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On the eve of his mother’s death Stephen comes home to Sawgamet a logging town where the dangers of working in the c Plucked this slim novel on a whim from the new books table at the library knew absolutely nothing about book or author A happy happenstance it is one of the most memorable books I ve read in a while Alexi Zentner eases you into the narrative enchants with superb story telling and introduces the magical elements slowly and subtly as the plot progresses A plain spoken and earnest narrator makes it easy for to suspend disbelief and get lost in the vivid and mesmirizing landscape characters storyThe setting itself is a major character a harsh even deadly landscape populated by ghosts and demons I did look uickly at some of the other reviews of this book and saw that severalcomplained the author broke the first rule of writing show don t tell But rules are meant to be broken And this is after all a story about story telling about the power and intimacy of oral histories passed down from generation to generation How else would you convey that except in the form of a fairy like tale

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Touch AUTHOR Alexi Zentner

Uts are overshadowed by the dark mysteries and magic lurking in the woods Thirty years after the mythical summer his g Touch by Alexi Zentner is the kind of novel I want to discuss with a friend Though I loved the lyrical style and mythical realism author s definition of this story set in the harsh wilderness of northern British Columbia I have come away with uestions and may not truly understand what happened here My plan is to go back and listen to the author interviews again and see what I can learnThere are some books that I am better off reading in large chunks rather than the bits and pieces that life sometimes allows This is one of them A debut Touch is only 264 pages so not overly long and could be read in a day or two by most readers My week of chopped up late night reading might have done some injustice to the whole I found myself going back and re reading to get it Set in the fictional town of Sawgamet the narrator Stephen an Anglican pastor has come home with his family to await the imminent death of his mother As he sits by her bedside he fills us in on the history of his forebears and the settlement of Sawgamet by his grandfather Jeannot Jeannot walks across the country with a dog stolen from a witch and establishes Sawgamet eventually leaving this gone bust logging town only to come back later to raise his wife from the dead Touch is a multi layered multi generational tale told in present day and flashbacks of story telling to Stephen by both his father and grandfather The story begins as Stephen tells us about his father the foreman of this logging community a job he received after a logging accident left him with no other option The winter Stephen is ten is not unusual for Sawgamet cold and freezing So cold that if you chop a hole in the river for running water it uickly freezes over This plays out to a a horrific accident that changes the course of Stephens life and of those around him This scene is uite powerful and one I won t forget and yet this may not be the most troublesome scene for some There is to come as winter digs in with all its brutal harshness in another piece of the story Touch is told much like the best of folklore and I was fascinated by the creatures introduced here They are all a bit creepy but somehow accepted the mahaha and wehtiko the ijirait the adlet were all new to me The allupilluit were somewhat familiar from a story by Robert Munsch These are female monsters who grab children who go to close to the water or sea without their parents Unless I m getting confused I think Zentner gives allupilluit different powers I mentioned that somehow these creatures are accepted and for me hold some delight They are much like the characters my father would phantom in storytelling to raise the hairs on my neck as a child the evil that lurks in the dark and might gobble me up if I was not a good girl or watchfulIn addition to some very interesting human characters the cold harsh snowy winters are also key players This weather sets the tone and is very atmospheric Spanning a time frame of the late 1800 s to the years of World War II this slim novel covers many topics logging fascinating gold family truth love marriage and survival It is about how stories are handed down from generation to generation and how those stories change in the telling leaving us with uestions of what is truth and what is myth The author feels most stories start as truth and somehow get retold with something of the truth remaining I agree Touch somehow escaped me until I heard an interview with Zentner on Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter I immediately sought it out and am glad I did

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Randfather returned to town on a uixotic search for his dead wife Stephen confronts the painful losses in his own life Found in my mailbox on April 2412 B day surprise from DJO Started reading this morning Got all nostalgic with memories of my father and the sight of him standing on the log booms he brought into our bay on the way to the sawmill logs that would be made into lumber for the new home he built for us when I was 6April 28 2012I finished this book yesterday but part way through my reading I had tweeted on Twitter that I was examining my fingertips for gold dust at every turn of the page While a bit of an exaggeration the truth is I wouldn t have been surprised to find some This is a magical book In fact this book like all of my books will become a BookCrossing book and will one day be left out in the wild for someone to find If my plan works the next person to read this book WILL find gold dust on their fingers or maybe on their pants and wonderI happen to have a little pot of 23 carat gold leaf I use to decorate my baking on special occasions I intend to use a bit to dust the pages of this book In all likelihood I will never know who finds the book or whether they even noticed the gold dust but it tickles me to think I might add to the magic of this book for someone to be continued when I finish doing my taxes grrrr


10 thoughts on “Touch AUTHOR Alexi Zentner

  1. says:

    A very good bookAlexi Zentner’s 2012 short novel about four generations of a family in western Canada in the late 1800s reminded me of a northern One Hundred Years of Solitude While it does not have the scope or breadth of Gabriel Garcia Ma

  2. says:

    It's funny I usually start out my reviews with a short little blurb of my own just rehashing the particulars of the story With 'Touch' though this story was so all over the place that I can't adeuately explain it's basis; it simply eludes me The official summary feels deceiving and makes it sound ripe with potential but it never lived up it t

  3. says:

    Plucked this slim novel on a whim from the new books table at the library; knew absolutely nothing about book or author A happy happenstance it is one of the most memorable books I've read in a while Alexi Zentner eases you into the narrative enchants with superb story telling and introduces the magical elements slowly an

  4. says:

    Touch by Alexi Zentner is the kind of novel I want to discuss with a friend Though I loved the lyrical style and mythical realism author's definition of this story set in the harsh wilderness of northern British Columbia I have come away with uestions and may not truly understand what happened here My plan is to go back and listen

  5. says:

    Touch is the sort of novel that Salman Rushdie might have produced if he'd been raised in the Canadian wilderness rather than India an

  6. says:

    Multi generational family drama mixed together with Inuit mythology which was fascinatingGoogle a alupalik to be s

  7. says:

    Excellent protrayal of what it must have been like for the first of the European immigrants to move to the further reaches of Western Canada during the times of the several gold rushes It's not about the populating of the land It's not about the finding of gold It's about the relationship of three generations of a family

  8. says:

    A book about the stories the places and the people that make us A book about love and loss and family I’m so glad I finally picked this one up

  9. says:

    Found in my mailbox on April 2412 B'day surprise from DJO Started reading this morning Got all nostalgic with memories of m

  10. says:

    I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway and I absolutely adored it I'm not going to lie; I consider a lot of Canadian fiction to be excessively drab and depressing seemingly for the sake of it but this was a breath of fresh air Certainly there are depressing parts to this story but I never felt overwhelmed by themI particularly enjoye