The Horsemans Graves by Jacqueline BakerThe Horsemans Graves by Jacqueline Baker

The Horsemans Graves

byJacqueline Baker

Paperback | April 22, 2008

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A stunning novel of passion, sin and redemption, The Horseman’s Graves returns to the harsh locale of Sand Hills on the Saskatchewan-Alberta border, the location for Jacqueline Baker’s multiple award-winning short story collection A Hard Witching and Other Stories. Speaking through the narrative voice of a see-all neighbour and filling her story with memorable characters—a blustering, pious priest; a mysterious “witch” faith healer; the town busybody; a fearful young farm wife who is virtually worked to death—Baker unfolds a tale of a small German farming community where the failures of one generation are passed on to the next.
Jacqueline Bakeris the author ofA Hard Witching and Other Stories, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Raised in southwestern Saskatchewan, Jacqueline Baker has been the writer-in-re...
Title:The Horsemans GravesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:April 22, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002008939

ISBN - 13:9780002008938

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended The Horseman's Graves Jacqueline Baker has the ability to capture the essence of storytelling as if she was a participant of the events. There is an "old-country" style to her storytelling. She kept the story real with little stories within the story, so real it was hard to believe it was a work of fiction. It is a hard story about a hard era but the narrator's "voice" flows so well it was almost impossible to put the book down. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Story + Eccentric Characters = Brilliant Book This is a story that takes place in Southern Saskatchewan approximately in the 1920s. A small rural town with a Catholic church as its centre and German immigrants as its inhabitants. The people are poor, the town is isolated and the citizens live a life of Christianity mixed with old-country superstitions. This tale of a town focuses mainly on two families, both outcasts from the others for very different reasons. The narrative switches focus from main character to main character propelling the story along quickly. Ultimately this is a tale of loneliness, superstition, coming of age, murder and love. This is a difficult book to summarize plot-wise as the plot unravels layer by layer and there is no way to talk about it without giving away spoilers. My opinion, on the other hand, is easy to summarize. I absolutely loved it! One of the best books, I've read this year. The story and the characters are haunting, the plot is many layered but it is the characterization that propels the story along. Nothing can compare to living on the desolate prairies in the early 1900s and to see how the early settlers, especially the women, managed and survived, though not always happily, makes for a riveting read. There are always eccentric characters found in this type of setting and many abound in this book. Baker's characters are full of life and all of them, nice and nasty alike, are developed to a point where they are real people with actions one can understand and showing feelings with which one can sympathize. These characters will haunt me for a very long time. This is one I plan on reading again someday and I greatly look forward to reading her next book. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written but depressing This is a typical Can-Lit offering full of symbolism and pathos. The story centers around a group of German immigrants that just can't seem to leave their small-mindedness behind them in the old country and who seem destined to drag each other down rather than working together to help each other. There is very little hope in this book and what hope their is ends up being destroyed. On the positive side, the book is exceptionally well written. Baker has a marvelous talent for evoking time and place that captures the imagination and holds onto it. If you like Margaret Atwood et. al. then this book is certainly worth reading
Date published: 2007-12-31