Clara Callan

  • Title: Clara Callan
  • Author: Richard B. Wright
  • ISBN: 9780007144884
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Clara Callan In a small town in Canada Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister Nora who is bound for New York It s a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry and people
    In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York It s a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies Meanwhile, the two sisters vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked by a shared past try to find theirIn a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York It s a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies Meanwhile, the two sisters vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked by a shared past try to find their places within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.While Nora embarks on a glamorous career as a radio soap opera star, Clara, a strong and independent minded woman, struggles to observe the traditional boundaries of a small and tight knit community without relinquishing her dreams of love, freedom, and adventure However, things aren t as simple as they appear Nora s letters eventually reveal life in the big city is less exotic than it seems, and the tranquil solitude of Clara s life is shattered by a series of unforeseeable events These twists of fate require all of Clara s courage and strength, and finally put the seemingly unbreakable bond between the sisters to the test.

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    About Richard B. Wright


    1. Richard B Wright is a Canadian novelist.Born in Midland, Ontario, Wright attended Trent University, from which he graduated in 1970 He is the author of 13 published novels and two children s books Many of his older novels were out of print, but were republished after his novel Clara Callan won three of Canada s major literary awards in 2001 the Giller Prize the Trillium Book Award and the Governor General s Award.He currently lives in St Catharines, Ontario.


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    1. One of the best Canadian novels of the millennium (so far!)When it was published in 2001, Clara Callan swept Canada’s book awards, including the Governor General’s Award and the Giller Prize (a feat I don’t think has been duplicated). No wonder. This novel is that rare thing: a literary page-turner.It tells the story of two Canadian sisters living vastly different lives in the mid-1930s: the eponymous, 30-something Clara is a schoolteacher in a small Ontario town (about two hours from Toro [...]

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    2. Onvan : Clara Callan - Nevisande : Richard B. Wright - ISBN : 60506075 - ISBN13 : 9780060506070 - Dar 432 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2001

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    3. I very much enjoyed this book. It mixes diary entries with letters in a hybrid epistolary novel, but does it very well. I complained because Jo Walton's Among Other was in a diary format but didn't use it as well as I would have liked. This is how to do it well. There is a narrative here, related by Clara to her sister, Nora, her friend, Evelyn, or, much of it, to herself alone. And it is compelling.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. Y [...]

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    4. Clara CallanGreat story-telling and characters, love the historical background and the strong but complicated female characters.Couldn't stop listening to this audiobook and the journal entries/epistolary structured works very well in audio.Highly recommend it if you are looking a well written historical fiction that's also a page-turner.

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    5. As I mentioned, I had mixed feelings about this one The beginning was great; I was enchanted! Clara Callan, the main character, was a poetess and I quite identified with her and the way she viewed life. I was delighted with the letters sent between the two sisters and I liked the contrast of the two voices: the reserved, pensive voice of Clara and the more exuberant one of Nora.Actually, I spent almost the whole book thinking I really liked Clara and Nora, but by the end I realized my feelings o [...]

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    6. Originally borrowed from the library. Loved the book so much, I bought my own copy. I'm not alone: it won 5 prizes, two of which were the GG's Award for Fiction & the Giller Prize.

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    7. Clara Callan, the protagonist of Wright's novel, is a small town spinster in the 1930s. She lives a reasonably comfortable life thanks to the inheritance of her father's house and a job as a local schoolteacher. Through her diary entries and exchanges of letters, mainly with her more glamorous younger sister Nora, Clara reveals herself to the reader. Wright has created a believable character that "grows on you" as her personality emerges little by little. Life's difficulties during the Depressio [...]

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    8. FYI: This edition of the book actually has over 400 pages, .I didn’t feel this was a strong novel. I wanted to like it (truly), but I just couldn’t care. The characters were largely underdeveloped on the page, and the forward motion was jumpy and jarring. The set-up was also poor with no real conflict until 50 pages in. Additionally, people raving over Wright’s ability to write women well is exaggerated: any man can write women just as any woman can write men, and there was nothing astonis [...]

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    9. I did enjoy this book. It was an easy, page turner that really didn't need any thinking about. Yet another book that I would never have picked up myself but was sent as a present.However I really struggle to see what the author was trying to convey in the novel. In many ways it seems haphazard and completely lacking in direction. There is no build up and not really even a proper ending. I can see how this [and seemingly mundane details such as details of trips to the dentist] makes it all the mo [...]

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    10. My library copy of Clara Callan came with the wavy pages of water damage and the cracked spine of heavy usage. While I read the book I felt I was sharing the experience with the people who had read it before me.Since there are many summaries of the book already written I will skip going over the details and just say this:A woman is raped, and that experience implies hurt, long lasting damage, and cries out for redress in some way. A pregnancy results. I was sad for her and quite anxious that she [...]

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    11. "Clara Callan" by Richard B. Wright was a fantastic read for my recent trip to Whitehorse. I had been dying for some uninterrupted reading time for a while now, and it was the perfect length, (415 pages), to fly me to Vancouver, distract me through my 3 hour layover, then fly me to Whitehorse. No - I wasn't finished when I got there, but I was close, and that's because this Giller prize winner is hard to predict.(I included the cover above that I wish I had for my book. Mine was unfortunately mo [...]

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    12. Two decals on the cover, one for being a 2001 Giller Prize winner, and the other, for a Canada Council Governor General Award, I was certain this would be a book worth reading.I am not sure what it takes to get a Giller Prize. Was it how the author dropped many Canadiana details into the story? Was it just a creative way to write a book, including only journal entries and letters? It's not really a pleasant read, many difficult parts, so I began to think there would be a fantastic twist at the e [...]

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    13. “I want so badly to help you realize, Elizabeth Ann, how difficult and puzzling and full of wonder it all is: some day I will tell you how I learned to watch the shifting light of autumn days or smelled the earth through snow in March; how one winter morning God vanished from my life and how one summer evening I sat in a Ferris wheel, looking down at a man who had hurt me badly; I will tell you how I once travelled to Rome and saw all the soldiers in that city of dead poets; I will tell you ho [...]

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    14. Great book! Wright is really successful at writing in women's voices. The story of 3 single women during the 1930s leading very different lives: a single schoolteacher in small town Ontario, her sister a radio actress in NYC, and their friend a lesbian radio/movie writer in NYC and LA. It is a very interesting description of the lives of women in another time and the issues they dealt with-pregnancy, abortion, rape, careers, politics. I really enjoyed their journeys.

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    15. The best book I've read this year. Love the historical background and the strong female characters.

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    16. Ex Bookworm group review:I'm not sure whether I liked Clara Callan or not.I quite like the episolatory novel - 84 Charing Cross Road is a great favourite from my soppy adolescence, and I have fond memories of Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett, which I studied in school. I don't suppose youcould do it now, really, as all those exchanges would probably be done over the phone, hence Clara's objection to getting a phone? It would have made Richard B Wright's job a lot harder! I can't say I found t [...]

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    17. This was a book I couldn't put down while I was reading it, and it was one of those books, which once it ended, I was sad to see it end.It was hard to find a fault with the book, and I'm not exactly sure what pulled me into it either, but whatever it was, I was transfixed by it. I loved how it was written by a collection of letters between the sisters and journal entries from Clara. I think it helped me enjoy Clara's character so much was being able to get into her head by her journal entries. S [...]

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    18. I stumbled upon this book on a table of "prize winning novels" in the Princeton NJ public library. It had won several prestigious Canadian prizes for fiction. It's the story of two sisters in the 1930s. Clara, the central character, and older sister lives and teaches school in a small Ontario town. Her younger sister has moved to NYC, where she's a successful radio star. The story is told through letters that they exchange over the years and through letters between Clara and Evelyn, one of Nora' [...]

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    19. Clara, a quiet woman, lives in the house she inherited from her father. A spinster school teacher who remains in her town of Whitfield. Her younger sister Nora sets off for New York to advance her career in radio.For four years (1934-1938) Clara and Nora write letters to each other. For Clara, life is difficult being a single woman during the Depression and things are not easy. Clara has a very personal and dramatic incident which forces her to confront her new circumstances in a very direct man [...]

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    20. Clara Callan started so promising. Two unmarried sisters from a small Ontario town pursue independent lives in the 1930s. Clara, a respected school teacher, in her early thirties, suddenly discovers she no longer believes in God and tests the expectations of her traditional community. Nora, the younger of the two, heads for New York to pursue a glamorous career as a radio actress. Through their letters and journal entries, we follow their very different lives.I loved the first half of the book, [...]

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    21. I have been wanting to read this book for the past 10 years now. When my first child was a baby I would walk in the afternoons and listen to a CBC program that read this story. I didn't hear the whole story at the time but enough to keep me interrested. When it was over I made a mental note to pick up the book and read itd here we are 10 years later. It was good, slow to begin, but once the story picked up I was engaged and wanted to keep up with the characters to find out what happens. Nothing [...]

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    22. In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies. Meanwhile, the two sisters -- vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked by a shared past -- try to find their places within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.While Nora embarks on a glamorous career a [...]

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    23. I loved this book from the very first page onwards. I identified with the main character and found her to be so real and well-developed she seemed like an actual person I'd want to know. It was also a fascinating glimpse into the 1930s in small town Canada and New York City. The other characters, the hilariously cynical and witty lesbian radio scriptwriter Evelyn is unforgettable, as is the pompous narcissistic author Lewis Mills. I felt lost when this book ended, so engrossed I was with these p [...]

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    24. Much of this book is epistemological, but so well done that it adds to the flow and personality of the book. Both Clara and Nora are well drawn and believable and even though Clara react quite differently to the situations she finds herself in than I would think normal, we are given enough of her unique character to find the reactions consistent with who she is.I didn't want to put this down until I reached the end. I was rooting for Clara all the way. Nothing pleases more than characters about [...]

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    25. Not sure about this one. The two sisters were very different, leading different lives but i found the book little boring, the book is set up where the two sisters write letters back and forth throughout the book, so it is a type of book for me that you can put it down for a long period of time and still be able to follow what goeson. It is an okay book but not one of the best i have read.

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    26. I enjoyed the snapshot into the day-to-day life and attitudes of the era. The characters were a bit weak and the lack of depth of emotion that the main character showed in light of a significant life event (I don't want to spoil the story) tipped me off that the author was male. I hadn't noticed initially, but that was a dead give away.

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    27. I know this won so many awards, but it didnt compel me enough to keep reading it. If a book doesnt capture me in the first 50 pages, I give it up. Because my mantra is " So many books, so little time".

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    28. This book is made up of correspondence between three very strong women in the 30s. I absolutely fell in love with Evelyn (she reminds me of the costume designer Jenny Beavan). There are references to so many great books in the letters between Clara and Evelyn I wish I'd taken better notes.

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    29. I'm a bit puzzled at why this book is lauded in the manner it is. I've seen it referred to as a Canadian classic. It is an interesting book. The condition of women in the period leading to the Second World War was thoughtful but I didn't find this compelling in any way.

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    30. Interesting story cleverly constructed, but not swept away.

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