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by Michael Ondaatje

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The book follows the life of Patrick Lewis, who is born in a rural logging town outside of Toronto called Depot Creek. He grows up with only his father, who works as a cattle herder on someone else’s land. His father is a quiet man, and Patrick lives an isolated life alone on the farm, becoming an astute observer of insects and small life around him. His father teaches himself the art of dynamiting, and he gets himself a job in the logging companies helping clear log jams in the rivers by dynamiting stuck logs. Patrick helps him every step of the way, and it is only after his father dies that Patrick leaves for the city of Toronto.

The chapter The Bridge is an in-depth look at the building of the Bloor Street Bridge through the workers…

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Posted By nana n #382907 at Aug 26, 2014 10:46 AM

Explain how this novel gives a face and voice to those men and women.

This novel discusses many ideas, one being that the City of Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks were built on the backs of voiceless, faceless immigrants.

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Posted By keegan s #362893 at Mar 23, 2014 8:44 PM

What is the significance of the title of this book?

how does the author make the title relevant to the story?

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Posted By agahan k #299023 at Jan 30, 2013 10:48 AM

Colonialism and the British Empire

Some aspects of the novel that deal with colonialism and the british empire. How is the legacy pf the empire evident in the novel.

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