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The Given

The Given by Daphne Marlatt 0771054580 9780771054587
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You remember -- what is it you remember? / the feel of home, that moment of coming into your body. . . So begins Daphne Marlatts haunting and multi-layered long poem, which reads with all the urgency and depth of a novel. Set in present-day and 1950s Vancouver, The Given begins with the news of a mothers death, then opens up to become an intricate tapestry of lives, as Marlatt deftly interweaves the past with the present, replicating the arc of memory itself, while questing for -- and questioning -- the meaning of home and identity. Circling around the narrators mother -- theatrical, troubled, imprisoned in the small existence of a 1950s housewife, and a persistent presence in the lives of others -- The Given is a ceremony performed for her, and for all those who have left, who go on burning in us. In luminous, deeply resonant fragments, Marlatt resoundingly answers the drive to live with deep attention in a now that is, for all of us, tangled in the past.

Author: Daphne Marlatt

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 136

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Publication Date: 2008-03-18

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