Book Reviews

Book Review: “Whylah Falls” by George Elliott Clarke

Summary from the inside cover: Whylah Falls is a mythic community in the heart of Black Nova Scotia, populated with larger-than-life characters: lovers, murderers and muses. George Elliott Clarke’s sensuous narrative sings with the rhythm of blues and gospel, spinning a complex, absorbing tale of unrequited love, earthy wisdom, devouring corruption and racial injustice. This is a rare and beautiful collection of poetry, as much in demand twenty years after its publication as it was when first released. It has inspired an acclaimed CBC-Radio drama, a popular stage play, and a feature film, One Heart Broken Into Song

My Thoughts: 

Despite all of itsamazing credentials, I personally wasn’t sold on this book. Poetry is just not my thing, to be honest. BUT with that being said, it is an incredibly moving story. When I was reading this, it sort of reminded me a little bit about the books by Ellen Hopkins because they were somewhat formatted nonconventionally llike her poems do. The main difference is that this book uses a lot more poetic devices, which can throw you off if you’re not a fan of poetry.

The book is quite beautiful though. The pages are that nice thick kind with a rough, old feel to it. If you are interested in this book, the ONLY way you can read it is in its physical form – with all the different fonts and sizes on your kobo or ereader, it will be difficult to fully appreciate George Elliott Clarke’s poetic art form. 
Final Thoughts: 

I give this book a 7/10. I personally don’t think this book deserves this grade, but I have to really stress that I seriously did not enjoy this. The plot line was fantastic though, and I think everyone should read books that deal with the effects of racism, because maybe it will change your own mind on the subject. The world needs authors like George Elliott Clarke that brings these issues to light, and I think he’s done an amazing job at it. AND he’s Canadian! So bonus right there! 

What are your thoughts on this book? 

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