Magazine article Herizons

So This Is the World and Here I Am in It

Magazine article Herizons

So This Is the World and Here I Am in It

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SO THIS IS THE WORLD AND HERE I AM IN IT

DI BRANDT

NeWest Press

REVIEW BY MAYA KHANKHOJE

An essay collection is always a challenge to review, especially one written over a 10-year period covering subjects as dissimilar as the complexity of honeybee societies, the morality of incest, the unwitting appropriation of native land by Utopian communities defending their own traditions, the mystery of twins, the ethics of cloning and the threats posed not by the existence of wilderness, but by its impending disappearance. Moreover, Di Brandt, as literary critic and poet, speaks from both sides of her brain, an exercise hitherto discouraged by Western positivism. She is also a tough cookie with a tender heart who can shock readers with her world view or disarm them with her passion.

Brandt's critical essays on Canadian literature will appeal to the cognoscenti, whereas her essays based on personal experience will appeal to all readers. Her descriptions of Mennonite communities are not only heartwarming and enlightening, but also help readers understand the importance of cultural diversity. …

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