Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

Joseph Boyden: The Orenda

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

Joseph Boyden is an award winning Canadian writer. The Orenda is a must read, documentary the early contact between missionaries, natives and colonial settlers in Canada. I swear Boyden was channelling spirits in this work. He has multiple narrators, all of whom are breathtakingly realistic. The atmosphere is haunting and palpable. Although this work was discussed at great length because of some graphic violence, I believe he wrote the history the way it occurred. I dislike violence, and had to skip scenes which were too much for me. This does not diminish the value of his work. It’s one of the most beautiful, evocative tales I’ve experienced. He’s a genius.

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