NCL 123 – Pandora by Sylvia Fraser


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Pandora  was not included in Series One.


Pandora by Sylvia Fraser (New Canadian Library N123) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

Pandora is Sylvia Fraser’s brash and audacious first novel, the book which Margaret Laurence characterized as “a novel of childhood which is about far more than childhood, for it touches upon the entire human dilemma.” The heroine is seven-year-old Pandora – a fierce, resilient young girl, whose agonies and pleasures are those of a complete personality. The breadth of that personality and the scope of a child’s feelings, impressions, hopes, dreams, fears, and tribulations are the raw material here shaped into a work of proficient literary achievement and sheer, unceasing delight. With appeal as broad as humanity itself, Pandora leads inexorably back to the poignant, too-often forgotten world of childhood, and, by dint of the book’s elemental universality, to basic human emotion and awareness.

Sylvia Fraser, a prize-winning Toronto journalist, is firmly established as one of Canada’s major novelists. She has also written the controversial bestseller The Candy Factory.


Pandora by Sylvia Fraser (New Canadian Library N123) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

“… a stunner… innovative in its technique, precise to one-thousandth of a gesture in its characterization… irrefutably humorous.” – Saturday Night

“It’s about little girls. It’s also about the whole human condition, honestly and refreshingly told… exceptional.” – Calgary Herald

Pandora is Sylvia Fraser’s brash and audacious first novel. The heroine is seven-year-old Pandora – a fierce. resilient young girl whose agonies and pleasures are those of a unique personality. The depth of that personality and the scope of a child’s feelings, hopes, dreams, fears and tribulations are the raw material for a work of astonishing literary achievement and sheer, unceasing delight. With appeal as broad as humanity itself, Pandora sweeps the reader back to the poignant, too-forgotten world of childhood and to elemental human awareness.

Sylvia Fraser is now firmly established as one of Canada’s major novelists. She has also written The Candy Factory, A Casual Affair and The Emperor’s Virgin.


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