The Book of Small

The Book of Small

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The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as an author. She wrote seven popular, critically acclaimed books about her journeys to remote Native communities and about her life as an artist--as well as her life as a small child in Victoria at the turn of the last century.

The Book of Small is a collection of 36 short stories about a childhood in a town that still had vestiges of its pioneer past. With an uncanny skill at bringing people to life, Emily Carr tells stories about her family, neighbours, friends and strangers--who run the gamut from genteel people in high society to disreputable frequenters of saloons--as well as an array of beloved pets. All are observed through the sharp eyes and ears of a young, ever-curious and irrepressible girl, and Carr's writing is a disarming combination of charm and devastating frankness.

Carr's writing is vital and direct, aware and poignant, and as well regarded today as when she was first published to both critical and popular acclaim. The Book of Small has been in print ever since its publication in 1942, and, like Klee Wyck, has been read and loved by a couple of generations.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2004
ISBN: 9781553650553
Branch Call Number: 709.0346 CAR 2004 21
Characteristics: 206 p


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Mar 15, 2016

Tender but not nostalgic, and a bit quaint, this little book of childhood reminiscences is a tiny delight. Sentences like "yellow eyes of musk blossoms peeped from crannies" (page 92) peep up every two or three pages.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

“Small roamed beach and woods, the dog with her always. Owning him was better even than she had dreamed.” Who was Small? She was the embodiment of Emily Carr’s childhood—a phantom child. In this collection of vignettes, the reader sees life in Victoria, BC, at the end of the last century, as observed by a little girl of intense imagination. Delightful and memorable storytelling.

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