[[ BOOKS ]] ✯ Clara Callan Author Richard B. Wright – Bassgrotto.co.uk

Clara Callan In A Small Town In Canada, Clara Callan Reluctantly Takes Leave Of Her Sister, Nora, Who Is Bound For New York It S A Time When The Growing Threat Of Fascism In Europe Is A Constant Worry, And People Escape From Reality Through Radio And The Movies Meanwhile, The Two Sisters Vastly Different In Personality, Yet Inextricably Linked By A Shared Past Try To Find Their Places Within The Complex Web Of Social Expectations For Young Women In The 1930s.While Nora Embarks On A Glamorous Career As A Radio Soap Opera Star, Clara, A Strong And Independent Minded Woman, Struggles To Observe The Traditional Boundaries Of A Small And Tight Knit Community Without Relinquishing Her Dreams Of Love, Freedom, And Adventure However, Things Aren T As Simple As They Appear Nora S Letters Eventually Reveal Life In The Big City Is Less Exotic Than It Seems, And The Tranquil Solitude Of Clara S Life Is Shattered By A Series Of Unforeseeable Events These Twists Of Fate Require All Of Clara S Courage And Strength, And Finally Put The Seemingly Unbreakable Bond Between The Sisters To The Test.


10 thoughts on “Clara Callan

  1. says:

    One of the best Canadian novels of the millennium so far When it was published in 2001, Clara Callan swept Canada s book awards, including the Governor General s Award and the Giller Prize a feat I don t think has been duplicated No wonder This novel is that rare thing a literary page turner.It tells the story of two Canadian sisters living vastly different lives in the mid 1930s the eponymous, 30 something Clara is a schoolteacher in a small Ontario town about two hours from Toronto , One of the best Canadian novels of the millennium so far When it was published in 2001, Clara Callan swept Canada s book awards, including the Governor General s Award and the Giller Prize a feat I don t think has been duplicated No wonder This novel is that rare thing a literary page turner.It tells the story of two Canadian sisters living vastly different lives in the mid 1930s the eponymous, 30 something Clara is a schoolteacher in a small Ontario town about two hours from Toronto , and, as the book begins, younger sister Nora heads down to New York City to enter the exciting new world of radio acting.The book consists of letters mostly between the two siblings as well as Clara s diary entries Clara, living alone now that her school principal father has died, has a poet s eye, and her observations about life her reading, her attempts at poetry, her unmarried state she calls herself a spinster , the gossiping neighbours, the stern new minister, her students are ...


  2. says:

    I very much enjoyed this book It mixes diary entries with letters in a hybrid epistolary novel, but does it very well I complained because Jo Walton s Among Other was in a diary format but didn t use it as well as I would have liked This is how to do it well There is a narrative here, related by Clara to her sister, Nora, her friend, Evelyn, or, much of it, to herself alone And it is com...


  3. says:

    Clara CallanGreat story telling and characters, love the historical background and the strong but complicated female characters.Couldn t stop listening to this audiobook and the journal entries epistolary structured works very well in audio.Highly recommend it if you are looking a well written ...


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    As I mentioned, I had mixed feelings about this one The beginning was great I was enchanted Clara Callan, the main character, was a poetess and I quite identified with her and the way she viewed life I was delighted with the letters sent between the two sisters and I liked the contrast of the two voices the reserved, pensive voice of Clara and theexuberant one of Nora.Actually, I spent almost the whole book thinking I really liked Clara and Nora, but by the end I realized my feeling As I mentioned, I had mixed feelings about this one The beginning was great I was enchanted Clara Callan, the main character, was a poetess and I quite identified with her and the way she viewed life I was delighted with the letters sent between the two sisters and I liked the contrast of the two voices the reserved, pensive voice of Clara and theexuberant one of Nora.Actually, I spent almost the whole book thinking I really liked Clara and Nora, but by the end I realized my feelings of endearment had faded and I was left with a sense of disappointment and confusion.Possible reasons for disappointment I was sorry to see religion and religious people p...


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    FYI This edition of the book actually has over 400 pages, Goodreads.I didn t feel this was a strong novel I wanted to like it truly , but I just couldn t care The characters were largely underdeveloped on the page, and the forward motion was jumpy and jarring The set up was also poor with no real conflict until 50 pages in Additionally, people raving over Wright s ability to write ...


  6. says:

    Clara Callan, the protagonist of Wright s novel, is a small town spinster in the 1930s She lives a reasonably comfortable life thanks to the inheritance of her father s house and a job as a local schoolteacher Through her diary entries and exchanges of letters, mainly with herglamorous younger sister Nora, Clara reveals herself to the reader Wright has created a believable character that grows on you as her personality emerges little by little Life s difficulties during the Depressio Clara Callan, the protagonist of Wright s novel, is a small town spinster in the 1930s She lives a reasonably comfortable life thanks to the inheritance of her father s house and a job as a local schoolteacher Through her diary entries and exchanges of letters, mainly w...


  7. says:

    Originally borrowed from the library Loved the book so much, I bought my own copy I m not alone it won 5 prizes, two of which were the GG s Award for Fiction the Giller Prize.


  8. says:

    I did enjoy this book It was an easy, page turner that really didn t need any thinking about Yet another book that I would never have picked up myself but was sent as a present.However I really struggle to see what the author was trying to convey in the novel In many ways it seems haphazard and completely lacking in direction There is no build up and not really even a proper ending I can see how this and seemingly mundane details such as details of trips to the dentist makes it all the mo I did enjoy this book It was an easy, page turner that really didn t need any thinking about Yet another book that I would never have picked up myself but was sent as a present.However I really struggle to see what the author was trying to convey in the novel In many ways it seems haphazard and completely lacking in direction There is no build up and not really even a proper ending I can see how this and seemingly mundane details such as details of trips to the dentist makes it all thebelievable as a collection of diary entries and letters but I just don t understand why you would write the two most dramatic events of the novel into the first quarter of it leaving the reader amused but floundering for the remaining duration.Without meaning to sound preoccupied with gender, what interested me most about this novel was why a male author had chosen to write such an explicitly feminine novel All the voices apart from one are female and, although it is n...


  9. says:

    After the first few pages I was ready to give up on this one but kept reading and was totally engrossed The book is made up of letters from one Sister to the other along with a few other people Written from the 30 s through to 2000 this Award winning book became a page turner for me


  10. says:

    My library copy of Clara Callan came with the wavy pages of water damage and the cracked spine of heavy usage While I read the book I felt I was sharing the experience with the people who had read it before me.Since there are many summaries of the book already written I will skip going over the details and just say this A woman is raped, and that experience implies hurt, long lasting damage, and cries out for redress in some way A pregnancy results I was sad for her and quite anxious that she My library copy of Clara Callan came with the wavy pages of water damage and the cracked spine of heavy usage While I read the book I felt I...