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Wiseman, Adele.

Toronto, Collins, 1988. 352pp, paper, $5.95, ISBN 0-7715-9279-5. (The Macmillan Paperback series #35). CIP

Reviewed by Elaine Balpataky

Volume 16 Number 5
1988 September

Originally published in 1956, The Sacrifice won the Governor General's Award for that year. A Laurentian Library edition was published in 1968 and was reprinted in 1972 and 1975. This edition is the same as the Laurentian Library edition but has a new and brighter cover.

The Sacrifice is the story of Abraham, a devoutly religious Jew, who has brought his wife, Sarah, and his only remaining son, Isaac, to begin a new life in Canada. Two older sons have been killed in the Ukraine in a pogrom. All Abraham's hopes now rest with Isaac. The plot unfolds against a colourful, background of Jewish community life in a western Canadian city. Tragically, Abraham loses Isaac, too, but not before a grandson, Moses, has been born.

Suitable as-a novel for study at the senior level, The Sacrifice concerns the universal conflicts between youth and old age, life and death, love and destruction.

Elaine Balpataky, Ingersoll D.C.I., Ingersoll Ont.
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