Sunday, July 15

Book Review: Street of Riches

Title: Street of Riches

Author: Gabrielle Roy

Pages: 158

Summary: This book is a collection of charming stories which depict a young girl growing up on a quiet street in St. Boniface, Manitoba. With their warmth and insight, these stories reflect every childhood: the disappointments, the excitement and elation, the gradual progress from innocence to experience. Yet they are truly distinctive, for they portray a uniquely French Canadian family - Papa, Maman, and their eight children - settled in the Canadian west and very much part of two cultures.

When street of Riches was first published in 1957, Gabrielle Roy had already firmly established herself as a star in a literary firmament with such books as The Tin Flute, Where Nests the Water Hen, and The Cashier. Roy's semi-autobiographical anecdotes of her childhood and her large colourful family were greeted by the unanimous acclaim of critics across the country, and the book was subsequently named winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall a good read and an excellent story. First time with the author, and the book, especially the writing and storytelling me has me craving for more - I will defiantly be reading the other books by the author sooner rather than later.

The story isn't much different than others in its genre. The story jumps around in time, as the reader is told snippets of the main characters life or what she has observed. The author managed to create the memories of the main character wonderfully, and believable. It takes into consideration how the memory really works, and looks at each of the events as she saw them, so even as she retells them, she still doesn't fully understand them. I'm not sure how the author managed it, but while reading the book, it did feel like the narrator recalling random memories of her life to the reader, yet it all came together as one interconnected story.

The writing was spectacular. The author captured the narrator's voice perfectly and the style kept my attention and at times made me not want to put the book down. It wasn't a gripping novel, but it was an enjoyable read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would the style may not be for everyone as it doesn't give a complete timeline of events, with the short stories but it's still a good read and they all come together as one complete story told in smaller snippets.

What to read next: The Road Past Altamont, Tin Flute, A Bird in the House, Agassiz Stories

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge Short Story Challenge

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