Item description for I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven...
Overview With only two years to live, a young missionary is sent to an Indian village in British Columbia where he learns to face death without fear
Publishers Description Amid the grandeur of the remote Pacific Northwest stands Kingcome, a village so ancient that, according to Kwakiutl myth, it was founded by the two brothers left on earth after the great flood. The Native Americans who still live there call it Quee, a place of such incredible natural richness that hunting and fishing remain primary food sources. But the old culture of totems and potlatch is being replaces by a new culture of prefab housing and alcoholism. Kingcome's younger generation is disenchanted and alienated from its heritage. And now, coming upriver is a young vicar, Mark Brian, on a journey of discovery that can teach him--and us--about life, death, and the transforming power of love.
Citations And Professional Reviews I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 910
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 445
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 451
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 739
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.94" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 1980
ISBN 0440343690 ISBN13 9780440343691
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a beautiful story Oct 6, 2007
I'm adding this book to my short list of best books I have read, those that I want my children to read as they grow up. It left me crying, and happy.
A heart touching reading experience Sep 16, 2007
This is a book that has truely stood the test of time. First published in Canada in 1967, it was later published in the US in 1973 and rose to #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
I started reading "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" at 11 pm and simply could not put down. I finished it 3 hours later. From the first page, author Margaret Craven drew me into this novel of the lives of a Native Canadian tribe living in coastal British Columbia and the young vicar who is sent to minister to them.
The vicar, Mark, does not know that he has only two to three years left to live but in the prologue, we, the readers, find out when the doctor informs his Bishop. Being aware of that looming shadow of death makes the other deaths in the book even more poignant; the human deaths, as well as, the death of the Native way of life.
We travel with Mark on his path of discovery as he learns how to live and work among the people he's come to serve. We experience his loneliness, his uncertainty and share in the joy and sadness as he comes to love and respect this tribe and the individuals in it, just as they come to love and respect and ultimately to accept him as one of their own.
By the end, tears were streaming down my face. I can't remember the last time I was affected so profoundly by a book.
If you haven't read this, I highly recommend it. And if you are one of those who were forced to read this as a high school English assignment, I encourage you to come back to it in a few years time and read it again. You'll be able to see it then with different eyes.
I heard the owl call my name Jul 26, 2007
the book was interesting and a wonderful story sad at the end but it was wonderful I couldn't put the book down and had to read it all.
Owl re-visited Feb 1, 2007
I ordered this recently because I passed the copy I purchased in 1975 to my grandaughter , who has asked me if she can keep it.Of course I said "Yes" , but find I really miss having a copy in the house. Story takes you out of the hubbub and into the essentials.
The Owl... Jan 21, 2007
What does one do for a friend who has only a year or two to live? Do you coddle him or challenge him? That's the premise of I Heard the Owl Call My Name. The bishop who is faced with this question, chooses to send his young ill vicar off to the hardest and most remote parish, a small village in British Columbia. The book covers the remaining months of the vicar's life without dwelling on his situation.
Instead, the book focuses on how the vicar learns the culture of the Kwakiutl and likewise how the Kwakiutl begin to slowly accept that the outside world is beginning to seep into their culture as their children seek education outside of the village.
I Heard the Owl Call My Name is a tender story about two cultures learning from each other as seen through the eyes of a young vicar sent to Kingcome, a village in the Pacific Northwest. It's one of the few books where neither culture is favored in how they are portrayed. Both have their good bits and their bad bits. Characters have good days and bad days and are allowed to grow into well rounded individuals.