Sointula

Sointula Review

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 the quintessential book on the region. Stymied by illness, writer's block, and whiskey, Peter makes an unlikely and unreliable shipmate and paramour. Tom, the survivor of a gunshot wound that slowed his speech and his drug-dealing, finds solace in his isolated life, collecting data for a whale researcher. As Evelyn and Peter approach, Tom waits for the whales' irregular visits to the water's edge. Like the novels of David Malouf and Jonathan Raban, Sointula is a celebration of place, a novel where the landscape comes as fully alive as its memorable characters.

Title:Sointula
Edition Language:English

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  • Billy

    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...

  • Magdelanye

    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 un...

  • Bonny

    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 medic...

  • Peter B

    What a trip…in so many ways. Gaston takes us from Victoria through the Gulf Islands by kayak and then up to Sointula by bus with a couple of unlikely travelers. Evelyn, who has come back to the West...

  • Lester

    Really had a good read with this book! Now I will leave the book on Hornby Island for the next person to enjoy.I liked that there was a mention of the book, Cougar Annie's Garden. I have that book..an...

  • Lynn

    Three misfits, one on Malcolm Island watching for whales, his mother coming by kayak, and a Brit wanting to write a travel book - so has done his history of Vancouver Island. Not really about Sointula...

  • Kristin

    Tedious at best....

  • Christelle

    Original story for sure. ...

  • Melanie

    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 ever...

  • Jane

    I probably would never have picked this book but my book club is reading it. It took me a while to get into it and to follow the 3 main characters. Evelyn is a middle aged woman who has left her husba...