With The Age of Water Lilies, Theresa Kishkan has written a beautiful novel that travels from the time of colonial wars to the pacifist movement to 1960s Victoria, and shares a unique and delightful relationship between 70 year old Flora and 7 year old Tessa.When Flora Oakden leaves her English home in 1912 for the fledgling community of Walhachin in British Columbia s intWith The Age of Water Lilies, Theresa Kishkan has written a beautiful novel that travels from the time of colonial wars to the pacifist movement to 1960s Victoria, and shares a unique and delightful relationship between 70 year old Flora and 7 year old Tessa.When Flora Oakden leaves her English home in 1912 for the fledgling community of Walhachin in British Columbia s interior, she doesn t expect to fall in love with the dry sage scented benchlands above the Thompson River and with the charismatic labourer who is working in the orchard When he and all the men of Walhachin return to Europe and the battlefields of France, Flora remains behind, pregnant and unmarried Shunned by those remaining in the settlement, she travels west to Victoria and meets freethinker Ann Ogilvie, who provides shelter for her in a house overlooking the Ross Bay Cemetery Fifty years later, among the headstones of Ross Bay, curious young Tessa is mapping her own personal domain when her life becomes interwoven with that of her neighbour, the now elderly Flora Out of their friendship, a larger world opens up for these unlikely companions Theresa has written a sweeping story that transcends time and springs from a passionate exploration of the natural world, its weather, seasons and plants.
The Age of Water Lilies With The Age of Water Lilies Theresa Kishkan has written a beautiful novel that travels from the time of colonial wars to the pacifist movement to s Victoria and shares a unique and delightful r
I often visit Victoria and the Ross Bay Cemetery is a delight to wander through. This right away brought this book to my attention. Who doesn't like to read of locations they are familiar with? In that aspect, this book is wonderful. It describes the Ross Bay area of Victoria so well I could picture it in my mind and see myself wandering along the coast, as I do when there. I enjoyed the differences as well.e look at Ross Bay in the 20s and the 60s.e slightly wilder, less developed Ross Bay that [...]
The dedication of Theresa Kishkan's The Age of Water Lilies reads "For my parents, the Fairfield years." This is very insightful, for while the novel centres around the character of Flora Oakden and a girl named Tessa, it is also a novel of place, and places become characters. The town of Walhachin, and the 1960's city of Victoria, British Columbia, and within Victoria, the area called Fairfield are more than mere settings.The novel splits itself into two time periods. One occurs from 1912 to ea [...]
When I read a book, I often find myself writing things down to look up later: words, phrases, song lyrics, food, book references, place references. This book has has given me lots to look up, particularly with respect to Ancient Greek literature!! What I didn't need to look up so much, was the Victoria, BC, the predominant setting of the book.I, ostensibly (work here, live just north), live in Victoria and am very familiar with the area. I loved all the visual imagery of the book, with respect t [...]
I have driven by the ghost town of Walhachin near Kamloops, B. C. many times and often wondered about the people that lived there. Flora Oakden moves with her older brother to Walhachin in 1912 from England. He has purchased land and plans to plant an orchard. The book switches back and forth between the years they lived there to her present life in Victoria during the 1960's. While she is living in Walhachin, she meets a laborer but she soon discovers he has a fairly well to do background. She [...]
Although it's not a long or difficult novel, the author provides insight into the BC ghost community of Wallachin, deserted in W.W.I when the men signed up to fight and the women and children left the community. No-one returned. It's a sad chapter of BC history, built with optimism and hope, and left a shadow of its former orcharding promise. In the wider context, the author puts the incident into the themes of war, loss, desertion and plodding on. Great geographical descriptions of Victoria in [...]
This is a great book about women in Victoria and the pacifist movement. Also tells about the friendship between a 70 year old title artist and a very creative 8 year old girl.
Loved the setting of Victoria and the BC interior during and after WWI