NCL 23 – The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler


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The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler (New Canadian Library N23)Series One

From the Back Cover:

Ernest Buckler’s unique and powerful novel, first published in 1952, is set in the Annapolis Valley–for Canada, an old land creased with the labour of generations. In the words of Claude Bissell, the book is a rural idyll which encompasses the harsh and the tragic but “is never indifferent to beauty and wonder.” No less significantly, it is a truly psychological novel probing deeply the lives and passions of its vividly human characters. And, for all its subtlety, it lies close to common human experience–it is indeed “a novel written in praise of the family.” That The Mountain and the Valley has already become firmly established as a Canadian classic constitutes a recognition of its humanity and its power.


The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler (New Canadian Library N23)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Ernest Buckler’s unique and powerful novel, first published in 1952, is set in the Annapolis Valley. In the words of Claude Bissell, the book is a rural idyll which encompasses the harsh and the tragic but “is never indifferent to beauty and wonder.” And, for all its subtlety, it lies close to common human experience–it is indeed “a novel written in praise of the family.”


The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler (New Canadian Library N23)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

A portrait of the artist as a young man–and a richly nostalgic recreation of life and times in the Annapolis Valley in the years before the Second World War.

David Canaan lives in a society centered around simple things. The yearly rituals of planting and harvest keep company with the continuing cycles of birth and death that move through the human community. As David grows from a sensitive boy to an articulate young man, he becomes more and more aware of the difference which sets him apart from his friends and his family. David wants to be a writer–to interpret and preserve the things around him with the touch of words. It is his secret which gives the world of the novel both its detailed focus and poignant theme.

With subtly reminiscent prose, Buckler presents a warmly coloured picture of the natural life of the Annapolis Valley. He explores the worries and the pleasures of a varied cast of characters: the close-knit Canaan family; Toby, the disruptive “city boy”; and gentle, doomed Effie, David’s first love. Most important of all–there is David himself. Elated by the immediacy of his own perceptions, but troubled by the need he feels to give them permanence, David becomes an illustration of the gradual growth of artistic vision.


The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VALLEY is Ernest Buckler’s affectionate portrait od David Canaan, a young man coming of age in the Annapolis Valley in the years before the Second World War. As David grows from a sensitive boy into an articulate young man, he becomes increasingly aware of the difference that sets him apart from his family and his neighbours. David’s desire to write – to interpret and preserve the world around him through the touch of his words – is the secret that gives this haunting story its detailed focus and its poignant theme.

Set against the backdrop of the Annapolis Valley’s natural beauty, THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VALLEY captures a young man’s spiritual awakening and the gradual growth of artistic vision.

“One of the great novels of the English language.” – Alden Nowlan


The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

The Mountain and the Valley is Ernest Buckler’s affectionate portrait od David Canaan, a young man coming of age in the Annapolis Valley in the years before the Second World War. As David grows from a sensitive boy into an articulate young man, he becomes increasingly aware of the difference that sets him apart from his family and his neighbours. David’s desire to write – to interpret and preserve the world around him through the touch of his words – is the secret that gives this haunting story its detailed focus and its poignant theme.

Set against the backdrop of the Annapolis Valley’s natural beauty, The Mountain and the Valley captures a young man’s spiritual awakening and the gradual growth of artistic vision.


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