Alec’s Jour­ney

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By J.C. Wes­ley Pem­mi­can Pub­li­ca­tions, 136 pages, $15 WE have few sto­ries of Inuit life writ­ten for young peo­ple, and Alec’s Life seeks to fill this void. At the be­gin­ning of the novel, Alec is liv­ing a tra­di­tional life­style in a re­mote Arc­tic vil­lage. But when his mother dies and there is star­va­tion in his com­mu­nity, Alec is sent to live with the ill­tem­pered Hud­son’s Bay post man­ager, a rel­a­tive of his mother. Soon Alec has to move again, first to Eskimo Point, then to Winnipeg, to Elk Lake in North­ern On­tario, and fi­nally to Ottawa, where his tal­ent for carv­ing is rec­og­nized. This is a slim vol­ume, a first novel by for­mer Ottawa teacher Wes­ley.

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