PDF/EPUB Tell by Frances Itani

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Tell by Frances Itani Summary ì 108 She had long set aside As the decade draws to a close and the lives of these beautifully drawn characters become entwined each of them must decide what to share and what to hide and how their actions will lead them into the futureWith the narrative power and writerly grace for which she is celebrated Frances Itani has crafted a deeply moving emotionally rich story about the burdens of the past She shows us how ultimately the very secrets we bury to protect ourselves can also be the cause of our undoing Tell is stunning achievement g. What a lovely story uiet and unassuming and simply lovely

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Tell by Frances Itani Summary ì 108 The bestselling author of the award winning international sensation Deafening returns to the period following the First World War with a tour de force an extraordinary novel of secrets withheld and secrets revealedIn 1919 only months after the end of the Great War the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past both visible and hidden Kenan a young soldier who has returned from the war damaged and disfigured confines himself to his small house on the Bay of uinte wandering outside only under the cover of n. Frances Itani s recent novel Tell takes the reader back to the end of World War I and the last months of 1919 A young soldier wounded and just released from medical treatment in England comes home to his young wife and to the house he had never before seen from the inside How to return to a life of innocence and peace after what he has experienced Frances Itani delved into a theme that has not lost its power and relevance since then Many soldiers and their loved ones have suffered from what we now refer to as post traumatic stress disorder The story is set in the small town of Desoronto Ontario that had been at the centre at her award winning 2003 novel Deafening Since then Itani has gained recognition and praise for her ability to capture with great sensitivity an individual s psychological struggles to overcome physical and emotional scars and trauma Readers of the earlier novel will no doubt be familiar with both the place and uite a few of the protagonists When asked during an interview about her motivations for the new book Ms Itani explained that she was not entirely finished with minor characters from my earlier novel Deafening who had stories of their own to tell While Tell is a self contained novel that does not reuire the background of the earlier one I personally found that being aware of the other members of the close knit community and their backstories would most likely enrich the reading experience and understanding of the central characters in Tell The storyline evolves primarily around two couples Kenan and Tress and her aunt and uncle Maggie and Am Kenan the young soldier is deeply wounded in body and soul one side of his face his scarred he has lost the use of one eye and one arm He has withdrawn from family and friends and for a time even refuses to leave the house Tress has anxiously awaited her husband s return and now needs all her patience to relate to Kenan and to support him as best she can Trying to understand Kenan s silence on the one hand and attempting to slowly and gently rebuild their intimate relationship places a heavy burden on the young woman She loves her husband deeply and had hoped that they could restart their lives and think of a family She thought she knew Kenan well But never having been much of a talker he holds his thoughts and emotions deeply buried in his mind Vivid memories of scenes in the trenches disrupt his sleep How can anybody understand what he continues to go through It seems his only contact with the outside world that he enjoys is the exchange of letters with one of his friends from the front The character of Kenan is finely drawn and his slow recovery feels totally authentic In time Kenan uietly leaves the house at night unbeknownst to Tress to wander through the woods away from the town He needs the solitude in nature Itani s account of these nightly wanderings is beautifully rendered You can literally take a deep sigh of relief with Kenan His right hand made a sign a word A finger to his lips and back to his chest Tell it seems to be saying but the word was directed at himself It was his private communication TellTress seems to be a competent and kind person but to me she seems stay in the background as a lesser developed character She needs help and seeks advice and solace in the company of her aunt Maggie who she has been close to since her childhood Maggie however has her own long buried scars that she cannot share and that has led to strains in her own marriage to Am Am does suffer from the silence in the home and feels drawn to Kenan Maybe the two men can help each other Itani captures the emotional struggles that Kenan and for different reasons Am go through with great empathy and sensitivity The silence between them slowly melts as Kenan increasingly regains his confidence in skating on the near by rink at night The enjoyment of the sport they both love relaxes them and helps them to open up to each other and the reader will finally learn about some of the long held secrets Desoronto s close knit community is shaken out of their passive acceptance of day to day reality by two outsiders the lively and energetic Zel who opens a boarding house in the woods nearby and the new choirmaster Lukas a refugee from Europe who may or may not stay in Desoronto Zel is like balm for Maggie s soul The two become close friends Under Lukas guidance Maggie rediscovers her love for music and her talent for singing And as can be guessed music has additional healing powers that bring Maggie to a new realization of herself and her ambitions for her life Suffice to add that like all relationships that Itani develops in the novel the new friendship between Maggie and the two newcomers are handled with kindness and subtlety But their impacts not only on Maggie are long lasting Interestingly Frances Itani opens her novel with a short chapter that describes a scene set one year later than the rest of the novel It is intriguing as the reader wonders about the meaning the individuals involved etc I am not sure that this was the most successful way of tackling another major theme that interests the author in her novel that of abandonment and adoption of an infant The novel will not appeal to every reader Itani s writing is detailed and descriptive at times possibly a bit on the slow side The ending felt a bit rushed and unsatisfactory as the beginning and the end were tied together rather superficially

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Tell by Frances Itani Summary ì 108 Ight His wife Tress attempting to adjust to the trauma that overwhelms her husband and which has changed their marriage seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie Maggie along with her husband Am who cares for the town clock tower have their own sorrows which lie unacknowledged between them Maggie finds joy in her friendship with a local widow and in the Choral Society started by Lukas a Music Director who has moved to the town from an unknown place in war torn Europe While rehearsing and performing Maggie rediscovers a part of herself that. He relaxed leaned against the boards of the old barn and closed his good eye His right hand made a sign a word A finger to his lips and back to his chest Tell it seemed to be saying but the word was directed at himself It was his private communication TellIt is November of 1919 when we first meet Kenan Oak Armistice has been declared and although the injured young man has been home from WWI for a year he is just taking his first tentative steps towards healing supported by his wife and family in the tight knit community of Deseronto Ontario The left side of his face is scarred and sightless his left arm hangs dead and useless at his side and shell shocked Kenan was literally unable to speak when he first returned from Europe After spending a year locked away inside his home most often looking out over the nearby bay from his veranda seat Kenan begins to speak with the few visitors he will agree to see and at night when he s sure the streets will be empty Kenan begins to go for walks Still haunted by his wartime experiences and finding themselves unable to conceive a child Kenan finds an unbridgeable rift growing between himself and his wife TressMeanwhile Tress Aunt Maggie and Uncle Am who live in an apartment in the Post Office clock tower and act as the building s caretakers also find themselves growing farther apart as they approach middle age It is eventually revealed that they have been suppressing secrets of their own and when a handsome foreigner comes to town offering music lessons than a long buried love of singing is reawakened in MaggieTell is essentially about the harm that is caused by secrets and suppressed memories It s unsurprising that author Frances Itani chose to explore these ideas in this time and place a small town at the turn of the twentieth century put plenty of pressure on families to hide their shameful skeletons put plenty of pressure on returning soldiers to deal with their problems alone The very first scene of the book has a woman giving her baby up for adoption and we later learn that Kenan had been adopted as an infant himself and because of the stern home atmosphere created by the single man Uncle Oak who had taken him in Kenan had never dared to ask any uestions about his birth mother Oddly for a book about memory characters are always uestioning what they remember Here s Kenan on the war And now in his Deseronto house every inch of which he d explored with his good eye opened and his good eye closed he wondered if he had invented the memories of than three and a half years of war Memories of staring up into night skies expecting the stars to explode Waking up with dew dampening his uniform puttees tightening around his lower legs Standing in wisps of fog that rolled low along the ground in the mornings so that in every direction only heads and torsos could be seen above the mist while legless men called back and forth to one another as they shaved and laughed and groused and swore and prepared to fill their mess tins for breakfastHe might have invented those memories but he had not invented the war Here s Maggie on meeting a famous soprano a story she never told to anyone Perhaps the encounter had never taken place No Maggie was certain it had And here s Am Memory It whipped him around in all directions And who was he to say whether his memories were accurate or not He never knew what would be laid bare Secrets and memory could have been very interesting themes but I found this book a little scattered like the parts didn t hang together Characters are always reminiscing about making grape jelly or skating from Deseronto to Nappanee or living on a chicken farm but only being allowed an egg once a year at Easter and while each little story was interesting they felt like true anecdotes that Itani had collected about the time period that she wanted to cram in for authenticity they were simply not revealed organically Another example There is a skating rink cleared on the ice behind Kenan s house and although some action takes place there it seems like it was used in the book solely because Itani includes excerpts from the archives of the Deseronto newspaper that described the skating rink and suggest the action that should be placed there Also I thought that the apartment that Maggie and Am lived in in the Deseronto clock tower was a really fascinating detail until I learned that Itani s great great aunt and uncle had once been its inhabitants Tell feels like overwrought journalism than prose And a final complaint it felt so unbelievable that Am and Maggie having kept a secret for 25 years a totally not shameful secret that all of Deseronto had apparently colluded in suppressing would both break down and tell it to someone separately on the same day Adding improbability to slow and clunky writing resulted in a bit of a turkey for me and a curious choice for this year s Giller Prize shortlist


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  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Tell by Frances Itani
  • Frances Itani
  • English
  • 27 October 2019
  • 9781443406925