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Bryan Moon.
Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1987.
144pp., paper, $12.95.
ISBN 0-88750-702-6. cloth, $25.95. ISBN 0-88750701-8. Part one of The Grapefriut Tree: A Novel in Four Part). CIP.

Adult / Secondary

Reviewed by L. Maingon.

Volume 16 Number 5
1988 September

Once in a while, there comes across a reviewer's desk a really fine piece of literature, prose that smiles back at the reader. Seeds begins with grandmother's mythico-epic tale, purposefully presented as one of several versions, of grandfather's legendary attack of hiccups. All the town attempted to cure him, and the attack led to the planting of the grapefruit seeds and the growth of the tree that grows in grandfather's garden somewhere in Alberta. This tale, in which grandfather is identified as the town's founding father, gives us the panorama of Union's (the town's) inhabitants.

As the novel progresses we are taken through the ramblings of grandfather with his grandson Jonathan and Jonathan's friend, Bobby, on long Chautauquas that bring forth the inhabitants of Union, present and absent, and cast us back to the memories and aspirations that brought Union about. At the closing of Seeds, the reader comes to the end of a first cycle of the first sowings out of which Jonathan will begin his apprenticeship at weaving the warp and woof of the only reality accessible to us - stories - yet stories that have at least the grace of being about us, Canadians.

Moon's debt to his teachers, W. O. Mitchell and Rudy Wiebe, helps explain why he apes neither American and European fashions, as do many writers of the Toronto circuit, nor Californian and Australian literatures, as do many west-coast writers.

This fine novel is printed on high-quality rag paper and has been excellently proof-read. Both the author and editor deserve to be praised.

L. Maingon, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
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