Read January 2008
Though a novel, Broken Ground is also a very faithful depiction of landscape, settlement and events only slightly hidden in new place names. The story evokes, and sometimes repeats, anecdotes old timers have recounted to us, making the book as much a history as a novel. Readers living in the Comox Valley, or even farther afield on Vancouver Island, may well find an enhanced sense of our place in the world and also gratitude for the hardy and often damaged people who established community out of wilderness. We can see material and living standard advances around us as a continuation from their difficult beginnings, leaving us with optimism and lasting gratitude.
This novel takes place on Vancouver Island in a fictional town of homesteading World War One veterans. It weaves an interesting story of the townspeople, and especially of memories of the war that some members cannot leave behind. Reminiscent of W.O. Mitchell's "Who Has Seen The Wind," Hodgins' leaves a lasting impression of Canadian societal culture on his readers. (Jan 2004)
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