Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Spiral Road: Reflections of Life Journey and Travel, Turned Pilgrimage

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Spiral Road: Reflections of Life Journey and Travel, Turned Pilgrimage

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Laurel Buck, The Spiral Road: Reflections of Life Journey and Travel, turned Pilgrimage (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue: Shoreline Press, 2003), 112pp. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 1-896754-28-7.

The Spiral Road is a celebration of home and family. Home is Alberta, Canada but the family roots are in Ireland. The Spiral Road contains passionate descriptions of both countries. Laurel Buck embraces life with the vigour of a young woman and the wisdom and insight of an older one. This is an intensely optimistic book which celebrates life, love and the future.

The Spiral Road is the third book in Laurel Buck's trilogy of Stream of Memory and Roots Beneath the Pavement. The first book focuses on Megantic County, Quebec, the home of the author's parents. The second book tells the story of Laurel Buck's early years in Verdun. The Spiral Road describes a series of 'pilgrimages'. It is divided into six sections: reflections on the art of story telling and early memories of sugar making; a series of poems which celebrates the author's grandchildren as the natural outcome of a family held together by love and joy of life; reflections on the family's second home, a cabin built in the Gatineau hills of Quebec; a description of Laurel Buck's Irish roots and her visits to the land of her origins; meditations on the millennium, and an epilogue which reiterates the book's central message, namely that by writing in the later stages of life one's eyes are opened 'to life's complex, continuous circularity' (p. …

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