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by Marilyn Bowering

  • ISBN: 0006485375
  • Subcategory: No category
  • Author: Marilyn Bowering
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada, Limited; 1st edition (1999)
  • Pages: 340
  • ePub book: 1426 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1714 kb
  • Other: azw mbr lit mobi
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 767

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To All Appearances a Lady book. To All Appearances a Lady is Marilyn Bowering’s haunting, evocative debut novel and one of her most loved and memorable works

To All Appearances a Lady book. To All Appearances a Lady is Marilyn Bowering’s haunting, evocative debut novel and one of her most loved and memorable works. As Robert Lam sets off on his voyage up the coast of Vancouver Island, the last passenger he expects is a ghost.

To all appearances a lady. by. Bowering, Marilyn. This book was fascinating in the way it intertwined actual history of whaling and navigation with the opium trade and choices made.

To All Appearances a Lady It is one book and many: a Vancouver island coastal travelogue; a ghost. And now to their ranks comes Marilyn Bowering, a poet from Victoria, a debut novelist of power and mesmeric voice. To All Appearances a Lady harvests those adjectives which lie limp on publishers’ handouts: vivid, absorbing, perceptive, sensitive and spare. It is one book and many: a Vancouver island coastal travelogue; a ghost story, a trek after roots; a poetic monologue, and a history of Chinese struggle and settlement on the eastern Canadian seaboard.

Bowering, who had published several volumes of poetry prior to this novel, has produced here a stunning work of prose. Any study of a person's historical roots should have universal appeal, and this one does the job better than most.

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To All Appearances a Lady is Marilyn Bowering’s haunting, evocative debut novel and one of her most loved and memorable works. As Robert Lam sets off on his voyage up the coast of Vancouver Island.

To All Appearances a Lady is Marilyn Bowering's haunting, evocative debut novel and one of her most loved and memorable works. But when the spirit of Lam Fam-the woman who raised him-suddenly and mysteriously appears, the trip they embark on initiates a quest for the truth about a past both have been avoiding for too many years.

Marilyn Bowering (born April 13, 1949) is a Canadian poet, novelist and playwright. As well as several adventure novels and many books of poetry, Bowering has also scripted a number of dramatic works and a libretto

Marilyn Bowering (born April 13, 1949) is a Canadian poet, novelist and playwright. As well as several adventure novels and many books of poetry, Bowering has also scripted a number of dramatic works and a libretto. Bowering was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied English at the University of Victoria, and graduated with a Master of Arts degree.

Marilyn Bowering is an award-winning poet and playwright whose first novel, To All Appearances a Lady, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1990. She was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She has lived and worked in the United States, Greece, Scotland Spain, and Canada and now makes her home in Sooke British Columbia. Visible Worlds was a finalist for the fourth annual Orange Prize in 1998. One of the most important literary awards in Great Britain, the Orange Prize is given each year to the best novel published there that is written by a woman.

The Visitors Have All Returned - 1979. To All Appearances a Lady - 1989. Anyone Can See I Love You - 1988. Visible Worlds - 1997. Cat’s Pilgrimage - 2004. What It Takes to Be Human - 2007. The Liberation of Newfoundland - 1973. One Who Became Lost - 1976. The Killing Room - 1977. The Book of Glass- 1978. Sleeping With Lambs - 1980. Giving Back Diamonds - 1982. The Sunday Before Winter - 1984. Grandfather was a Soldier - 1987. Anyone Can See I Love You - 1987.

Marilyn Bowering (born April 13, 1949) is a Canadian poet, novelist, playwright, and academic. To All Appearances a Lady. Toronto: Random House, 1989. Marilyn Bowering in the Canadian Encyclopedia. Marilyn Bowering at Canadian Women Poets. Bowering, Marilyn at ABC Bookworld.

With the death of his stepmother,Lam Fan, Robert Lam is finally relieved of all family ties and obligations,free to cast off on his ship and leave behind memories of a painful past. But lam Fan, as cantankerous in spirit form as she was in life,has other ideas.

Comments

Tto Tto
I searched for and ordered this book when planning a trip to Victoria, where some of the novel is set. I love to read historical fiction to help me learn about a place. This book disappointed in that respect, as there was not much about Victoria. The book spent a great many pages describing, in minute detail, the coast of Vancouver Island, from a sailing perspective. While this was interesting to a point, it did not lend itself to character development or the story line. It felt so tedious at times, like the Waterloo tangent in Les Miserables (but at least the Waterloo segment helped with character development!). It was also too mystical for my tastes. I was hoping for a novel about life in Victoria at the turn of the last century and what I got was the seedy side of that life.
An upside was that I learned there was a small island off of Vancouver Island where outcast lepers were sent. The descriptions of these residents and their misery as well as compassion was well done and reminded me of my many readings of Moloka'i.
Made-with-Love Made-with-Love
Having grown up in Victoria and the West Coast of Vancouver Island I found it riveting.The characters and their interplay is brilliant. The tone of
" never quite happy" sets the pace, but one can't stop turning the pages to see if that illusive joy may one day be discovered. I will read more Bowering and am glad this was recommended to me.
Macill Macill
How sad to discover this book listed as 'Out of Print' here [it's still available at another on-line bookstore]. Bowering, who had published several volumes of poetry prior to this novel, has produced here a stunning work of prose.
Any study of a person's historical roots should have universal appeal, and this one does the job better than most. Vancouver, like any West Coast city, has strong multi-cultural roots. Bowering brings that phenomenon into stark focus with her account of Robert Louis Lam's search for his parents' histories. His tour guide is an astonishingly 'real' ghost; his Chinese 'grandmother' who nudges him from one information source to another. She gives nothing away, but goads him when he flags in the quest. It's supposed to be a holiday, but Lam Fan prods him to delve further into family records to derive the story. As the account unfolds, Robert's search takes the reader into the seamier side of West Coast life, portraying the Chinese struggling for existence in the face of white North American attitudes. Robert's mother is driven to move adroitly between those worlds.
Not enough praise can accrue to Bowering in her handling of the multitude of issues arising from depicting the West Coast scene at the turn of the century. Her characters, Lam Fan in many ways the most vividly portrayed of them all, are skillfully drawn. Bowering brings Robert Lam's mother, India Thackery, into the story with finesse, ultimately but subtly bringing her forth as the real lead character in a complex tale.
This book has appeal for a variety of reasons. West Coast life in the early years of the 20th Century has been buried under gold rushes, railroad building, and two wars which have combined to give white North Americans a dominant voice in what is related. Bowering has opened new vistas for us to consider. She's done it with a fine sense of compassion for human values instead of lofty, unrealistic goals and crusades. Life isn't experienced only by the wealthy, white, comfortable controllers of history. Every major community has its underpinnings. Bowering's book should be restored for sale to those wishing to learn more about their neighbours.
Gashakar Gashakar
This is without doubt the worst book I've ever read. All of the characters were despicable, the writing was mediocre at best, and the whole plotline was rather pointless. Pages and pages of empty sentiments mixed with pathetic symbolism compose this book, which I strongly advise anyone who reads this to avoid at all costs. I'm embarassed to live near the author.
Mr_Mole Mr_Mole
Found this treasure while visiting Vancouver Island, BC - the setting for the story. An unexpected tour guide, as well as a great read.