Swamp Angel

Swamp Angel

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Book - 2005
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Convinced that she must find a better life, plucky Maggie Vardoe walks out of her intolerable marriage and heads for the B.C. interior where working in a fishing camp heals and restores her spirit.
Publisher: Ottawa, Ont. : Tecumseh Press, 2005
Description: viii, 275 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781896133515
Branch Call Number: Wils
Additional Contributors: Geng, Li-Ping.
Geng, Penelope Hui.


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Feb 11, 2019

Full of wisdom, poetry and beautiful British Columbia.
Just a few examples:
“Human beings meet, yet the meetings are not the same. Meeting partakes in its very essence not only of the persons but of the place of meeting. And that essence of place remains, and colors, faintly, the association, perhaps forever.”

"Passing winds seemed to have left lanes of silver on the water but now the pointed trees beside the cabin had become still. The morning was yet gray and the movements of two phantoms on the rough grass in front of her cabin seemed to be part of sleeping, not of waking. Then she became aware and sat up very slowly. She stayed as still as a stone, filled with instant delight. About ten feet away was a young deer, so young that its pale dapples showed as almost transparent. …”

"... a situation as light as a cobweb, as strong as prison, and sillier than a poor joke."

"There comes to each of us the moment of return or no return, choose or reject - that moment passes, and no power in heaven or earth can recall it …"

Apr 19, 2017

Every time something started to happen....it fizzled out..... and left the reader hanging. The "Swamp Angel" title was based on an object which appeared to be irrelevant to everything that didn't happen.

The actually 'writing' itself drove me crazy. A lot of sentences/thoughts appeared to come out of nowhere .... thoughts were left hanging and/or incomplete and also often off topic to what was currently happening.

Perhaps it wasn't meant to be a story that has a beginning and end....it was just a series of rambling incidents that never ended. It was like listening to someone who's stoned on pot try to tell you something that happened to them ... the prose would wander back and forth and there as no structure or meaning to anything

Jan 08, 2016

One of the 15 books on the long list for Canada Reads 2016

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Walking out on a demoralizing second marriage, Maggie Lloyd leaves Vancouver to work at a fishing lodge in the interior of British Columbia. When the serenity of her new life is disturbed by the irrational jealousy of the lodge-keeper’s wife, Maggie manages to restore her own broken spirit and becomes a healer to others. Published in 1954, Swamp Angel is Ethel Wilson’s best-loved novel and remains an astute and powerful study of one woman’s integrity and the redemptive power of compassion. David Stouck’s Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography will provide book clubs with more food for discussion.

Jan 11, 2012

An engaging story of male-female relations with a surprise ending (for the 'Swamp Angel'). The author has the keen eye of a photographer and the descriptive power of a poet.

Sep 04, 2011

A hidden jewel of book.

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