The stone carvers

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When the world was still reeling from the staggering losses incurred in the First World War, an unknown Canadian sculptor was raising a colossal monument in France, where so many of his countrymen had fought and died. Unveiled in 1936, the Memorial at Vimy Ridge still stands as a stark reminder of the more than 11,000 Canadians who gave their lives in France-and as a testament to the vision and single-minded obsession of its now-forgotten architect, Walter Allward. It is against the backdrop of this incredible achievement that Jane Urquhart sets her intricately woven new novel. At the center of the story is Klara Becker, the granddaughter of a master woodcarver, who spends her childhood in a German-settled community in southwestern Ontario in the years leading up to the war. It is a childhood punctuated by tremendous losses: her mother dies of cancer when she is a teenager; her older brother disappears; and her brief but passionate love affair with Eamon O'Sullivan is cut short when he is killed in action. But Klara's inherited gift for carving will reunite her with her brother and bring her unexpected happiness. In the tradition of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsongand Pat Barker's Regeneration, The Stone Carversis vintage Jane Urquhart writing at the height of her powers.
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display_descriptionIn 1867 a good-natured Bavarian priest, is sent by God and mad King Ludwig to the wilds of North America. Soon the backwoods are transformed into a parish and the settlers into a congregation, and Joseph Becker, a woodcarver, meets his future wife. Several decades later, Joseph Becker teaches his astounding carving skills to his grandchildren. One of them, Klara, shows exceptional talent and has a surfeit of what the local nuns call "a fondness for men's work." Untamed, she falls in love with an Irish boy, Eamon O'Sullivan, only to have him leave to fight in the Great War.
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Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b58738368BookBooksEnglishPenguin Books, 2003.392 pages ; 20 cm
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subject_facetBrothers and sisters -- Fiction
Clergy -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Germans -- Canada -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Ontario -- Fiction
Single women -- Fiction
Stone carvers -- Fiction
War memorials -- Fiction
World War, 1914-1918 -- Ontario -- Fiction
title_displayThe stone carvers
title_fullThe stone carvers / Jane Urquhart
title_shortThe stone carvers
topic_facetBrothers and sisters
Single women
Stone carvers
War memorials
World War, 1914-1918