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Drift

byLeo Brent Robillard

Paperback | October 15, 2011

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Paardeberg, South Africa is far from the Canadian prairies. In 1899, best friends from the small town of Portage la Prairie, Will and Mason, sign up with the Winnipeg Rifles'"A" Company to fight in the Second Boer War. Here they meet Robert, the silent anthropologist from Alberta with a mystery he isn't revealing; Claire, an Australian nurse, chafing under her parents' glass ceiling, who captures Will's heart at first sight; and Campbell Scott, a rebellious veteran with an African wife and a hot air balloon requisitioned by the army for spying.All are fleeing their former lives but to be free they must face the shattered bodies of war. In the dust and desert of South Africa, they drift towards each other in ways that can spell either disaster or salvation. Different reasons fuel each person's motion: Mason wants to fight in the name of justice, pride, and manliness. Will, hesitant from the start, ultimately learns that war is hell. Claire struggles for independence, and Campbell Scott drowns his disillusions in his wife's potent homebrew.Drift is about challenging and crossing borders and boundaries between and within countries, races, and individuals. History and fate have some hold over the characters but ultimately they have to make decisions in order to stop drifting. With breathtaking grace, Leo Brent Robillard delivers an unstoppable story.
Leo Brent Robillard is a poet, author, and educator. His work has appeared in various magazines, journals, and anthologies in Canada and abroad. He is a past recipient of the George Johnston Poetry Prize, and the author of two Turnstone Press novels, Leaving Wyoming, and Houdini's Shadow. He lives in Ontario.
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Title:DriftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.45 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Turnstone PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drift by Leo Brent Robillard Some authors write about war to glorify it. Others write to condemn it. Leo Brent Robillard writes to try to understand it and to help his readers grapple with it as well. His newest book, Drift, explores the complexities of the Boer War with clear-eyed acceptance of the brutality and curious insight into the reasons why people end up in war zones. Robillard is a poet and educator. That those are character traits and not jobs is evident in his writing. His books are literary works with a poetic feel that comes through even when he is describing the shattering effects of combat. His books entertain, but they teach us something as well. In Drift, two young men from Manitoba sign up to fight in the Second Boer War. Will goes to the heat and dust of South Africa with trepidation; Mason with enthusiasm and bravado. While there they meet an Australian nurse fleeing from an overprotective family, a journalist lubricated for his journey with generous portions of alcohol, and a hot air balloon pilot conscripted into service as an elevated spy. They discover that it doesn’t matter how or why people drift into war, once there, all face the same uncertainty, terror, and search for love that happen when a shared, but misunderstood, humanity hangs in the balance. Robillard explores the idea that often people don’t go to war, they go away from something else. Drift is a beautifully written story of a war that hasn’t been explored to the same extent as the World Wars. http://www.turnstonepress.com/turnstone-...
Date published: 2012-01-11