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Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel (original: 2018; edição: 2018)

de Waubgeshig Rice (Autor)

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With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the council and community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader, they endeavour to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.… (mais)
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Título:Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel
Autores:Waubgeshig Rice (Autor)
Informação:ECW Press (2018), Edition: 1, 224 pages
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Etiquetas:fiction, apocalypse, post-apocalypse, canlit

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Moon of the Crusted Snow de Waubgeshig Rice (2018)

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Alas, given variances in subjective perspectives there are more than a few that may find this eloquently simple story slow and dull. In my view though, it's not intended to be distracting entertainment, but rather an interesting story encapsulating contrasting cultural proclivities. Something that more need see the value in if we truly care about our children's futures.

I don't see modern civilization crashing overnight as it does in the beginning of this story, but such was necessary in getting on with the intended story. To the story's credit it does, succinctly within context, relate how a majority of humans have been on a destructive path far too long.

Foregoing details that could give a false impression, I will say it's a hopeful story if enough see the value inherent in its telling.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
A slow-burner where suspense builds up to a shocking climax. Haunting, telling the tale of a modern First Nation tribe in northern Ontario, struggling to survive without the trapping of modern life: infrastructure and all that goes with it; food shortage; a hard, unforgiving winter with blizzard conditions and cold. I appreciated what these people went through, especially with outsiders--white people--coming onto the reservation to escape the same situation down south, and with their leader's brutality, forcing themselves upon this community. Writing was spare and characterizations full-blooded. I got a sense of some of the Ojibwa customs. A small thing, but I wish when native words were used [most meanings of which you could figure out by context] if the words in the spoken language are accented, accent marks had been used to show syllable stress. The title to me meant the time of year when the story took place.

Highly recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Apr 16, 2021 |
Evan Whitesky is out hunting moose when the cell phones stop working. Soon after, the reservation loses electricity, sat phones, and all other contact with the outside world. Then the blizzards begin.

I enjoyed becoming immersed in this dystopian novel and quickly sped through it in a day. The author is from Wasauksing First Nation, and the novel is set on an Anishinaabe reservation. Without being heavy-handed, some history of the tribe is included as well as native words and customs. It made for a very interesting read. ( )
  labfs39 | Apr 12, 2021 |
Living and working on a remote Canadian First Nations reservation with his young family, Evan Whitesky has been relearning many of the cultural traditions and skills of his Anishinaabe ancestors. One day, among the first snows of winter, his town suddenly loses cell phone service, swiftly followed by television signals and electricity. After two weeks of zero communication with the outside, it's clear that something serious has happened to the world beyond. Luckily, they have supplies to get them through the winter months — but then white strangers begin to arrive.

This is definitely one of the most creepy post-apocalyptic books I've read. The sense of foreboding was palpable, even when the narrative seemed outwardly benign and optimistic, and it also got into my head to the point where I dreamed about it (that's a first!). Totally recommended if you like a little creepy to go with your apocalypse. ( )
  ryner | Mar 25, 2021 |
"The world isn't ending. Our world isn't ending. It already ended. It ended when the Zhaagnash came into our original home down south on that bay and took it from us. That was our world".

I read Moon of the Crusted Snow with @wellreadnative book club. It's a dystopian tale about what happens in a small Anishinaabe community awaiting a blizzard when all power has failed. Communication is cut off and unwanted visitors mysteriously appear.

I absolutely loved this one. The writing was solid and the tension begins right from the beginning. We are introduced to rich characters with varying relationships with the ancestor's core beliefs and traditions. Colonial history is cleverly woven throughout the story. The author does a great job of laying out the scenes without giving too much away and there were times that I was literally holding my breath because the tension was so thick. Everything unfolds through Evan's POV, who cares for his community and is reclaiming his identity and ties to the traditions of his ancestors.

What was really clever was how the author was able to write a dystopian tale centered on colonialism. In essence, he is reminding us that what happened to Indigenous people is real life horror that is inescapable. The antagonist, Scott embodies white settler mentality. From the moment he enters the scene, he tries to exert dominance, shows dissonance for their ways, tries to tear down their traditions and uses force and manipulation to try to pit them against each other. Even as their world is literally falling apart with no end in sight his white supremacy is on display and working in the background.

But this was also a survivor story. The author highlights the history of strength and unity within the Anishinaabe people, their ability to survive challenges time and time again and their undying love of community and their traditional ways. It was beautiful to see how everyone has a part to play in the community and how being of collective thinking is key to surviving tragedy.

There were moments that were reminiscent of the early pandemic. It left me reflecting on the importance of always being prepared, being adaptive and supportive of your community. It reminded me of how embedded colonialism is into everyday society and how white supremacy exerts its' strong arm as it sees fit and has conditioned some people to believe that force is the only option to survive. Even in moments when all humanity is at risk, the colonialism mentality rears its' ugly head.

Bookdragon rating 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 ( )
  Booklover217 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the council and community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader, they endeavour to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

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