Childforever

Description

206 pages
$15.95
ISBN 1-55128-035-3
DDC C813'.54

Publisher

Year

1996

Contributor

Reviewed by Beverly Rasporich

Beverly Rasporich is an associate professor in the Faculty of General
Studies at the University of Calgary and the author of Dance of the
Sexes: Art and Gender in the Fiction of Alice Munro.

Review

As a mature man, Will Sawnet discovers that he was adopted. Thus begins
his troubled search for his Native mother, and his own identity.

Ian McCulloch experiments with intertextuality, juxtaposing a largely
realistic narrative with episodes (in italics) of Coyote myth. His
carefully crafted prose contains some remarkable moments of image-making
and poetry. This otherwise enjoyable novel is marred by stilted dialogue
and a tendency toward melodrama. The author is of mixed Cree and
Scottish ancestry.

Citation

McCulloch, Ian., “Childforever,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 26, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/3998.