces in the human heart, the places you don't even dare to go. I read the book slowly, revelling in the spare, compressed language and content to follow every meander of Anne Mueller's thoughts as she progressed in her exploration of the dark interior of her own soul. This book is a real winner, a classic.
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