I also would wager that many of these kids refuse to be friends with kids who don't fit their same socioeconomic mold. The Day The Falls Stood still is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction. The research is flawless and I often had to remind myself that I was not reading nonfiction.
I loved how Buchanan poses the progress vs. This speaks to many of the arguments between businesses and environmentalists today as well. I wonder if this issue will ever be resolved. Can we ever truly progress forward as society without hurting nature in some way? Buchanan also uses this novel as a venue to consider the possibility of a higher power. I enjoyed the various viewpoints presented throughout the text. Tom strongly believes that their is something out there watching over all of us; something that allows the loved ones who have passed on to stay behind and help in our times of need.
He feels his grandfather, Fergus, guided his decisions every time he is near the river.
Bess, on the other hand, doesn't believe in anything. Finally, I truly enjoyed the section of the book revolving around World War I. I know the basics of the war, but mainly only from a U. I found it fascinating to view the war from a Canadian perspective. I also enjoyed the letters and stories Tom told about his experiences. My heart ached for Bess as she tried to keep things running smoothly at home while Tom was away fighting. I can't imagine how difficult that must have been.
There is heart-break and tragedy but always a sense of love and hope. The history - Cathy Marie Buchanan provides sound research and weaves her story in such a way that makes it plausible - I love books that are so real it could happen. If none of that stuff interests you but you think environmentalism was "invented" in -- read the book anyway. He catches fish for pay, pulls dead bodies out of the river, works a few nights in the saloon he has a room over and is always on hand when help is needed down at the river. The Complete Series N. Oh, and what a beautiful movie could be made! Partly due to her family's financial struggles, her father's loss of a job, but mostly her sister's suicide, Bess transforms from a gullible, naive girl to a strong, independent woman almost overnight and against her family's wishes, she marries Tom.
I have so much respect for women who have lived through something like that. I honestly don't know how they do it. I enjoyed this book on audio and think the narrator did a nice job of conveying emotion. I also liked how she did the voices of the other characters in a different cadence so it was easy to follow the story.
However, the actual tone of her voice annoyed me at first. She sounded much too mature to be the voice of a seventeen year old. Yes, Bess ages as the plot unfolds and it was a different time period, but I don't imagine that most teenagers in that time period speak like middle aged women.
I had to keep reminding myself of Bess' age as I listened to keep things in perspective. I can't say anything more than that. Just read it and let me know if you agree. I can see why Buchanan chose to go that direction, but I don't have to be happy about it.
The history - Cathy Marie Buchanan provides sound research and weaves her story in such a way that makes it plausible - I love books that are so real it could happen. The stone walls of Loretto Academy are so thick I can sit curled up on a windowsill, arms around the knees tucked beneath my chin.
Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this epic love story is as rich, spellbinding, and majestic as the falls themselves. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company.
Book Overview Author Info About the Book Steeped in the intriguing history of Niagara Falls, this is an epic love story as rich, spellbinding and majestic as the falls themselves. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls.
Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near the falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she left it. She has shut herself in her bedroom, barely eating and harboring a secret. He is not from their world. Rough-hewn and fearless, he lives off what the river provides and has an uncanny ability to predict the whims of the falls.
His daring river rescues render him a local hero and cast him as a threat to the power companies that seek to harness the falls for themselves. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Niagara Falls, at a time when daredevils shot the river rapids in barrels and great industrial fortunes were made and lost as quickly as lives disappeared, The Day the Falls Stood Still is an intoxicating debut novel. Other Booksellers The broadest selection of online bookstores. Specialty Booksellers Interest-specific online venues will often provide a book buying opportunity.