The Stone Carvers

The Stone Carvers

Book - 2001
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Set in the first half of the twentieth century, but reaching back to Bavaria in the late nineteenth century,The Stone Carversweaves together the story of ordinary lives marked by obsession and transformed by art. At the centre of a large cast of characters is Klara Becker, the granddaughter of a master carver, a seamstress haunted by a love affair cut short by the First World War, and by the frequent disappearances of her brother Tilman, afflicted since childhood with wanderlust. From Ontario, they are swept into a colossal venture in Europe years later, as Toronto sculptor Walter Allward's ambitious plans begin to take shape for a war memorial at Vimy, France. Spanning three decades, and moving from a German-settled village in Ontario to Europe after the Great War,The Stone Carversfollows the paths of immigrants, labourers, and dreamers. Vivid, dark, redemptive, this is novel of great beauty and power.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2001
ISBN: 9780771086878
Characteristics: 392 p


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May 31, 2017

Stone Carvers is one of my all-time favourites. I highly recommend it to anyone I discuss books with.

Catmamakim May 25, 2015

An interesting storyline with great historical content about the develop of Ontario towns in the early 1900's, as well as First World War anecdotes. An enjoyable read.

Mar 11, 2015

A book that needs to be (re)introduced into the Canadian psyche as a must read.

Aug 03, 2012

This novel introduced me to the writing of Jane Urquhart. I later read Away, which is one of my favourite books, but this fictional novel makes you fall in love with the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge all over again.

jmp_markhampl Apr 25, 2012

love the historical component

Jul 23, 2008

Great Canadian story, gives a glimpse of life at the time around the First World War

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