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@Read Book ô Sointula õ Summoned to the deathbed of a long ago lover, Evelyn is overcome by emotion Off her medications, she impulsively steals a kayak and embarks on a quest that takes her deep into the Canadian wilderness in order to find her lost son, Tom On the way to Sointula, a remote fishing village off Vancouver Island, she gains a traveling companion, Peter Gore, a writer working on th Evelyn, married to the mayor of Oakville, ON and on major anti depressants, receives word that her first love, Claude rhymes with load, not plod , is dying in hospital in Victoria, BC She drops everything and rushes to Claude s beside Before he dies, Claude lets Evelyn know that their son, Tommy, is living of the north end of Vancouver Island, after recovering for a rather severe injury Claude s ultimate death sets Evelyn on a journey to see her son.Without any of her possessions, other than Evelyn, married to the mayor of Oakville, ON and on major anti depressants, receives word that her first love, Claude rhymes with load, not plod , is dying in hospital in Victoria, BC She drops everything and rushes to Claude s beside Before he dies, Claude lets Evelyn know that their son, Tommy, is living of the north end of Vancouver Island, after recovering for a rather severe injury Claude s ultimate death sets Evelyn on a journey to see her son.Without any of her possessions, other than the clothes on her back, Evelyn manages for acquire a kayak and using her living off the land skills that Claude taught her, she takes to the water and starts paddling north She teams up with Peter on the way and the two make for an interesting study in self discovery and personal struggle.Perhaps it s because I live on Vancouver Island and can easily picture many of the locations that Mr Gaston describes that made it easy for me to dive into this book Maybe though, it s the way Mr Gaston has his characters examining their lives, something I find myself doing quite a bit, that really got me Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the book and find myself thinking about it quite a bit, now that I ve finished Living as I do on the west coast in the environment of this book, it was easy to immerse myself in its moody atmosphere and meandering pace Even my dislike of one of the central characters did not undermine for me the subtle brilliance of the writing and the deft handling of structure.Evelyn abandoned her reckless past for a staid life buffeted by prestige and anti depressants The book details her reawakening to life as she searches for her son in the wilderness.this is first impressions afte Living as I do on the west coast in the environment of this book, it was easy to immerse myself in its moody atmosphere and meandering pace Even my dislike of one of the central characters did not undermine for me the subtle brilliance of the writing and the deft handling of structure.Evelyn abandoned her reckless past for a staid life buffeted by prestige and anti depressants The book details her reawakening to life as she searches for her son in the wilderness.this is first impressions after just finishing this riveting and surprisingly thrilling tale I really liked this book though it took a long while for it to grab me At first, the principal characters aren t likable at all, and it appears the novel is going nowhere However, gradually, I got sucked in, and loved it.It s a quirky story A middle aged woman from Ontario leaves her home to come to the deathbed of a former lover in Vancouver Once there, she stays on incommunicado with her husband, and almost penniless for a journey to find her estranged son who is volunteer whale research I really liked this book though it took a long while for it to grab me At first, the principal characters aren t likable at all, and it appears the novel is going nowhere However, gradually, I got sucked in, and loved it.It s a quirky story A middle aged woman from Ontario leaves her home to come to the deathbed of a former lover in Vancouver Once there, she stays on incommunicado with her husband, and almost penniless for a journey to find her estranged son who is volunteer whale researcher and part time drug dealer in a remote area of Vancouver Island Along the way, Evelyn steals a kayak which serves as a writing vehicle to get her into all sorts of interesting territory and meets another semi lost soul an aspiring travel writer with a drinking pill problem who has come to Vancouver Island specifically to do that.So, it s a bit of an Odyssey Their travelling along the coast is a mostly intriguing journey for the reader Along the way, the writer weaves in bits of Native and early settler history Sointula, the title, comes from the name of a defunct utopian Finnish community A good read At times a bit tedious to read, some passages could be shortened or left out altogether This book is about a woman who takes control of her mental health by leaving her comfortable life and her medications behind and breaking out of a sort of prison , which kept her numb and unaware for years She sets out on a journey to find her estranged son whoo is living and working on the remote west coast Her journey is a sort rediscovery of who she is and how she is able to react and interact with oth At times a bit tedious to read, some passages could be shortened or left out altogether This book is about a woman who takes control of her mental health by leaving her comfortable life and her medications behind and breaking out of a sort of prison , which kept her numb and unaware for years She sets out on a journey to find her estranged son whoo is living and working on the remote west coast Her journey is a sort rediscovery of who she is and how she is able to react and interact with other people, some of whom have their own demons to battle.Great discriptions of the west coast and some interesting historical quotes Not a bad read