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Drowned Lands, The

by Stan Dragland

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Against a 1913 background of bitter feuding over water levels along the Napanee River in eastern Ontario, two young people find themselves persuaded to a hut in the Long Swamp south of Bellrock. A third youth, deaf and untrained in speech, imagines he can keep them safe from a danger he intuits but cannot understand. The novel is centrally about their interactions and, more generally, about the power of story and the beauty of true communication. The Drowned Lands follows the thinking and feeling of the main characters, including a circle of important background characters (a teacher, a doctor, the parents of the young folks, a dynamiter, custodian of the threatened dams along the river, and Bad Bob, a Barnardo Boy gone wrong). The controlling point of view is that of a narrator whose views, while not often intrusive, are important to the conduct of the story. Through him, the author probes sensitive matters like, among others, justice (flawed), individuality versus conformity, the effect of political and social conflict on the lives of individuals, the relationship of humans to the natural environment.

About the Author
Stan Dragland was born and brought up in Alberta. He was educated at the University of Alberta and Queen’s University. He has taught at the University of Alberta, at the Grammar School, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, in the English department at the University of Western Ontario in London, and in the Banff Centre Writing Studio. He now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was founding editor of Brick, a journal of reviews and founder of Brick Books, a poetry publishing house, for which he still serves as publisher and editor. Between 1993 and 1996 he was poetry editor for McClelland and Stewart. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism, and he has edited collections of essays on Duncan Campbell Scott and James Reaney.
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