The Greatest "British Columbia" Books of All Time

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British Columbia

The category of "British Columbia" in terms of books encompasses literary works that are set in, inspired by, or explore the unique characteristics and culture of the Canadian province of British Columbia. These books often showcase the stunning natural landscapes, diverse communities, and rich history of the region. From tales of adventure in the rugged wilderness to stories of multiculturalism and indigenous heritage, the "British Columbia" category offers readers a captivating journey through this captivating province.

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  1. 1. Obasan by Joy Kogawa

    The book is a semi-autobiographical novel that tells the story of a Japanese-Canadian woman named Naomi, who reflects on her experiences during World War II. As a child, Naomi was forced into internment along with thousands of other Japanese-Canadians, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The narrative explores the themes of racism, identity, silence, and the power of memory, as Naomi grapples with the trauma of her past and the impact of her cultural heritage on her present life.

    The 850th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Curve Of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet

    "The Curve of Time" is a captivating memoir that chronicles the summer voyages of a widowed mother and her five children as they explore the rugged coastline of British Columbia in the 1920s and 30s aboard their 25-foot boat. With lyrical prose and a pioneering spirit, the narrative weaves together the family's adventures and encounters with the natural world, indigenous communities, and isolated settlers. The book is a reflection on time, nature, and the enduring bonds of family, offering a timeless meditation on grief, resilience, and the enchanting mystery of the sea.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

    In this poignant novel, a young vicar is unknowingly sent to a remote Native American village in British Columbia after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Unaware of his fate, he immerses himself in the lives of the Kwakiutl community, learning their traditions, struggles, and the encroaching pressures of the modern world. As he forms deep connections and confronts the meaning of life and death, he experiences a profound personal transformation. The story is a tender exploration of cultural understanding, spiritual growth, and the poignant beauty of human connections in the face of mortality.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Notes From The Century Before by Edward Hoagland

    In "Notes From The Century Before," the author embarks on a vivid exploration of British Columbia's remote wilderness in the 1960s. Through a series of journal entries, he recounts his encounters with the rugged landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the eclectic mix of settlers, trappers, and indigenous peoples who inhabit this frontier. His observations are both introspective and expansive, offering a reflective and often lyrical meditation on nature, civilization, and the human experience at the edge of the modern world. The narrative serves as a time capsule of a bygone era, capturing the spirit of adventure and the complexities of cultural intersections in a land poised on the cusp of change.

    The 5542nd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

    "Monkey Beach" is a captivating novel that explores the life of Lisamarie Hill, a young Haisla woman from Kitamaat, British Columbia, who is haunted by visions and the supernatural. The narrative weaves through her childhood and present-day struggles, as she deals with the mysterious disappearance of her beloved brother, Jimmy, at sea. Set against the backdrop of the lush Pacific Northwest, the story delves into themes of family, cultural heritage, and grief, while intertwining elements of Haisla folklore and the stark realities of indigenous life. As Lisa searches for answers about her brother's fate, she embarks on a transformative journey that forces her to confront her past and her identity.

    The 6417th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

    In this introspective novel, a diary washes ashore on a remote Canadian island, bridging two disparate worlds. The journal, written by Nao, a troubled Japanese teenager, chronicles her life, her contemplation of suicide, and her relationship with her great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun. The diary is discovered by a novelist, who becomes engrossed by Nao's story and is compelled to unravel the mysteries of Nao's fate and her own connection to the young girl. As the novelist reads, the boundaries between writer and reader, past and present, fiction and reality blur, creating a meditation on time, loss, and the intricate threads that connect human lives across the globe.

    The 6642nd Greatest Book of All Time

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