- Taschenbuch: 98 Seiten
- Verlag: Playwrights Canada Press (1. September 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0887545653
- ISBN-13: 978-0887545658
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,3 x 19,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 63.342 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Whylah Falls: A Play: The Play (Playwrights Canada Press) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 1999
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GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE s books include George & Rue, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Execution Poems, winner of the Governor General s Literary Award for Poetry; and Whylah Falls, chosen for CBC s inaugural Canada Reads competition in 2002. In 2008, he was appointed to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. He is currently the Poet Laureate of Toronto, and teaches at the University of Toronto.
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The story surrounds the Clemence family living in the fictional village of Whylah Falls, Nova Scotia, on the not quite fictional Sixhiboux River (see the actual Nova Scotian River The Sissiboo). The return of the wayward poet X to Whylah Falls triggers events the move the family and the village folk from poetic lust (Selah), romance (Pablo and Amarantha) and tragedy (the Death of Othello). A tragedy, I might add, of Sophoclean and Shakespearean proportions but without Sophoclean or Shakespearean pretentions-- which are lost within the sincere context of the character's simple and sweet rural maritime lives.
I especially enjoy "The River Pilgrim: A Letter" which is Clarke's ode to his own influences-- Ezra Pound and his bluesy rendering of Li Po's "The River-Merchant's Wife". And Clarke is able to create literary snap shots of the surrounding landscape, religious spirituals and love in pieces like "Each Moment in Magnificent", "solitude", "A Perspective of Saul", "Revelations" and "To Pablo".
Clarke tells the story through inspired poetry and prose which is bluesy, bold, and as intoxicating and compelling as the dark rum drank by he Othello. His writing speaks with a tongue that can only be understood with the heart and history of a maritimer. But for those non-Atlantic Canadians, this book puts Clarke's own past into words. He puts the frozen history of African-Canadian experience in Nova Scotia in motion for everyone to experience and know, if only for a short while.
His characters, speak not for themselves, but for the ages-- times lost in the rural life for Atlantic Canadians.
A book of 200 pages has a 30-page introduction written by the author. Whylah Falls is a home lost in memory, a place that never existed but not unlike a home one can only return to in memory because the home remembered no longer exists in reality.