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Waste-full Crossings: Thomas King’s Rubbishy Border

Bates, Catherine (2013) Waste-full Crossings: Thomas King’s Rubbishy Border. In: Parallel Encounters: Culture and the Canada-US Border. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Canada, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781554589845

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      Thomas King’s Truth & Bright Water begins with an illusory image of a smooth
      border crossing that never takes place, anticipating the fatal, failed border crossing that
      constitutes the novel’s tragic climax. King foregrounds the unfinished and wasted state of the
      only bridge “serving” the cross-border community:
      At a distance, the bridge between Truth and Bright Water looks whole and complete,
      a pale thin line, delicate and precise, bending over the Shield and slipping back into
      the land like a knife. But if you walk down the coulees and stand in the shadows of
      the deserted columns and the concrete arches, you can look up through the open
      planking and the rusting webs of iron mesh, and see the sky. (1)

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
      Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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      Depositing User: Catherine Bates
      Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 15:53
      Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 11:35


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