Publisher: New Canadian Library
Released: 1945- Reprinted 2009
Source: Personal Copy
Two Solitudes follows the life Athanese Tallard, a French-Canadian, his second wife Kathleen, an Irish-Canadian and their young son named Paul. Athanese’s older son Marius blames all of his problems on English-Canadians; as a result he disapproves of Kathleen. Paul is given a view of both worlds, and seeing the clashes between cultures. Two Solitudes demonstrates the difficult politics through history, war, religious views and progression.
I struggled with Two Solitudes, at times I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish it. As an English, Quebecer I had a hard time with the politics. Our current politics didn’t help me want to read through this.
Throughout the novel, I had a hard time liking the characters. They seemed one dimensional, and didn’t really peak my interest. The writing was very dry, the pacing was very slow and I felt very standoffish towards this one. I’m glad I read this one, but I don’t recommend it. I was surprised that this book was the runner up in the Canada Reads 2013 battle.