A Novel

Book - 2009
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A multi-generational journey through millennia and across a continent, telling the stories, myths, and legends of those who came and settled, or came and went, leaving a legacy behind. The result celebrates the great and evolving character and spirit of Canada. Inspired by the true story of David Thompson, the Hudson's Bay-employed mapmaker who was the first to map the nation and told through the words of his great-great-grandson, Mike Mountain Horse.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670064922
Characteristics: 448 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 09, 2012

Gillmor retells selected aspects of Canadian history through key individuals and events. The common thread throughout the book is how these people and events are related to his main character, Michael Mountain Horse. Gillmor extracts the juicy bits and pieces from the sources he has read (see Author's Note) on David Thompson, J.A. MacDonald, Riel, King, Diefenbaker and Kennedy, Bethune, the World Wars, the 20's, Edward VII, the Depression years, Pearson, Cuban Missile Crisis, etc. and incorporates them into his book. These tidbits make for enjoyable reading. For example, I especially liked the story he tells of his main character looking after Edward VII's ranch in Alberta as I had visited it many years ago. Most of his descriptions of Canada's VIPs are caricatures showing their shortcomings and quirks. A gallant effort to make Canadian history enjoyable.

JAMMERS Nov 19, 2010

A poor attempt at historical fiction. Main storyline is uninteresting. You would think a book named “Kanata” would be more about Canada.

PPLBecky Jul 09, 2010

Good book overall. A few slow spells but the historical characters are very well written.

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