The Reckoning of Boston Jim

The Reckoning of Boston Jim

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the 2008 BC Book Prizes

The colony of British Columbia, 1863. Boston Jim Milroy, a lone trapper and trader with an eidetic memory and a tragic unreckoned past, has become obsessed with reciprocating a seemingly minor kindness from the loquacious Dora Hume, a settler in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island. Dora's kindness and her life story both haunt Boston Jim, and his precise recollections inspire his attempts to buy something suitable for her in return. In The Reckoning of Boston Jim , his search eventually leads him to the gold rush town of Barkerville on the trail of Dora's capricious husband Eugene--the one thing, after all, that she really wants.

Publisher: [Vancouver, BC] : Brindle & Glass Publishing, 2007.
ISBN: 9781897142219
Characteristics: 310 pages


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Oct 18, 2018

I debated about how to rate and review this book. I enjoyed the read overall but disliked the ending. Then, after some processing, I realized that the book had to end the way that it did, and so I went with the fact that I generally did enjoy the read.

I enjoyed: the well-crafted story lines interweaving with each other; the solid development of the characters; the descriptive text that was well-balanced, adding details without bogging down the book; having a look at a less-well-known part of Canada's history (the BC Interior gold rush, especially as vs. the one in the Yukon).

I will look up other books by this author.

Sep 11, 2014

Excellent. Thoroughly entertaining.
Can`t wait for another novel

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