Kalyna's Song

Kalyna s Song Growing up in the small northern Alberta community of St Paul Colleen Lutzak has both positives and negatives to deal with she has an abundance of musical talent excellent grades in school and a cl

  • Title: Kalyna's Song
  • Author: Lisa Grekul
  • ISBN: 9781550503555
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growing up in the small northern Alberta community of St Paul, Colleen Lutzak has both positives and negatives to deal with she has an abundance of musical talent, excellent grades in school, and a close extended family On the other hand, she has a melodramatic mother, a nemesis named Carla Senko who somehow manages to screw up every triumph Colleen closes in on, and aGrowing up in the small northern Alberta community of St Paul, Colleen Lutzak has both positives and negatives to deal with she has an abundance of musical talent, excellent grades in school, and a close extended family On the other hand, she has a melodramatic mother, a nemesis named Carla Senko who somehow manages to screw up every triumph Colleen closes in on, and a cousin named Kalyna Kalyna is Colleen s alter ego they have the same name in different languages and Kalyna is a mystery A grown woman who once had a family, Kalyna talks and acts like a child She loves Colleen s music than anything in the world, and brings out every protective instinct her young cousin has.Colleen vigorously practices her youthful idealism as well as her talent This mindset means life s lessons will be particularly hard on her Her beloved music teacher, who shared and supported her pride in her Ukrainian heritage, suddenly dies Colleen fails miserably in her first attempt at university in Edmonton She is so determined to get away from all the disappointments of home that she registers to attend the United World College campus in Swaziland for a year.Obviously, Swaziland is an utterly foreign experience Colleen meets young women from truly dire political and social circumstances all over the world She realizes how sheltered her life in Canada has been Her sense of identity and self worth is challenged by her foreign surroundings, her homesickness, the suicide of her closest friend And the sudden death of Kalyna.This final tragedy forces Colleen to face adult decisions about the purpose to which she should devote her life and her talent.

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    1. This book was gift from a Canadian friend who knows I like to keep up with new Canadian authors.Lisa Grekul is of Ukrainian descent and the underlying theme of the story is her protagonist's coming to terms with her own culture. As a child in rural Alberta Colleen, like many Ukrainian children of the second generation of immigration, is deeply involved in Ukrainian dance competitions that take place on the prairies. After a defeat at a major cultural festival,she quits dancing and becomes seriou [...]

    2. I picked up this book because it was written by a professor of mine at UBCO and I thought I'd give it a try. It's an intriguing, very Canadian story and I found myself appreciating the numerous references of Ukrainian-Canadian culture. This third generation immigrant story was very compelling. However, I don't plan on finishing this book as it just isn't what I feel like reading now, it isn't my kind of genre, and I feel kind of voyeuristic reading this while in her class! Would recommend to fan [...]

    3. It was okay.I think I've read this book three times in my life so far. I tend to come back to it when I have a lot of time. I haven't read this book in several years, so it was nice to revisit after a while.It's a shame that it was published as it is, because the book really needed another proofread. I found typos - many of them. I also didn't like the way the author referred to the Aboriginal Peoples as "Natives" and "Indians". See page 337 for example, about the African music students being "c [...]

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