Splashing around in books.
I see you are reading the Canada book. I was so taken by the verisimilitude of it that I went online to see if it was based on a "real live" family. The narrative is so authentic and straightforward, the memories so convincingly drawn that I completely believed the story of this kid's life. Through his young eyes, the father and mother and the snarly sister (to say nothing of later characters in the book) were portrayed with more understanding than any adult narrator could have rendered. I recently read a quote from a veteran that set forth the proposal that one of the reasons for shaping a story about your life is so you can control it. That was the impression I got when I read Dell's story: his absolute necessity to recollect and take ownership of those memories. Great book.
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