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Klee Wyck

Carr, Emily

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Klee Wyck
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The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as a writer. Her first book, published in 1941, was titled Klee Wyck ( "Laughing One" ), in honour of the name that the Native people fo the west coast gave her as an intrepid young woman. The book was a hit with both critics and the public, won the prestigious Governor Generals' Award and has been in print ever since. Emily Carr wrote these twenty-one word sketches after visiting and living with Native people, painting their totem poles and villages, many of them in wild and remote areas. She tells her stories with beauty, pathos and a vivid awareness of the comedy of people and situations. A few years after Carr 's death, signifcant deletions were made to her book for an educational edition. This new, beautifully designed keepsake volume restores Klee Wyck to its original published verison, making the complete work available for th e first tim in more than fifty years. In her intriguing introduction, archivist and writer Kathryn Bridge puts Klee Wyck into the context of Emily Carr 's life and reveals the story behind the expurgations.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Douglas & McIntyre, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 1553650271
1553650255
Branch Call Number: 971.1004 C311k 2004
Characteristics: 152 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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Emily Carr was known for her art - vibrant paintings of wild British Columbia. She was also a writer, and this loosely autobiographical work describes her travels to remote Native villages to paint totem poles and other aspects of a quickly-disappearing world.


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Nov 27, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I have to admit I’m pretty disappointed with this one. I was so completely blown away by The House Of All Sorts, and this earlier work is nowhere near as powerful despite a bigger landscape. There are some eerie pictures painted of empty Indian government villages and their abandoned totem poles, but there seems to be no beginning, no end, and no flow. Too bad, as this one won the Governor General’s award.

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