Friday, January 13, 2012

Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnson


What an amazing story.  I began this novel many months ago, but kept putting it aside for more pressing novels.    And this novel is huge - in length and also breadth.  It spans the life of Newfoundland's "father"of Confederation, Joey Smallwood.  He is at times inspiring, annoying, exasperating, uplifting.  It only tells his story by the perspective of his relationship with Sheilagh Feilding - a woman with whom he knew as a young man, who weighed heavily on his personal and professional life.  They would, in modern language, be known as frenemies.  But reading his story through this different perspective makes his life all the more complex.  And Feildings as well.  I can't recommend this story enough!

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