Lilac Moon

Lilac Moon

Dreaming of the Real West

Book - 2005
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The West was once about the romance and drama of wilderness.Later, it came to be about the enormous promise of resource wealth. There areonly remnants now both of the wilderness and of the promise, and the resourceshave proved a mixed blessingbut the people of the West remain.

In this bestselling book, Sharon Butala looks at the history andvision of the West, a vision as unique as the winter-tinted prairie moon of hertitle. Butala challenges stereotypes and myths, not just those held by Canadiansfrom the East, but those held by Westerners themselves. From the pioneer past toparty politics, from rural myths to urban realities, Butala blends her ownexperiences with the great themes of Western life. Intensely personal and deeplythought-provoking,Lilac Moon is a book for all Canadians who want toknow and understand one of the founding dreams of our nation.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002007788
Characteristics: xvi, 255 p. ; 22 cm. : ill


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Mar 27, 2013

Basically, it is her views on what makes Man., Sk and AB uniquely "Western" as opposed to the rest of Canada. Can't say for sure whether I agree entirely with her perspectives, especially when it applies to Natives; but, she does provide some interesting thoughts. Her book is divided into chapters assigned to the question "What makes a Westerner?" Her answer, by chapter is:

Our relationship to the land
Our uneasy relationship with the Aboriginal population
Our stubborn refusal to recognize the "French fact"
Our excessive reverence for our pioneers and our pioneering past
Our profoundly patriarchal world and our gritty, resolute women
Our constant dissatisfaction
Our mythic view of the West

An easy and short book to read.

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