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REVIEW Broken Ground

SUMMARY ☆ Broken Ground ´ [KINDLE] ✽ Broken Ground ❁ Jack Hodgins – Broken Ground is a riveting exploration of the dark brooding presence of the First World War in the lives of the inhabitants of a “soldier’s settlement” on Vancouver Island From out of a stubbor Broken Ground is a riveting exploration of tK have built a new life for themselves But when an encroaching forest fire threatens this fledgling settlement it also intensifies the remembered horrors of war The story of Portuguese Creek is told by several of its citizens including a boy trying to recover from the sudden l. beautifully written very thought provoking

Jack Hodgins æ 8 SUMMARY

Oss of his father and a former teacher haunted by what happened to the soldiers he led in France With a memorable cast of characters and by turns heart rending and tragic humorous and humane Broken Ground is a powerful novel that immerses us in the lives of an entire community. I just re read this book and enjoyed as much as the first time It's a little difficult to get into but well worth the effort So much to think about as you read it; horrors of war ways we fail or abandon loved ones loyalty what it means to be family It takes place on Vancouver Island; therefore many of the scenes are familiar including the burnt out landscape after a devastating forest fire It should be reuired reading for any student studying Canada's role in WW 1 I should add that a number of members of book club did not like nor finish this book It makes me a little sad when a book I love does not resonate with people whose opinions I value

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Broken GroundBroken Ground is a riveting exploration of the dark brooding presence of the First World War in the lives of the inhabitants of a “soldier’s settlement” on Vancouver Island From out of a stubborn desolate landscape studded with tree stumps the settlers of Portuguese Cree. “Who told men that women want them to be heroes” Maude said “Not their mothers” Broken Ground was recommended to me as an underrated classic of Canadian literature and I have to admit that it meets that unhappy description When you look at the book's cover and see that it has pictures of both WWI soldiers going “over the top” from the trenches and a farmer following a team of horses with a primitive plow you might be tempted to say “Oh broken ground that's kind of a heavy handed metaphor eh” but here's the thing this dramatic irony is exactly what happened The same young men who dug the trenches in Normandy and survived their forays into no man's land came back to the “reward” of free land that only needed to be cleared and settled; often the most stump and rocked filled unprofitable and far flung wastelands that the government was hoping to establish outposts in by the sweat of the veterans' brows For King and Country and all that jazz My husband's great uncle Ivan lost an arm at Vimy Ridge but was granted a hundred acres of land in Saskatchewan upon his return that proved too poor to farm but adeuate for cattle ranching – and the exhumation of long buried dinosaur bonesIn the book we are introduced to the residents of Portuguese Creek a small settlement on Vancouver Island ringed by giant cedars which provided ready cash employment with the lumber company and impossible to remove stumps in the new farmers' fields The men for the most part are veterans of the Great War who choose never to speak about their experiences over there and their wives are stiff upper lippers whose own mothers knew the niceties of metropolitan living and modern conveniences When a stranger rides into town with scorched clothes and a muddy mare events are set into motion that will change the community forever Broken Ground is told from many shifting points of view and there was often not enough difference in the voices for me to keep the characters separate in my mind There were also some needless time shifts that didn't really serve the story but overall I admire what author Jack Hodgins achieved here The first section outlines the early daily life in Portuguese Creek The second section is the war time experiences of one of the main characters The third returns to Portuguese Creek to resume the action and also includes flash forwards to today when the last surviving settlers gather to watch a movie that has been made of their early days I didn't really believe in Taylor's abiding devotion or Nora's rejection of him or see the necessity of Elizabeth's origin story or understand Tanner's delinuencybut on the other hand I was mesmerised by Corbett's court martial and Matt's shifting memory of his role in it I was charmed by the middle of the night theft of the church and the scenes of the forest fire and especially the search for Elizabeth had me on the edge of my seat – Burning limbs were rolling across the fields now bouncing and leaping and turning and dropping all around us Sparks were landing Small flames ignited on the chicken coop An apple tree hissed and exploded into furry grey smoke The wind was so loud you couldn't tell if you were hearing it or not It was nearly as dark as night Every fence post was on fire like candles marking out the borders of the fields The cows were bawling running back and forth not knowing where to go tails high with runny manure flying behind them trampling Mother's garden into a chopped up terrible mess But most especially I was intrigued by the overall themes of memory and storytelling and how we agree collectively on history When returning soldiers refuse to share their experiences can future generations be blamed when they get their history from Hollywood movies made by the way by Americans who entered WWI four years and thousands of deaths after we Canadians did When the movie premieres that was made about the early days of Portuguese Creek Charlie marvels at how it centers on a person that he had thought peripheral to the community – and recognises that we all think of ourselves as the main characters in our own lives; as central figures in history itself I wondered what effect this movie would have upon future accounts of the War's survivors and the Fire of '22 Was this the “true” story we were witnessing in this world of popcorn and rustling candy wrappers Would it become the true story erasing from our memories the versions we'd heard a thousand times from those who'd been there and from those whose parents had been there Had we been honoured and celebrated and immortalized by celluloid or had something been stolen from us that we would never get back Overall Broken Ground might suffer from some unsuccessful literary tricks but the story is intriguing and important and the bones of it ought to be a part of every Canadian's education