Klee Wyck

Klee Wyck

Book - 2004 | 1st U.S. ed
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The title of artist, writer, and rebel Emily Carr's first book means "Laughing One," the nickname given her by the Native people of Canada's west coast. She returned the favor with Klee Wyck, a collection of 21 "word portraits" of their lives and ways. The memoir describes in witty, vivid detail Carr's visits and travels as she painted their totem poles and villages and got to know a people whose "quiet strength healed my heart." The book is reissued here with restored text and features the original introduction by Ira Dilworth and a new introduction by Carr scholar Kathryn Bridge.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Douglas & McIntyre, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 1553650255 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1553650271 (acid-free paper)
Branch Call Number: 971.100497 CAR 2004
Characteristics: 152 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm


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Feb 25, 2016

For all its editorial additions, this edition lacks a map, so the reader has no idea where the places are that the writer is going to.
The book is a collection of a series of vignettes of life, friends, and places of the author, with only an open-minded kindliness as a theme that holds it together. The writing tone is soft and quiet, rather like Naipaul (of Miguel Street), but without the smile and without the scorn.

Laura_X May 07, 2015

Written by and about my favourite Canadian. Emily Carr writes short stories of her life, her art, and her friendship with the NW Coast first nations people. A compassionate, slightly eccentric, and fiercely independent voice.

Nov 27, 2012

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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